Monthly Archive for March, 2007

CLiC Offers Database Subscriptions & Trials

CLiC works to provide database cooperative purchase opportunities for several popular databases. By having libraries join at the same time, we’re in a better position to negotiate deeper discounts with vendors. We are working on a new cooperative purchase for public and academic libraries for the Consumer Health Complete database from Ebsco. This full text database is loaded with health information geared for the non-medically educated consumer. You can find pamphlets and articles on specific health issues such as diabetes or learn more about the benefits and side effects of a particular medication. Alternative therapies are also included.

In addition, CLiC is in the renewal/new subscription period for five academic databases – CINAHL, CMMC, MLA, PsycINFO, and SocINDEX. Academic institutions interested in joining or renewing should complete the sign up form on our website, http://www.clicweb.org/cooperative_purchasing/dbform_academic.php.

Trials for every database are available on the CLiC website, http://www.clicweb.org/cooperative_purchasing/db_trials.php. Contact Lisa Priebe, lpriebe@clicweb.org, with questions.

NMLA/MPLA Conference

I just attended a great conference in Albuquerque – the NMLA and MPLA (Mountains and Plains Library Assoc) Joint Conference, March 14-16, 2007! There were numerous sessions from technology to rural services. I enjoyed sessions on Appreciative Inquiry (Karen McPheeters Director, Farmington Public Library), Audio Books Start to Finish (Barb Brattin, Telluride Public & Joel Robinson, Marmot), Fast, Cheap & Useful: New Technologies for Reference and Beyond (UNM and NMSU librarians), Exploring the Deep Web (Peter Kraus, University of Utah), and my own presentation on Podcasting 101 for Libraries. You can access the wiki that my co-presenter (Twila Firmature from UNM libraries) and I created for our presentation.

I enjoy these multi state conferences tremendously – not only because having more people means more sessions, more knowledge, and more information – but the networking is great! Hearing how things are done in other states, discussing issues and getting ideas from others, realizing problems that are universal, and bridging the states lines to collaborate and connect , looking to support each other in the future.

Introduction and News from DU’s MLIS Program

I’m Robin, the new administrative assistant at CLiC and a University of Denver MLIS student. I’m still learning the ropes at CLiC, and there’s a lot to learn!

For my first post, I thought I’d share some exciting news about DU’s MLIS program. The program has just undergone an extensive curriculum revision, which was approved last month. It isn’t just the classes that have changed—the degree concentrations have also been overhauled.

There used to be four concentrations:

  • Library and Information Resources and Technologies (LIRT)
  • Archives and Records Management (ARM)
  • School Library Media (SLM)
  • Knowledge Management (KM)

There are now five concentrations:

  • Information Science & Technology (IST)
  • Knowledge Management (KM)
  • Reference and User Services (RUS)
  • Resource Description and Access (RDA)
  • Archives and Records Management (ARM)

The new concentrations haven’t been posted to the DU LIS site as of this post, but the new course rotation is up for 2007-2009. In the new plan, classes that were formerly lumped into LIRT have been split among RUS, RDA, and IST. New classes have been added to all the concentrations, and the IST track is almost entirely new classes. It’s good to see cataloging get the recognition it deserves with its own track (RDA). KM and ARM were the least affected, but new courses were added to each of those concentrations to update and focus the subject matter.

The absence of an SLM concentration seemed strange to me at first, but I realized that most of the SLM classes had been absorbed into RUS. For those people looking to get Teacher Librarian certification, DU is starting a School Library Cohort program in Summer 2008, which looks like it will be a great experience for people with teacher certification looking to become teacher librarians.

Overall, I’m impressed with the new course plan. It brings a lot of courses up-to-date and provides more instruction on new technologies that are essential for anyone entering the library field. I’m eagerly awaiting more detailed course descriptions so I can see exactly what the new classes have to offer.