Hack Your Program: University of Sheffield iSchool

28/07/2011 § 7 Comments

Michael Pawlus graduated from the University of Sheffield in December 2010. He currently resides in Korea due to extenuating circumstances but is actively seeking opportunities to join a library this fall. His interests include information literacy, electronic learning objects and web developments that increase the reach and impact of library services.  More of his writing can be found at goodnewslibrarian.info and he is also on Twitter @michaelpawlus.

Standard Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions and are not representative of the student body, the University of Sheffield, or the iSchool. I attended the one-year graduate course from Fall 2009 to Fall 2010.  All criticism is meant to be constructive.

Program Overview

The University of Sheffield is the UK’s first iSchool.

It boasts an impressive research output record that has placed it at the top of the UK-government sponsored Research Assessment Exercise since it was first conducted in 1986.  A recent survey showed that 40% of the most cited information studies academics were working at Sheffield.
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Lets Get International! – LISNPN Edition

14/04/2011 § 5 Comments

HackLibSchool is proud to feature this guest post from Ned Potter AKA thewikiman AKA one of the recently named Library Journal 2011 Movers and Shakers! In the spirit of the web allowing us to cross many types of boundaries, its important for us as students to consider growing communities and professional connections outside of our continent to continually enhance our point of view and frame of mind, which is exactly what Ned is working toward. Act locally, think globally and get involved!

LISNPN logo via Ned Potter

Let’s make a global nework

I run a network for New Professionals in the Library and Information field, called LISNPN. And by professionals I really do mean ‘people involved with the information profession’ – this is NOT somewhere exclusively for qualified librarians.

The network has forums, how-to guides on things like getting published, public speaking, and networking, plus anonymous reviews of library schools (so far, only UK ones, but we’re looking for more) so people can make a better decision as to where to go. We also have blog posts but, frankly, HackLibSchool kicks our asses in that department and has made me think we need to try harder… But we did have a really cool interview with Buffy Hamilton, Bobbi Newman and Andy Woodworth recently – and now all of them are Movers and Shakers!

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