Hack Your Program: Beit Berl Department of Library and Information Science

01/07/2011 § 1 Comment

Ahava Cohen has completed her first year in the advanced graduate certification LIS program at Beit Berl.  Originally from NYC, she has been living in Israel for over 20 years. When not in school she serves as Information Officer in charge of portfolio companies for a private investment firm.  Over the school break she will be joining a fellow student in creating and cataloging a music collection in a small suburban township.
She can be found on Twitter (mostly in English) @AhavaCohen and WordPress (in Hebrew) at soferim.wordpress.com.

This is my perspective on my grad program, although I did consult with other students during our regular cafeteria hours for their input. This week I finished my first year (of three) in the LIS track. My program is unique among those I’ve read about on Hack Library School — not only is it not in the US, we don’t do our coursework in English. I also think we’re pretty unique in our student make-up.

Program Overview 

Beit Berl College is located just outside Kfar Saba, Israel. There are five tracks:

  • BA in information management
  • library science (graduate certification)
  • information science (graduate certification)
  • LIS (graduate certification)
  • archivist (non-BA, non-graduate)

Beit Berl Library

The graduate program does not (at this point) grant a masters’ degree, though that is the future direction of the program. LS graduates get government certification and IS students get certification from the college. In Israel, those are the general job requirements in LIS. Students who pursue the higher level of librarianship certification do earn points towards an MA in the college’s School of Government. Archivists take no courses with the LIS or BA students; required courses are common to the certificate and BA students. « Read the rest of this entry »

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