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University of Arizona Launches School of Information

Posted in Information Schools on April 21st, 2015

The University of Arizona has launched its School of Information headed by Bryan Heidorn.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The iSchool combines the School of Information Resources and Library Science, or SIRLS, located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts, or SISTA, located in the College of Science.

The iSchool will include additional affiliate faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Science, as well as faculty from College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities who have research interests in digital arts and humanities. . . .

The Master of Arts in library and information science is accredited by the American Library Association and prepares students for careers in libraries, museums and archives, as well as in government and business information centers. . . .

Students in the doctoral program in information learn to develop and apply computational methods to challenges that overlap multiple academic disciplines—from discovering signaling pathways in cells, to understanding musical improvisation, to training digital video cameras to understand what they see—and will be prepared for careers in academia, government and industry.

A Master of Science in information is undergoing university approvals and is expected to be available for classes beginning in the fall.

The iSchool also will offer a variety of certificates. Like most of the degrees, they will be offered face-to-face and online. They are:

  • The DigIn (Digital Information Management) graduate certificate, which trains professionals to create and manage large, complex digital collections.
  • The certificate in archival studies, which teaches students how archival practices affect the composition and meaning of cultural artifacts and the historical record.
  • The legal information and scholarly communication certificate, which prepares students to serve in various types of libraries, archives, government agencies and businesses where legal information is critical for success. For jobs where a Juris Doctorate is required, the school provides a law librarianship graduate certificate.
  • The certificate in medical and community health information, which will involve skills in the acquisition and dissemination of quality health information as well as training on providing culturally competent health information services.

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    SJSU School of Library and Information Science Offers Digital Curation Post-Master’s Certificate

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Information Schools on January 31st, 2014

    The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science now offers a Digital Curation Post-Master's Certificate option.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Students at the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU) can now take courses that prepare them for a career in digital curation. The school recently added a new career pathway in digital curation for its Post-Master's Certificate program students. A similar career pathway will be available starting in fall 2014 for students enrolled in the school's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.

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      UC Berkeley School of Information Launches Online Master of Information and Data Science Program

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Information Schools on July 18th, 2013

      The UC Berkeley School of Information has launched an online Master of Information and Data Science program.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The I School is staking out new master's degree territory in educating data scientists. While other institutions provide individual classes, certificates, or associate master's degrees in data science, the I School has designed a comprehensive and integrated suite of courses that culminate in a capstone course designed to solidify a student's knowledge of the breadth of data science concepts and skills.

      The rigorous new 27-unit MIDS program officially begins in January 2014. Aimed at the working professional, the program will be offered online—except for a required, one-week immersion program at the I School's home at South Hall, to meet in person and explore the Bay Area tech environment.

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        UNC at Chapel Hill Offers Post-Masters Certificate in Data Curation

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Information Schools on November 13th, 2012

        The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is now offering a Post-Masters Certificate in Data Curation.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        With a two-week intensive kick-off on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus during summer session (May 2013), the remainder of the program will be taught online and includes guided projects that arise from a student's work experience. The 30 credit program can be completed in two years.

        Defined by Drs. Helen Tibbo, alumni distinguished professor, and Christopher (Cal) Lee, associate professor at SILS, "Digital/data curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital/data curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts."

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          Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways

          Posted in Information Schools, Libraries on November 2nd, 2012

          The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways, a book that includes the thoughts and ideas of some of the brightest leaders of the information and library science world, is now available in both paper and e-book form at lulu.com . The book is a compilation of position papers written by these leaders and initially prepared and presented at a special two-day symposium and conference on June 4 and 5, 2012 at the William and Ida Friday Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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            Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science Offers Digital Humanities Concentration in M.S. Degree

            Posted in Digital Humanities, Information Schools on August 22nd, 2012

            The Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science is offering a Digital Humanities program concentration in its M.S. in Library and Information Science degree.

            Here's an excerpt from the program description:

            The concentration addresses the range of issues involved in digital humanities, from digitizing primary sources and creating content systems to analyzing data and exploring new platforms for research and publication.

            By the end of the concentration, students are able bring skills in digitization, preservation, metadata, analysis, and technology into academic settings to support faculty and institutional teaching and research. They are also prepared to serve as thought leaders at cultural heritage institutions in the area of digital scholarship and public programming.

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              Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies Offers Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Information Schools on August 12th, 2012

              Syracuse University's School of Information Studies is offering a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science.

              Here's an excerpt from the program web page:

              Data scientists collect, organize, store, analyze and share big data. In other words, they know where data lives and can find it. They keep it in an accessible format ready for query. They look at data and see patterns and trends. Most importantly, they share what they find with partners, collaborators and, in many cases, the world.

              The iSchool is helping lead the dialogue in defining data science within the academic community and within industry. In doing so, students in this CAS program have the rare opportunity to place their fingerprint on the first wave of standards. This will help institutions and affiliates clarify the murky definitions of data science as it infiltrates public consciousness over the next five to ten years. Professionals with this CAS are particularly poised to lead this field. Our students gain hard, technical skills but also possess the soft, theoretical skills that organizations desperately need.

