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1 Information Professionals for the 21 st Century Library Nancy K. Roderer October 16, 2008

2 What is an Information Professional? Marcia Bates, Defining the information disciplines in encyclopedia development, Information Research, 12(4), 2007 Marcia Bates, Defining the information disciplines in encyclopedia development, Information Research, 12(4), 2007 Jim Neal, Whither the Information Professional?, ASIS&T/CLIR Accreditation meeting, September 2008 Jim Neal, Whither the Information Professional?, ASIS&T/CLIR Accreditation meeting, September 2008 Sam Becker and Bo Kinney, Graduate Information Programs and Accreditation: Landscape Survey and Analysis, April 2008 Sam Becker and Bo Kinney, Graduate Information Programs and Accreditation: Landscape Survey and Analysis, April 2008

3 Information Disciplines Bates, M.J. (2007). "Defining the information disciplines in encyclopedia development" Information Research, 12(4) paper colis29. [Available at

4 INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS ( from Jim Neal) Indexer Bibliographer Network Operations Director Reference Librarian Digital Images Coordinator Curator Usability Specialist GIS Librarian User Services Consultant Government Information Specialist Metadata Specialist System Engineer Disaster Recovery SpecialistBusiness Intelligence Specialist Risk Assessment Specialist Electronic Data Librarian Digitization Project Manager Educational Technologist Programmer Graphic Designer Computer Operations Director

5 INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS (from Jim Neal) Electronic Text Librarian Editor Information Security Officer Business Process Analyst Document Delivery Specialist Digital Video Specialist Systems Developer Database Administrator Digital Repository Coordinator Publisher Relations Specialist Permissions Coordinator Cataloger Information Architect Chief Technology Officer Library Management System Director Electronic Resources Librarian Copyright Office Director Conservator Desktop Support Administrator Web Designer Course Management System Director Identity and Access Specialist Digital Archivist

6 Graduate Information Programs and Accreditation: Landscape Survey and Analysis Samantha Becker and Bo Kinney Commissioned by ASIS&T and CLIR April 2008

7 Methodology 2008 Petersons Graduate and Professional Programs 2008 Petersons Graduate and Professional Programs surveyed annually surveyed annually accredited by USDE or CHEA accredited by USDE or CHEA 6 volumes, 491 disciplinary fields 6 volumes, 491 disciplinary fields Looked for programs with keywords Looked for programs with keywords information information informatics informatics human-computer interaction human-computer interaction knowledge management knowledge management

8 Key Findings Approximately 900 information-related masters degrees Approximately 900 information-related masters degrees Offered in 468 colleges and universities Offered in 468 colleges and universities 220 distinct majors or concentration areas 220 distinct majors or concentration areas Most frequent majors Most frequent majors information systems (93) information systems (93) management information systems (93) management information systems (93) information technology (57) information technology (57) bioinformatics (51) bioinformatics (51) library and information science (43) library and information science (43)

9 Key Findings 1/3 of academic units on the computer information science spectrum 1/3 of academic units on the computer information science spectrum 1/3 bio- and health sciences, library science, public administration, communications, & education 1/3 bio- and health sciences, library science, public administration, communications, & education 1/3 in academic units focused on business 1/3 in academic units focused on business

10 Major Disciplinary Areas

11 Computer Information Science Spectrum 350 programs in computer technology fields 350 programs in computer technology fields Engineering Engineering Computer science Computer science Information science Information science

12 Program Types 4 major categories 4 major categories information systems information systems Informatics Informatics Information technology Information technology Information science Information science

13 Information Systems 205 colleges and universities 205 colleges and universities 305 programs 305 programs Majors/concentrations include Majors/concentrations include information systems (93) information systems (93) management information systems (93) management information systems (93) computer information systems (34) computer information systems (34) information systems management (12) information systems management (12)

14 Information Systems Program focus Program focus analysis, design, and implementation of information systems analysis, design, and implementation of information systems data management data management project management project management strategic management and use of information technology strategic management and use of information technology Differences mostly in level of technical preparation Differences mostly in level of technical preparation

15 Informatics 106 programs 106 programs Focused on the use of information within specific disciplines Focused on the use of information within specific disciplines biology/genetics biology/genetics health/medical sciences health/medical sciences chemistry chemistry media media

16 Informatics Bioinformatics/biomedical informatics Bioinformatics/biomedical informatics 53 programs 53 programs 15 in academic units with biology focus 15 in academic units with biology focus 11 in medical schools 11 in medical schools curricula includes curricula includes advanced life sciences advanced life sciences design and implementation of information systems design and implementation of information systems statistical modeling and analysis statistical modeling and analysis many interested in managing and analyzing data from genetic research many interested in managing and analyzing data from genetic research

17 Informatics Health informatics Health informatics 30 colleges and universities 30 colleges and universities 2/3 in medical, nursing, or health sciences units 2/3 in medical, nursing, or health sciences units 34 programs 34 programs health informatics health informatics medical informatics medical informatics nursing informatics nursing informatics emphasizing use of information for evaluation of patient outcomes emphasizing use of information for evaluation of patient outcomes

18 Information Technology 95 colleges and universities 95 colleges and universities 118 programs 118 programs 45% in business schools 45% in business schools Majors/concentrations include Majors/concentrations include information technology (57) information technology (57) information technology management (22) information technology management (22) 59 master of science degrees 59 master of science degrees 35 MBA 35 MBA

19 Information Technology Program focus Program focus managing technology projects managing technology projects databases databases e-commerce systems e-commerce systems computer networks computer networks decision support decision support also business topics also business topics accounting, organizational development accounting, organizational development

20 Information Science 84 colleges/universities 84 colleges/universities 98 programs 98 programs Majors/concentrations include Majors/concentrations include library and information science (43) library and information science (43) computer and information science (26) computer and information science (26) information science (11) information science (11) information studies (6) information studies (6)

21 Information Science Library and information science Library and information science ALA accredited ALA accredited those within iCaucus schools have less emphasis on traditional library subjects (cataloging, reference services, collection development) those within iCaucus schools have less emphasis on traditional library subjects (cataloging, reference services, collection development) Computer and information science Computer and information science more emphasis on infrastructure more emphasis on infrastructure architecture, networking, software engineering architecture, networking, software engineering

22 INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS ( from Jim Neal) Indexer Bibliographer Network Operations Director Reference Librarian Digital Images Coordinator Curator Usability Specialist GIS Librarian User Services Consultant Government Information Specialist Metadata Specialist System Engineer Disaster Recovery SpecialistBusiness Intelligence Specialist Risk Assessment Specialist Electronic Data Librarian Digitization Project Manager Educational Technologist Programmer Graphic Designer Computer Operations Director

23 INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS (from Jim Neal) Electronic Text Librarian Editor Information Security Officer Business Process Analyst Document Delivery Specialist Digital Video Specialist Systems Developer Database Administrator Digital Repository Coordinator Publisher Relations Specialist Permissions Coordinator Cataloger Information Architect Chief Technology Officer Library Management System Director Electronic Resources Librarian Copyright Office Director Conservator Desktop Support Administrator Web Designer Course Management System Director Identity and Access Specialist Digital Archivist


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