MARCH 27: Bobinski Lecture, “Under Duress: The MLS and Libraries Today”

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Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 7 to 10 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Location: Special Collections, 420 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus
Cost: Free
Lecture: Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Department of Library and Information Studies


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About the Series

This lecture is supported by the George and Mary Bobinski Lecture Fund. George S. Bobinski, Emeritus Professor and former Dean, School of Information and Library Studies is a library historian and noted scholar. Mary Bobinski was a former director of Amherst Public Libraries, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System. This fund was established to bring scholars of significant standing and high quality to address important topics in library and information studies.


“Under Duress: The MLS and Libraries Today”

An American Library Association (ALA) accreditation of programs signals, in part, the professionalization of the library workforce. Over time, the required degree for professional librarians became the Master of Library Science (and its variants). Recently, a number of factors have combined to create questions about the value of and need for an ALA-accredited MLS degree for library professionals.

John Bertot will present findings from two recent initiatives which demonstrate both the benefits and the challenges to an ALA-accredited, MLS-centric library workforce.


John Bertot, PhD
iSchool, University of Maryland, College Park

John BertotJohn Bertot is currently associate provost for faculty affairs, professor, and co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center in the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Prior to becoming associate provost, Bertot served as the MLS program director from 2012 to 2015. Most recently, he served as principle investigator for the IMLS-funded Digital Inclusion Study of Public Libraries in partnership with the American Library Association.

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