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                DCEP Final Report; Centuries of Knowledge: Graduate School of Library and Information Science Data Curation Education Program

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Information Schools, Reports and White Papers on May 14th, 2012

                Melissa H. Cragin et al. have self-archived the DCEP Final Report; Centuries of Knowledge: Graduate School of Library and Information Science Data Curation Education Program in IDEALS.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The Centuries of Knowledge grant was designed to increase educational and research capacity in data curation at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We developed the Data Curation Education Program, a specialization within our Master of Science degree program, graduating 38 students to date. New courses developed for the specialization include Foundations of Data Curation, a survey course on the emerging field, and Digital Preservation. We developed the Summer Institute on Data Curation for practicing information professionals, facilitating the development of a community of practice across U.S. and Canadian academic and research organizations. Our outreach and service activities have led to a range of new partnerships that have resulted in student fieldwork opportunities, as well as new collaborative research and education activities resulting in 4 successful grant proposals.

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                  Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure Fellowships

                  Posted in Information Schools on November 16th, 2011

                  The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure Fellows for 2012-2014.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is funding fellowships for the project "Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure" or ESOPI2. This project seeks to prepare the next generation of public information stewards by building on the existing dual degree program and developing fellowships, curricula, courses, and experiential components designed specifically for the needs of public sector information professionals. This fellowship provides graduate students interested in both public information and public policy with the skills needed to become leaders in public information curation and public policy administration.

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                    LSU Chancellor Recommends Eliminating MLS Degree

                    Posted in Information Schools on May 26th, 2010

                    Louisiana State University Chancellor Michael Martin has recommended that LSU's MLS program be eliminated.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    In response to the current fiscal crisis facing higher education in Louisiana, LSU Chancellor Michael Martin has recommended the elimination or reduction of 20 academic programs, centers, institutes and facilities at LSU in the first phase of changes to reduce costs and focus the mission of the university. . . .

                    Academic programs recommended for closure include the Master of Library and Information Sciences, the Bachelor of Arts in German and Latin and the reduction of language options for a savings of approximately $1.5 million at full implementation. Additional savings of $500,000 would be achieved through administrative adjustments in Continuing Education.

                    Read more about it at "LSU Plan Would Cut Programs."

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                      Digital Information Management Podcasts/Videos from DigIn

                      Posted in Copyright, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries, Information Schools on May 20th, 2010

                      The University of Arizona Digital Information Management (DigIn) certificate program has released a series of podcasts and videos about information management topics.

                      Here's the press release:

                      The University of Arizona Digital Information Management (DigIn) certificate program recently hosted a series of talks by members of the program's national advisory panel. The resulting podcasts offer an in-depth discussion of critical themes we explore regularly in the DigIn courses as we help information professionals meet the challenges we face in the digital environment today.

                      All podcasts are available at:

                      http://digin.arizona.edu/presentations.html

                      Friday, April 23, 2010
                      University of Arizona Main Library

                      "Career Paths for Information Professionals: Looking Ahead to 2020"

                      A panel discussion with members of the national advisory panel for the Digital Information Management (DigIn) graduate certificate program. This discussion examines the evolving role of the information professions today, and focuses on the skills and knowledge professionals need to build effective careers in a fast-changing environment.

                      Moderator:
                      Peter Botticelli
                      Director, DigIn program
                      http://digin.arizona.edu/

                      Panelists:
                      Charles Bailey, Jr.
                      Publisher, Digital Scholarship
                      http://www.digital-scholarship.org/

                      Richard Pearce-Moses
                      Past President, Society of American Archivists
                      Deputy Director for Technology and Information Resources,
                      Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

                      Christine Szuter
                      Professor of Practice and Director
                      Scholarly Publishing certificate program,
                      Arizona State University

                      Pete Watters
                      Technology Officer
                      Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

                      Friday, April 23, 2010 James E. Rogers College of Law

                      Roberta I. Shaffer Law Librarian of Congress

                      "Digitization and the Future of Law Libraries"

                      Legal Information is increasingly born digital and presents challenges of authenticity and preservation that are critical because of the role of legal authorities in establishing the "rule of law." This presentation by Roberta I. Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress, will discuss unique challenges that face law makers, law practitioners, and information professionals who are the stewards of our legal legacy. Ms. Shaffer will also discuss developments at the Library of Congress that are designed to address some of the concerns.

                      Friday, April 23, 2010 University of Arizona Main Library

                      Richard Pearce-Moses
                      Past President, Society of American Archivists
                      Director of Digital Government Information,
                      Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
                      http://rpm.lib.az.us/

                      "Curating the Digital Past: Lessons from the PeDALS Project"

                      As the volume and complexity of digital information continues to grow, archivists and librarians have begun to develop the tools needed to preserve society’s legacy of digital records. This presentation by Richard Pearce-Moses will discuss the PeDALS project, a nationally-recognized digital preservation initiative funded by the Library of Congress, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) as part of its Preserving State Government Information initiative. This initiative focuses on capturing, preserving, and providing access to a rich variety of state and local government digital information.

                      DigIn is part of the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science. Major funding for the program comes from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which has also provided scholarship funding.

                      Additional details on the program, including course descriptions, admissions requirements and application forms may be found on the program website:

                      digin.arizona.edu

                      Applicants may also contact the DigIn staff at:

                      digin@email.arizona.edu

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                        Digital Video of “Skills for the Future: Educational Opportunities for Library and Museum” Session

                        Posted in Information Schools on April 18th, 2010

                        A digital video of the “Skills for the Future: Educational Opportunities for Library and Museum” session of the Webwise 2010 conference is now available.

                        Panelists included Peter Botticelli, University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science; Phyllis Hecht, Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Program; Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science; and Bill Veillette, Northeast Document Conservation Center.

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