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Proposals for LIS CAGS curriculum

The State of Massachusetts requires Professional or Sub-Professional certification of library directors in order to receive state aid. For the Professional certification all you need is your MLIS diploma. For a SubProfessional you need to complete the following classes (termed Basic Library Techniques), and you do not need an MLIS. Of course the caveat for the subprofessional is that you can only be a director for towns with fewer than 10,000 residents.
The courses are:
1. Administration
2. Materials Selection
3. Reference
4. Cataloguing and Classification

Taking this into consideration here is my recommendation for curriculum in an LIS CAGS. The CAGS would require 18 credits.

CORE COURSES:
1. Library Management & Administration (3 credits)
This course should be taken by people who have no extensive managerial experience, and it prepares students to take on management roles within libraries. This would be a 50 instruction hour course, with two major papers. If CAGS candidates have advanced degrees in management such as an MBA, MEd in Higher Ed. Administration, etc. the students should take all of the following alternate courses:
1a. Public Library Administration (1 credit)
15 Instruction Hours, Saturday & Sunday Course, 1 Paper. Course specially designed for existing managers from other fields.

1b. Academic Library Administration (1 credit)
15 Instruction Hours, Saturday & Sunday Course, 1 Paper. Course specially designed for existing managers from other fields.

1c. Archives & Special Collections Management (1 credit)
20 Instruction Hours, Saturday & Sunday Course, 1 Paper. Course specially designed for existing managers from other fields.


2. Technical Services (3 credits)
50 Instructional Hours, CAGS candidates learn all about “Organization, administration, and functions of technical services, including selection, acquisition, and management of monographic, serial, print, and electronic resources; management of metadata, cataloging, and preservation functions; commercially available technology and services, including outsourcing and vendor-supplied metadata, to support technical services functions; and consortial purchasing and other cooperative projects”. 2 Term Papers. (Description from Simmons course). This course would also encompass many elements of Collection Development and Management.


3. Reference (3 credits)
50 Instructional hours. This course would be a standard introduction to reference and public services as is found in LIS schools today. Emphasis will be given to emerging trends.

4. Information Organization (3 credits)
50 Instructional hours. Should be the first course taken. Acclimates the student to the world of the library, to Cataloguing and Classification standards. Students will get hands on experience cataloguing using existing standards and also experimenting with emerging standards.




ELECTIVE COURSES:
Elective courses are really left up to the student, and can be any course from the curriculum of the Library School. I would suggest courses on Information Policy and Ethics, and technology evolution, social informatics and user instruction and user interface.


Of course, this is just my opinion, based on my personal experiences. The elective courses can be picked based on the person’s interest in the topic, and their work aspirations about what they would like to be working within a library setting. Don’t forget, education doesn’t end at school. Once you get your ALA accredited CAGS, you can also explore continuing education options to keep your skills up to date.

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