Have library schools forgotten to defend themselves?
NB: Rant to follow.
As a fairly recent ('02) graduate of library school, I had quite a bit of training on planning, marketing, evaluating library services and programs. It was quite clear that one of my jobs when I got to the professional workforce would be as a champion for my library -- where ever that would be. I've since been a part of many innovative campaigns in that regard and have proudly witnessed my fellow alumni have some great successes and, in several cases, some miserable failures.
So, why are many of the library schools at risk of being effectively dismantled? Are the professors who taught us not marketing themselves successfully or are we as alumni letting them down? Is this to be expected with CS and engineering provosts as has been suggested in the case of Maryland and at UB? We don't make the kind of money that engineering, CS, and business grads make so is that the problem? Maybe we need to recruit more for our alma mater?
Are all of the library school classes to be taught by adjuncts because they are the only ones with library experience and "anyone" can teach the other core courses? (I really do bristle at the fact that "anyone" can teach MLS students when they have no idea of the environments the students will face in the workforce).
I'm on this rant again after reading about the dismantling of the UB School of Informatics. Sounds like that may not be all bad, but it is certainly unfortunate that they didn't choose to fix it.
Once again, these are strictly my opinions and do not reflect those of my colleagues at work or in the graduate program.