The Need for Collaborative Librarianship Classes?
The ACRL Blog (www.acrlog.org) has a long post about what an Academic Librarianship course should offer based on feedback from readers. You can read it here:
Though I loved the course I had in Academic Librarianship during my SLIS education, I can say it wasn’t as comprehensive as suggested above.
I guess the course I think I would have liked, and perhaps might help librarianship as whole, is something like an “interconnected librarianship” course. More and more I am coming to realize as an academic librarian that what happens (or doesn’t happen) in school libraries impacts what happens in academic libraries. Also, since I have never had the opportunity to work at an institution with the funds to purchase every resource, that the resources at the local public libraries are of extreme importance. More and more I have to refer patrons to the public library for materials. Often I have heard the rationale to cut something in my library based on the fact that the public library has it. Also, those resources made available by state agencies (such as state-wide databases) decide much of what resources are available in the academic libraries I work in. So it really isn’t like Vegas, because what happens in one library doesn’t stay in that library (if that makes any sense). A library is not a closed system.
I would rather see classes (not to mention conferences) where collaboration between all librarians is emphasized. Because it seems what is happening in the library down the road (whatever “level” of library) is driving what is happening in my library.
What class do you wish you had in Library school?