Suzanne, Judy, and Karen,
Thank you for your generosity in sharing info about LIS Ph.D. programs and
adjunct teaching opportunities. It's given my a lot of food for thought and
avenues to pursue.
I don't have a desire to embark on the research track, so I'm going to
explore adjunct teaching. I'll keep you posted as to how things progress.
Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries
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On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM, Karen Weaver <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Christine:
> I know that University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has been developing a very
> strong program in faculty and research in organization of information
> topics--including cataloging / metadata,
> A recent 2009 conference was held in Milwaukee on the Ethics of Information
> which is in a recent issue of CCQ v. 47 no. 7 2009 which may be of further
> interest in terms
> of new research for cataloging/metadata
> University of Washington program has faculty working in these areas, among
> which is something to consider seriously about LIS PhDs in this area today
> as it does not exist in many programs imho and experience previously. You
> will have to find senior faculty willing to work in cataloging/metadata
> areas. Personally, I am not looking outside of the US to complete my own
> education. Another factor will be costs --many programs do not want you to
> work until later on in your program if you do work and go part time, it
> takes forever,
> and imho can also work "against" you. If you are doctoral student you
> cannot teach as an adjunct in the same program either which is something to
> also consider.
> I've been teaching as an adjunct at Drexel for about 3 yrs now, and since
> you are in the Princeton NJ area you have Drexel as an option nearby,
> Rutgers, Maryland and Catholic are also accessible from there to explore.
> Options for teaching can also include face to face on campus classes at
> Drexel for adjunct faculty as there is the demand for it--usually classes
> are also offered on campus, while most of their students are online as far
> as I know.
> Drexel also has faculty working in cataloging/metadata research but one
> could not work / teach as an adjunct and be a doctoral student in the PhD
> program there at the same time.
> Many masters level students can work there and complete their programs this
> way as at many other schools. I've been looking at some newer programs
> coming out and that have been out in terms of innovative programs --Syracuse
> has a shorter timeline for a professional PhD and some excellent faculty
> also on board to work with
> Dominican University in Chicago area has recently started a new LIS PhD
> with also some good faculty on board as well as many research
> collections/resources in the area
> you can read more about the new 2009 PhD cohort here and on the website
> another fellow blogger in the blogosphere Michael Stephens Tame the Web
> completed his doctorate at University of North Texas program
> you might want to read more about the journey so far there.
> I would advise you to look carefully--very carefully at each program. What
> is sometimes promoted is also not the reality once you are there as faculty
> leave and new deans, administration simply want research only in certain
> areas which trickles down after a certain point too to doctoral students
> working with senior faculty/researchers.
> If you can relocate, then that is also an option for other options. UNC
> Illinois all have good programs & faculty in these areas.
> Another avenue, depending on what one's ultimate goals & aspirations are is
> to pursue a EdD
> or a PhD in another related area. Sorry this post is so long, I'm catching
> up on some emails after the holidays, good luck and I hope you find options
> that continue to work for you--
> This year is the year of 'cataloging research' so that is hopefully a
> positive sign :-)
> All the best Chris,
> & good luck as you explore new possibilities ahead,