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NYLA Dewey Scholarship August 31, 2006

Posted by jennimi in Library School.
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Excellent opportunity for library science students! Good luck and pass this along to any interested parties.

“MLS students who are NYLA members interested in applying for the NYLA Dewey Scholarship ($1,500) should visit our website and download application at http://www.nyla.org/index.php?page_id=1133. Application and references need to be submitted to the Dean or Director of your Library/Information Science School/Department by September 29th. Each school can nominate one eligible student to receive the scholarship. The Deans/Directors have until October 20th to recommend recipient to NYLA Council for approval at their November meeting at the Annual Conference and Trade Show in Saratoga Springs Nov. 1-4th. Recipients will be notified by first week of December.”

ALA Warns Buffalo on LIS Program August 24, 2006

Posted by jennimi in Informatics, University at Buffalo.
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Another mention of the dissolution of School of Informatics in Library Journal. Read more here. Previous article, discussing former dean W. David Penniman’s public statement, which I disseminated in the interest of fairness, here.

From the recent LJ article, quoting a letter from ALA president Leslie Burger which has been going around the listservs for quite awhile now:

“We certainly hope that the decision to dissolve the School of Informatics was based on careful study and the expectation that the Departments of Communication and Library and Information Studies will secure the organizational support they require within the Graduate School of Education,” Burger wrote. “However, we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that librarianship is a cross-disciplinary field that spans beyond the traditional boundaries of the educational field. MLS graduates need to be skilled communicators, information technology experts, good managers, and meticulous organizers and disseminators of information to provide leadership in our information-based economy. We hope that the MLIS program students will be encouraged to expand their horizons beyond the education sphere to ensure that they graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workplace.” (my emphasis)

I resisted quoting this letter on Library Matters until now as it was circulating in listservs, where the premise can be an assumption of privacy within the list membership. Privacy rules for individual listservs are usually found in the confirmation email explaining how to post, unsubscribe, etc.

One of the senior faculty members at DLIS is encouraging alums to write to the UB Council to voice any concerns. The home page is http://www.buffalo.edu/ubcouncil/. A contact form is available at the site.

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More discussion of School of Informatics dissolution…. August 9, 2006

Posted by jennimi in Informatics, Library School, University at Buffalo.
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…at Library Student Journal Blog, here, and at Washtublibrarian, here, where notes from the first meeting with the Provost and students were posted. Excellent analysis by commenter LadyoftheLake.

Paws in the Park: University at Buffalo Libraries Team! August 2, 2006

Posted by jennimi in About me, University at Buffalo.
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Paws in the Park, an annual SPCA fundraiser, is set for September 30th at Beaver Island State Park. UB Libraries will once again be coming out to support this important community event. Will you consider joining us, or pledging on behalf of one of our team members?

Josie, Aman and I will be walking virtually and would be honored by any pledge, no matter how big or small, to support the care of our friends at the SPCA. You can visit our page here to make a pledge, or join Team UB Libraries or pledge to other UB Libraries team members here. Thank you for your support and don’t forget to check out team members’ personal pages!

Community matters.
(image courtesy of UB Libraries Team page)

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