ERIC Number: ED335029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-28
Reference Count: N/A
The Impossible Dream: The Library Media Technology Program at Northland Pioneer College.
Lim, Coralie Ann
Several practical courses were designed in 1975 to train paraprofessional librarians to fill the need for trained staff in the library of the newly established Northland Pioneer College (NPC), a state-supported community college located in Navajo County, Arizona. Although the instructor originally traveled to each NPC center to conduct classes on a rotating basis, this approach had two major drawbacks: (1) the instructor had to travel long distances to meet with very few students; and (2) the students who were working in isolation remained isolated. These problems have been addressed by scheduling classes in a central location, and the program continues to be successful. The Library Media Technology curriculum allows students to earn a Certificate of Applied Science in Library Media Technology as well as a 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Library Media Technology. NPC also allows flexible course scheduling; for example, two or more related courses can be taken simultaneously for individual credit, and it is also possible for a student to take a class through an Independent Learning Contract. Although the NPC is linked through audio and video to each of its centers, many students--many of whom are Native Americans--still live hours away from the nearest center. Contacts are currently being made with other community colleges to see if they would host workshops/courses. The Advisory Committee is recommending the establishment of a Weekend Credential Program in which videotape presentations by experts in the field would be used to complement the on-site instructors. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northland Pioneer Coll., Holbrook, AZ.