Call Number, Volume 55, Number 2, Summer 1997 Page: 11
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With the introduction of the 1992 Standards for Accreditation, the entire process of preparing for accreditation of the Master's
Program was changed. Essentially, there are three tasks that a school must accomplish. First, the School must show that the
program meets each of the six standards. Second, it must specify the ways in which the program can be improved in each of these
six areas. Finally, the School must demonstrate that a plan exists to carry out this improvement.
Several things are critical to this new process. At the center, is a systematic planning effort. The process emphasizes the
demonstration of outcomes. As an example, while one can describe the size of the computer lab, it is more important to demonstrate
that graduates have acquired the information technology skills and abilities that you have identified as important. Another important
factor is universal participation by the faculty and input by the school's constituents. Finally, the evaluation and revision process
must be continuous.
The School of Library and Information Sciences actually began work on the reaccreditation process in September with three retreats
during which the faculty created the SLIS Working Plan. This unique document is organized around the six standards and contains
the objectives that will operationalize the School's more general aims for the next five years. Each objective has a timeline and a
price tag. The Working Plan contains the marching orders for the School and forms the basis for committee activities each year.
The faculty will approve the plan for 1997-2002 this spring, and we have already had two requests from other SLIS's for our plan.
In early summer, we will submit our Plan for the Presentation for reaccreditation to the Committee on Accreditation. At this time,
we will work with the COA Office to appoint the Chair of our External Review Panel. During 1997-98, we will prepare the
Presentation and also get ready for the panel visit in the fall of 1998. This preparation will include calling on many of our
constituents for their input.
While the process of reaccreditation is very time consuming and can be stressful, it can also serve as an opportunity to identify ways
in which a very good program can become even better. We look forward to working with many of you in this process.
--Dean Phil Turner--
The Library and Information Sciences Student Association
(LISSA) has been reorganized at the School of Library and
Information Sciences. Groups are also active in the Houston
and Lubbock programs.
Through participation in LISSA programs, seminars, and
social activities, its members can be assured of a broader
graduate university experience to better prepare them to join
the information professions and to serve society-at-large.
The organization also serves as an umbrella for intra-student
body communication among the School's professional
student groups--American Society for Information Science,
Texas Library Association, and Special Library Association-
-in providing a forum in which the ideas and opinions of its
members can be presented to faculty and administration.
LISSA accomplishments this academic year include:
organizing spring orientation for new and returning SLIS
students, creating its Web site, hosting a spring party at the
home of Dean and Mrs. Phil Turner, and sponsoring alumni to
speak of their professional experiences at a colloquium (see
separate article). Other activities include: serving on SLIS
faculty committees, inviting a nationally-known writer for
Meet the Author with Eagle's Nest funds, and spearheading
the Mousepad Week fundraising effort.
Our "cyber-face" to the international library and information
science community has received support for redesign and
ongoing maintenance. Theresa Russell, one of our new
master students, has been selected to be the SLIS
Webmistress responsible for refurbishing and maintaining
the School's Webpage. Theresa comes to us from New
Mexico with a background in museum studies and webpage
design. She will chair the Webpage Committee to revise and
update the content as well as the design of the page. Dr.
Samantha Hastings will serve as Web Administrator for
The new SLIS Webpage promises to herald a new era for
UNT's School of Library and Information Science as we lead
the field in preparing professionals for the Information
Century and exploring information access in the Digital Age.
Please keep using the Webpage (http://www-lan.unt.edu/slis/
) while we work on it and send your suggestions and
comments to Theresa at TJR0003 @jove.acs.unt.edu or to Dr.
Hastings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
---Dr. Samantha Hastings
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