Don't Dis the LIS "Crisis"

Berry III, John N.
October 2004
Library Journal;10/1/2004, Vol. 129 Issue 16, p10
Trade Publication
This is an article commenting about the debate over whether there is a crisis in library education in the United States. You can always depend on the deans to defend library education as it exists against any who dare to suggest that it ought to change. Dismissive responses were fired off again recently on JESSE, the electronic discussion list for library educators. The target this time was Michael Gorman, the great library cataloging guru, president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA), and current dean of library services at Cal State-Fresno. The two fastest guns in LIS returned a hail of fire at Gorman. The defensive dismissal of these issues by so many leaders in library education is crisis enough to make Gorman's case.


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