Call Number, Volume 55, Number 2, Summer 1997 Page: 2
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It is difficult to believe, when you read this, that it will have been close to ten
months since I began as dean at SLIS. These have been exciting and very busy
months. If I had to characterize the essence of what has occurred during this time,
I would use many "re-" words, such as revitalize, reorganize, rebirth, revive,
revise, and rewrite. The Lubbock and Houston Programs have been revitalized,
under the leadership of Dr. Herman Totten. The Board of Advisors was
reorganized, with a very successful meeting in February. The Library and
Information Science Student Association was reborn, and is proving to be the most
productive group that I have encountered in 20 years of LIS education. They have
also established LISSA groups in Houston and Lubbock. The SLIS Alumni
Society has been revived, with a new constitution and many new life members.
Finally, by the time that you read this, the core of the Master's Program will have
X < . _ _ _ been rewritten. This process began with a focus group of practitioners in early fall
_i~L ^ f _!_~~~~~~~who helped us rewrite our Mission, Goals, and Objectives. Our Board of Advisors
had a great deal of input, and the faculty spent two full days in culminating activity
in late March and early April. Stay tuned for a description of the exciting results
in the fall issue of the Call Number. Or, check into our Web site this summer for
a description of the new core.
Dean Phi/uner If you have obtained one of our mouse pads, key chains, or keyboard calendars, you
will notice a phrase that is common to all, and one that is prominently displayed
outside the administration offices at SLIS. "Preparing Professionals for the
Information Century" is much more than a catchy marketing slogan; it represents
the essence of what we are about. The faculty and I are convinced that the change
that each of you has experienced as practitioners in the past five years will
accelerate. While this change has produced considerable stress and uncertainty, it
also represents unparalleled opportunity. We believe that the 21st Century will,
indeed, be the Information Century, and that it should be our Century. We are also
aware that the leadership role will not be handed to us, but that we must earn the
You are the most important component in the success equation for the School of
Library and Information Sciences. Not only must you share our vision, you must be
a partner in creating it. This is why we have had so many "re-' s" this year. We need
your input and your support. And, there is one more critical "re" on the horizon:
reaccreditation of our Master's Program. We will be calling on each of you to help
us be an even better School as we prepare the Presentation for reaccreditation.
Meanwhile, please call on me if I can assist you in any way.
SLIS faculty have demonstrated they can retreat and make progress at the same time. On March 28 they met at the home
of Dean Phil Turner and on April 4 at the home of Dr. Herman Totten to discuss revision of the core curriculum for the
master's program. In all-day discussions, they combined the much-appreciated input they have requested from alumni and the
School's Board of Advisors this spring with their own experience as they brainstormed ways to keep the curriculum in tune with
trends in the information professions and advances in information technologies. Their goal is to formulate a set of core or required
courses that, when combined with elective courses, will best provide students with the knowledge to add value to information
through understanding users and applying the latest tools for information organization and access. This challenging task will
continue over many months. The revised curriculum will be in place no sooner than Fall 1998.
---Dr. Linda Schamber
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