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.


Christine Schwartz
Metadata Librarian
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
> Organization
> 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
> others
> 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,
>      Karen