Educational Technology

April 28, 2011

Forget dusty book stacks – tomorrow’s librarians are all about tech

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Sam Allis, Boston Globe

Library science used to be the realm of career changers. Bookish types, having put in some years in the work world, would enroll in a graduate program with dreams of one day making a living surrounded by the noble hush of book stacks, card catalogs, and shelf upon shelf of reference tomes. Not so today. “More people today are coming straight out of college,’’ says Michèle Cloonan, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. “The students are younger. Ten years ago, the vast majority of them had worked before coming here.’’ Tomorrow’s librarians face a two-year graduate school curriculum freighted with technology courses that didn’t exist 10 years ago, courses that will likely be replaced by others within a year or two. The future of libraries is a constantly evolving digital landscape, and technical literacy, as it is in so many other fields, is absolutely essential to find a job in a brutal job market.

http://articles.boston.com/2011-04-16/lifestyle/29425755_1_librarians-job-market-card-catalogs

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