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Thursday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Cabbages, Kings, and Curriculum: Bridging LIS Education and New Practices in Librarianship

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Throughout the lifespan of formal education for librarianship, librarians have discussed its value in preparing new practitioners. Unfortunately for Library and Information Science (LIS) educators, practitioners’ assessments are rarely laudatory; most frequently, critics assert that LIS curricula are out of touch with the practical skills librarians need to be effective in new and emerging areas. However, librarians often feel stymied in their efforts to influence LIS education, in part because practitioners, even in academic libraries, may not have much opportunity to observe the process of adapting and revising elements of LIS education, limiting their ability to advocate for more responsive curricula.
To empower practitioners with information that will help with this process, this session will walk attendees through the process of revising LIS curricula at both the course and programmatic levels. One of the two presenters, who is a former practitioner, current LIS faculty member, will describe the administrative, pedagogical, and bureaucratic processes (and barriers) involved in making substantive changes to courses and larger program curricula. She will also describe large- and small-scale revisions to her program’s curriculum in recent years, and the process of creating a new course in Planning and Assessment. The other presenter, a practitioner and frequent LIS adjunct instructor, will describe her experience with creating and teaching LIS graduate courses, including a new scholarly communication course. For those interested in teaching in an LIS program, her experience offers context and presents a potential roadmap.
Attendees will be asked to consider their own experiences in LIS education as students, instructors, guest lecturers, and liaisons; and their observations of the directions, needs, and strengths of the field. Through the presentation and discussion, attendees will come away from the session with concrete tools for helping to shape the future of LIS education.

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Jill Grogg

Strategist, Content and Schol Comm Initiatives, LYRASIS
Jill Grogg is a Strategist with the Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives team at LYRASIS. Previously, she was electronic resources coorindator at The University of Alabama Libraries for over a decade.
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Rachel Fleming-May

Associate Professor, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401