Call Number Podcast: What’s New in Library School?

Episode 86 explores trends in LIS education

August 14, 2023

Episode 86 of Call Number is titled, "What's New in Library School?"

It’s that time of the year again: School is back in session, including for students working toward their master’s degrees in library and information science.

In Episode 86, Call Number looks at what’s new in library school.

First, American Libraries Associate Editor and Call Number host Diana Panuncial explores iBlackCaucus, a student organization formed by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA).

She chats with Ana Ndumu, assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at University of Maryland in College Park; Shauntee Burns-Simpson, associate director at the Center for Educators and Schools at New York Public Library and immediate past president of BCALA; and Marlena Okechukwu, iBlackCaucus fellow and recent MLIS graduate who is now outreach coordinator at Hennepin County Law Library in Minneapolis. They discuss iBlackCaucus’s mission of fostering camaraderie and creating mentorship in the field.

Then, Panuncial learns more about the master’s in library and information science and social work dual degree program at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

She speaks with Peggy Ryan, director of Dominican University’s School of Social Work field education office; Don Hamerly, director of Dominican’s School of Information Studies; and Molly Layton, a current student in the program. They discuss the overlap between these two disciplines and why it’s needed in library school.

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