November 17, 2017

CLA and San Jose State University SLIS Announce New Partnership

By Norman Oder

After a break, relationship reboot means more student involvement

  • Break last year over services to students, Drexel relationship
  • Greater student involvement in organizations, mentorship
  • CALIX now at UCLA

Last month, the California Library Association (CLA) and San José State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) announced a new partnership which involves greater student involvement on CLA Committees as well as the Board of Directors.

They also promised "stronger collaboration on mentorship programs between students and career
librarians."

Rapprochement after break

This represents a resumption of relations after SLIS last year severed its partnership with CLA, withdrawing from hosting the CALIX electronic mailing list and saying it would no longer buy several hundred memberships a year for its students.

SLIS said CLA had broken a promise by partnering with Drexel University Online and also had neglected support for students.

CALIX is now hosted by the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, but, according to CLA’s Richard Berta, "It is my understanding that SLIS will continue to purchase joint CLA/ALA memberships for students in their first year."

CLA President Kim Bui-Burton stated, "CLA is excited for the opportunity to have more valuable interaction with the students, faculty and staff of the SJSU SLIS program."

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