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ERIC Number: EJ1165764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Library Science Education: A New Role for Academic Libraries
Wesley, Threasa L.
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v18 n1 p5-15 Jan 2018
Many individuals working in library and information organizations do not hold a master of library science (MLS) degree or other specialized library science credential. Recognizing that this professional gap could be addressed by diversified educational opportunities, the W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights developed an online bachelor's degree in library informatics and a series of professional development workshops. These initiatives dovetailed with programs being promoted across the university's entire academic curriculum. However, placing these degree and professional development programs within the library, rather than in a separate teaching department, was an uncommon arrangement. This arrangement has proved an efficient, sustainable structure for curriculum appropriate to undergraduate degrees and continuing education. This article will address the appropriateness of undergraduate and professional development levels of library science education, the sustainability of operating these programs within an academic library, and the vitality that this educational role has brought to Steely Library and its library faculty.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
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