Library and Information Studies George and Mary Bobinski Lecture 2017
Under Duress: The MLS and Libraries Today
An American Library Association (ALA) accreditation of programs signals, in part, the professionalization of the library workforce. Over time, the required degree for professional librarians became the Master of Library Science (and its variants). Recently, a number of factors have combined to create questions about the value of and need for an ALA-accredited MLS degree for library professionals. JOHN BERTOT will present findings from two recent initiatives which demonstrate both the benefits and the challenges to an ALA-accredited MLScentric library workforce. John is currently is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor, and Co-Director of the Information Policy & Access Center in the iSchool at the University of Maryland College Park. Prior to becoming Associate Provost, John served as the MLS Program Director from 2012-2015. Most recently, he served as Principle Investigator for the IMLS-funded Digital Inclusion Study of Public Libraries in partnership with the American Library Association. This lecture is supported by The George and Mary Bobinski Lecture Fund. George S. Bobinski, Emeritus Professor and former Dean, School of Information and Library Studies, is a library historian and noted scholar. Mary Bobinski was a former director Amherst Public Libraries, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. This fund was established to bring scholars of significant standing and high quality to address important topics in library and information studies. This lecture is free, but please RSVP at: https://2017bobinskilecture.eventbrite.com Reception to follow, sponsored by Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, University at Buffalo Libraries, and the Western New York Library Resources Council.