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Life in a Professional School. Fall 2010. How/when did it all start?. Melvil Dewey. 1876 ALA Library Journal Dewey Decimal Classification System 1883 Columbia and later Albany in 1888. How/when did it start in NC?. 1904: Wilson began offering summer courses in librarianship

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how when did it all start
How/when did it all start?


  • 1876
    • ALA
    • Library Journal
    • Dewey Decimal Classification System
  • 1883
    • Columbia and later Albany in 1888
how when did it start in nc
How/when did it start in NC?
  • 1904: Wilson began offering summer courses in librarianship
    • “A library school is needed, where

librarians, like lawyers and doctors

and teachers, may secure expert

professional training… to tap the

vast reservoir of human knowledge.”

  • 1931: School of Library Science opened, with the first class graduating in 1932
  • 1950: MSLS began to be offered
  • 1980: First PhD graduate

Louis Round Wilson

and what about information science
And what about information science?
  • Bush, Vannevar. “As We May Think." Atlantic Monthly, 176(1):101-108, 1945
  • Information explosion during and after WWII
  • Solution: The MEMEX
the memex
  • Coping with the growing amount of data
  • Personal information repository
  • Random access, extensibility, ability to add new data
a walk through history
A walk through history
  • ASIS&T founded in 1937 as the American Documentation Institute
  • 1950s & 60s – Transition to information science
  • 1980s – Library schools become ILS schools
  • 1992 – The Web is born
today and tomorrow
Today and tomorrow…
  • Digital libraries
  • User-centered design
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information architecture
  • Social media
  • Information retrieval
  • Knowledge management
  • Personal information management
  • Digital curation

What about the day after tomorrow???

for the future we need ils professionals
For the future, we need ILS professionals
  • But what do we mean by:
    • A professional?
    • An ILS professional?
the professional
The professional…
  • Is an expert problem solver
the professional1
The professional…
  • Occupies a position of TRUST
the professional2
The professional…
  • Builds community
the professional3
The professional…
  • Is a change agent
ils professions include
ILS professions include…
  • Librarians of all types
ils professions include1
ILS professions include…
  • Archivists & Records Managers
ils professions include2
ILS professions include…
  • Information/Knowledge Managers
ils professionals include1
ILS professionals include…
  • Web designers
  • Database designers
becoming a professional involves1
Becoming a professional involves…

Commitment to lifelong learning

becoming a professional involves2
Becoming a professional involves…

Active participation in professional associations

student organizations at sils
Student organizations at SILS

ILSSA – ILS Student Association

IS Undergraduates Empowered (ISSUE)

Doctoral Student Association (DSA)

Art & Museum Professionals (AMLISS)

Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)

Librarians (ALA)

Archivists (SCOSAA)

Special Librarians (SLA)

another view of the program
Another view of the program




MS Paper












Info Tech

Info Behaviors




some core values at sils
Some core values at SILS
  • Collegiality, collaboration, and teamwork
  • Academic integrity
  • Social responsibility
collegiality collaboration teamwork
Collegiality, collaboration, teamwork
  • Team assignments in classes
  • Use of resources in the School: library, lab
  • Sharing what you already know
academic integrity
Academic integrity
  • UNC Honor Code/system,
  • Using others’ work: plagiarism
    • Online tutorial available:
  • Re-using your own work:



social responsibility
Social responsibility
  • Service learning at UNC:
  • Volunteer efforts
    • Project Homestart
    • Habitat for Humanity
  • Devoting your professional efforts to work that is “worthwhile”

Project Homestart,

Chapel Hill, NC

Habitat for Humanity,

Orange County, NC

if you don t know ask
If you don’t know, ASK!
  • One another
    • Individually or via listserv
  • Your instructors
  • Your advisor
  • The office staff
    • Lara Bailey
    • Wake Harper
  • Me