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Re: Doctoral Education in Cataloging

From:

Karen Weaver <[log in to unmask]>

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Discussion List for issues related to cataloging & metadata education & training <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 23 Oct 2008 23:17:07 -0400

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I am resending this message since the listserv said it had over 240 lines in
it (who knew?)
sorry everyone if this has been duplicated -- I too am getting messages back
on things from Educat listbot. / Karen W.

On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 10:40 PM, Karen Weaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> ...."I can't think of any ph.d. program that doesn't have at least one
> faculty member whose research area is knowledge organization and at least
> one whose area is information retrieval. If you are reading the research
> in your area of interest, you already know whose work you admire. Check
> out the programs where they teach...."
>
> Something to keep in mind also--even though one never can really--is the
> reality that faculty turnover is a reality and many are and have
> retired. What happens when a new doctoral student does just that--
> relocate -- and half the dept leaves ? In some schools it is a serious
> concern, not just for doctoral students but also for masters students
> interested in working in these areas. When I came to my former doctoral
> program several years ago, I was asked point blank what I wanted to study,
> and it was not a welcomed response--the first *day* at orientation. Other
> doctoral students from other schools have expressed similar experiences.
> Sure it is academic reality sadly, however less people will have tuition
> dollars to blow in this economy for the next 5 years.
>
> Cheers, Karen
>
> Karen Weaver, MLS
> Adjunct Instructor, Cataloging & Classification
> The iSchool at Drexel
> Philadelphia PA
> email: [log in to unmask]
>
> Electronic Resources Statistician
> Duquesne University, Gumberg Library
> Pittsburgh PA
> email: [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, 1 Oct 2008 21:18:11 -0500, Suzanne Stauffer <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> >What sort of issues do you want to study? What programs have you looked
> at?
> >
> >Ph.D. programs are research programs, unlike MLIS programs which are
> professional programs. Few ph.d. programs are going to
> offer "specializations" or focus on specific skills. The real question is
> whether there is anyone on the faculty who can chair a dissertation in a
> specific area. I can't think of any ph.d. program that doesn't have at
> least one faculty member whose research area is knowledge organization and
> at least one whose area is information retrieval. If you are reading the
> research in your area of interest, you already know whose work you admire.
> Check out the programs where they teach.
>
> >Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
> >Assistant Professor
> >School of Library and Information Science
> >Louisiana State University
> >275 Coates Hall
> >Baton Rouge, LA 70803
> >(225)578-1461
> >Fax: (225)578-4581
> >[log in to unmask]
> >
>

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