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Title: Building a Continuing Education Program for Library Professionals

Building a Continuing Education Program for
Library Professionals
The Changing Information Landscape
  • Accelerated shift in user behavior and
  • Electronic revolution has created an information
  • Libraries are no longer considered by some to be
    the information provider of choice.
  • Research institutions are developing new
    priorities and shifting funds to services
    essential to bringing those priorities about.
  • Pace of technological change continues to
  • The information playing field is becoming level
    in this environment, providing lots of
    opportunities for success and failure.

Library Response to these Changes
  • Viewing the future library as an entity whose
    form is recognizable as a successor to todays
  • Attention focused on the collection and managing
    new sources of information

Increasing Importance of Human Capital
  • Future of library may be principally as a human
    institution, a corps of information
    professionals, not just a repository or treasure
    house of information
  • Library as virtual and physical place users go
    for help in finding information resources they
    need or in creating new information resources of
    their own.

State of Library Professionals Today
  • Aging librarians
  • Shortage of librarians
  • Half-life of professional degree is shrinking
  • Aggregation of professionals
  • New skill setsnot just hiring new professionals
    for old jobs

What Goes Around Comes Around….
  • Early 20th century move to professionalize
    librarianship by substituting formal education
    for on the job training
  • Early 21st century as professional schools
    adjust their curricula for more diverse careers,
    a new librarians acculturation may take place
    only in the organization

The Three Rs
  • Recruit informational professionals into
  • Retool existing librarians
  • Retain staff through opportunities to learn new
    skills while applying them in a cultural context

No one knows what is good practice in
constructing a digital library
  • Cliff Lynch, WebWise Conference 2002

Why Cornell for Continuing Education?
  • Grounded in practice, a teaching library
  • Conceptually strong, but does it work?
  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
  • Innovative digital services
  • Commitment and track record in teaching,
    research, publication

Some Guiding Principles
  • Attributes of new professionals
  • No absolutes, but choices to make
  • Informed decision making
  • Acknowledging the full continuum

Some Guiding Principles
  • Appreciating that institutional context is the
    bottom line
  • Sticking to values educating responsible
    citizens and extending the frontiers of
    knowledge as prime motivator
  • Collaboration first, competition second

Models to Review
  • Rare Book School at UVA
  • ARMA CRM program
  • Historical Editing Institute
  • CA Institute on 21st Century Librarianship
  • Tilburg
  • DELOS Summer School on DL Technologies
  • Digital Imaging and Digital Preservation Workshops

What will it look like?
  • Summer Institute
  • Credentialing (non-degree, tiered certification,
    acceptance by certification programs, CEUs,
    formal connections with LIS programs, government
  • On-line, on site, residency program
  • Apprentice, journeyman, master
  • Continuing program over many summers

  • license provides long-term institutional access
  • born digital content not available in hard copy
  •  born digital content not available in hard copy
  • published vendor archival preservation plan
    includes multi-site archives, periodic migration,
    format assessment, external certification, third
    party safety net
  • content in high demand by local users