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Slaying the dissertation dragon, part 1 – why a research project, and your first steps
Education & Curriculum

Slaying the dissertation dragon, part 1 – why a research project, and your first steps

I’m a tad early for St George’s Day but over here in the UK final year Master’s students are gearing up to take on one of the biggest challenges of the qualification – our dissertations, 10,000 to 12,000 word dragons that sneak up on you without you noticing. They’re probably better known as a thesis … Continue reading

Student-led innovation: Bringing social justice to LIS education
Advocacy & Activism / Education & Curriculum

Student-led innovation: Bringing social justice to LIS education

Introduction. The idea I’m going to propose at the end of this introduction came to me during the ALISE Academy at the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) conference in January. The discussion was about integrating social justice topics more intentionally into the LIS curriculum. Talk turned to administrative barriers (university politics, departmental politics, etc.). … Continue reading

Instruction Instruction Part 1: Why Library Teaching Training Matters
Big Picture / Education & Curriculum / Honesty

Instruction Instruction Part 1: Why Library Teaching Training Matters

Author’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the state of library instruction training in LIS programs. In part one, we will discuss why such training matters. Part two will discuss how library students can create or supplement opportunities to become better library instructors. What was it that made you decide you wanted to be … Continue reading

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Cuts to Higher Education: Consequences for Libraries and Future Librarians

Today I’m going to scale back a little bit to talk about graduate school more generally, and some events that have been affecting my own university in particular. These last few weeks have been tough for my school, UW-Milwaukee, as the governor of Wisconsin has announced that his proposed budget includes a $300 million budget … Continue reading