Institute for Advanced Librarianship Idea
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A g r e e m e n t s u p p l e m e n t s 287 innovAtion versus entrepreneurship mAp loCAtion F, G, 6 threAD loCAtion Page 128 sCApe Innovation versus Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurium Innovation demonstrates is further defined by institute For ADvAnCeD librAriAnship iDeA mAp loCAtion E, 8 threAD loCAtion Page 184 sCApe Author R. David Lankes Need to Expand the Educational Ladder Institute for Advanced Librarianship Idea an example is Figure 153 Figure 154 288 A g r e e m e n t s u p p l e m e n t s Agreement DesCription A Note about the Description Developed initially as part of ongoing dialogs with the Free Library of Philadelphia and other library and information science schools, the Institute is an example means of expanding the educational ladder (see “Need to Expand the Educational Ladder”). The ideas within this example could certainly be replicated at any prestigious and/or progressive library (academic, public, special, governmental, etc.). The following description is a slightly modified version of a proposal prepared for the Free Library of Philadelphia. It has been slightly modified to make it more generic, but it is still a proposal and reads as such. Concept The Institute for Advanced Librarianship is envisioned as an elite clinical teaching and research environment that seeks to innovate current library practice and invent the future of the field. It shall prepare future leaders in information science and technology with world-class academic and research programs that emphasize innovation and realword impact. The Institute shall be a shared effort of the library science community, housed at one of the nation’s leading universities and located at the world-class library. Rather than competing with other library science programs, it will work with and enhance the current offerings of these programs. Each year the Institute will offer 10 fellowships to current LIS students who have completed their basic or core instruction (normally their first year of a full-time program). These students will be in residence at the partner library for two semesters, where they will study as a cohort, improving and innovating real services for real users . They will gain invaluable technical and organizational skills (marketing , change management, risk assessment, budgeting) from fulltime faculty, experts from industry, visits to policymakers, and top practitioners all in the framework of innovation and change. They will then return to their home schools to graduate. Detailed in this agreement are the concepts, structure, and aspirations for the Institute. It is divided up for easy access to the particulars , but taken as a whole it is a vision for harnessing the strengths of partners and location to improve libraries and, ultimately, the communities they serve. The Institute is a place to prepare change agents in the academy, industry, government, schools, and towns throughout the continent. The Need Libraries in North America are seeking a new mission. Beyond the advances in technology and the explosion in information production, the communities they serve are changing, forcing libraries to adapt. These communities are changing as a result of the increasing capabilities of and reliance on a digital information infrastructure. This digital transformation shows up not only on the Internet but in areas as diverse as entertainment, where digital distribution of media is changing television and music distribution alike; government, as essential services such as tax payment and even voting are becoming digitally enabled; banking; and health care. Whether a community member interfaces with this new digital world through a computer, cell phone, or mediator such as a bank, the digital pressure is changing nearly all aspects of daily life. In such a world of connected massive stores of diverse data, no wonder libraries that seek to serve these communities are facing a challenge of identity, resources, and mission. While library science and information schools have traditionally served as facilitators in such field-wide examinations, their effectiveness in this role has been blunted. There are several reasons for this: • A Greater Emphasis on Research Funding: The economic realities in higher education drive any discipline in today’s universities to greater emphasis on research funds; there is also greater pressure to grow existing degree programs and start new ones. The need to expand budgets through research funds means a greater emphasis on applied research in “hot areas.” Today, with information being central to so many endeavors, those hot areas are in defense, telecommunications , and economic development. Further, although many universities are trying to reverse...



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  • Library science -- Philosophy.
  • Library science -- Forecasting.
  • Libraries and community.
  • Libraries and society.
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