According to AL Direct, the School if Information Science at LSU is going to be combined into a new department with the schools of education and social work. That should do a lot to raise its intellectual profile on campus and increase the intellectual rigor of the program. I was thinking about this in relation to my post on academic librarians desperate to be loved by the "faculty" while not really being taken seriously. It should hardly be surprising that real faculty don’t consider librarians to be real faculty. Would they consider someone with a master’s degree in social work or education to be "real" faculty?
Maybe it’s just in Louisiana that librarians are considered the equivalent of school teachers and social workers. Not that there’s anything wrong with school teachers and social workers; I just don’t consider anything I do similar to what social workers do. In my library snob way, I guess I also think it’s more important to have librarians than social workers, but then again I’ve never had much contact with either of them as a client. From what I hear about a lot of public libraries, a degree in social work would probably be an even more appropriate degree than an MLS. This could be the new trend as libraries become de facto homeless shelters and day care centers and such in places that aren’t willing to pony up to house their homeless and take care of their children.
It’s been a dark week. I’ll be glad when Chip is back from his vacation.