Some Library Schools Make Strides While Others Close

Quinn, Judy; Rogers, Michael
September 1991
Library Journal;9/1/1991, Vol. 116 Issue 14, p117
Trade Publication
This article discusses the effort of some U.S. library schools to save and strengthen their programs. Peter Spyers-Duran, dean of the Library Science Program at Wayne State University, wrote the Library Journal about the 300 percent enrollment growth during the past three years. Wayne State has also scheduled an additional faculty post in 1992. The university also developed plans for a doctoral program. This is a reversal of a trend in which universities are dropping the doctoral program as the preview of an entire phaseout. Spyers-Duran credits the success of the school to a curriculum and faculty overhaul as well an increased push for scholarship and alumni donations that began as he took post in 1983. As some school seek to strengthen internally, other schools are reaching out through new distance education programs. The Graduate Library School of the University of Arizona at Tucson, in conjunction with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education will be offering what it describes as a strong, video-based solution to the national crisis in library school education. University classes will be videotaped and sent via satellite. Underlying all these efforts is the very real fear for library schools' survival.


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