Posted below you will find a copy of a letter from Dr. Fred Roper, Jack Bryan, and myself requesting input on a new name for the School of Library and Information Science. Many of you will be receiving this letter in the mail, but I wanted to make sure it was distributed as broadly as possible.
Greetings friends of the School of Library and Information Science,
I’ll be hosting two virtual town halls to talk about current initiatives in the school. These include a new core curriculum for the MLIS, development of a new graduate program in Data and Strategic Communications, and major revisions to our Certificate of Graduate Study where we are looking for all of our incoming grad students graduating with both an MLIS and a certificate of specialization for no additional tuition or classes.
We also have a BIG birthday coming up. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the library science program at the University of South Carolina!
We would like your ideas on celebrating. This includes feedback on the renaming of the school. While the master’s degree will remain the same we are looking for a name to expand upon the fantastic foundation of the school’s half century of innovation to support not only librarians, but the bankers, principals, provosts, and communities librarians serve.
Thank you all who participated in the Town Halls. The recordings of the sessions are below.
SLIS Town Hall 1 Thu, Oct 3, 2019 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT RECORDING
SLIS Town Hall 2 Tue, Oct 15, 2019 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Since the Atlas was first published in 2011 it has won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature, been adopted as a text book, and generated numerous conversations (and let’s be honest, arguments) around the world.
The Atlas was the first in a loose trilogy of books focused on the role of librarians and libraries in communities and centered on knowledge. Expect More was written for supporters of libraries from board members to provosts to community members. The New Librarianship Field Guide, also published by MIT Press, was written as a text book for library students and people looking for a more linear introduction to New Librarianship.
We hope by making the Atlas free online we can expand the conversation on the value and future of the profession internationally.
There has been a lot of interest and use of my book Expect More globally. In 2015 Expect More was updated into a second edition with the support of some fabulous library partners. Today we’re making this new edition freely available to download. You can still purchase paper copies of the print book.
In addition to the free online text (and links to translated versions) I have put together a series of videos talking about using each chapter in the context of community conversations.
A VERY big thank you to the partners who made this possible:
Lead Library Partners
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio)
The Northeast Kansas Library System
RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System)
New York State Library
Maine State Library
Topeka Public Library (Kansas)
Chattanooga Public Library (Tennessee)
Fairfield Public Library (Connecticut)
Enoch Pratt Free Library (Maryland)
F. Franklin Moon Memorial Library, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
The Califa Library Group
Fayetteville Free Library (New York)
State Library of Pennsylvania
Toronto Public Library
California Library Association
Syracuse University iSchool
Dominican University’s School of Information Studies
University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science.
I make this move with a great deal of excitement, and a healthy dose of sadness. I have been affiliated with SU for nearly 28 years in one capacity or another but now is the time for me to apply what I have learned in a new environment.
While there will be more details to follow, I did want to say that it has been the greatest honor and privilege to be part of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. I also want to extend my thanks to the faculty, staff, and students at SLIS and the College of Information and Communications who have been so welcoming and supportive.