Thank you Jill !
Yes, Thanks, Jill. I was happy to be able to follow the conversation.
thanks for doing this so we can stay informed!
Thanks, Jill! This was great!
I'm reading this after the fact -- thank you so much! I did my degree (which is not an MLIS, but an MISt, or Master of Information Studies, with a dual concentration in LIS and Book/Print History) at the U of Toronto's Faculty of Information Studies, which changed its name to the iSchool this year.
Thanks for the update on this meeting. I wasn't able to attend but was glad to follow along here. I feel this is a decision that needs to be discussed so that no one feels alienated. This is my last semester at SCILS and feel we need to reinvent ourselves with possibly a new name. I feel we are fighting lots of battles at the state level to keep libraries open and modifying our roles in school libraries at many levels in NJ and elsewhere in the U.S. We need to stay visible whether we keep the term 'library' or change it to another term it's fine but to completely wipe out the school's name in favor of broader terms-I am very much against that. We need to remain visible and establish an identity with whichever name we choose not drop it completely-that is key. Great discussion!
I think dropping the "L-Word" comes across as a twofold negative to me and many of my librarian peers (I am a recent MLIS grad from Rutgers): on the one hand, it feels like active disrespect from the school (where most of the faculty, even in the MLIS program, never have been and never will be interested in something as mundane as librarianship, as opposed to much 'sexier' topics like human information behavior etc.) In addition, dropping the L shows how out of touch the school is with the library world, which has been moving away from being called 'information specialists' etc and back to talking about 'libraries/librarians' etc. Oh well.