A Graduate Approach to Studies in Library and Information Science
Graduate study in a university is not so much for those who are seeking established answers to questions as for women and men who want to learn how to ask their own questions, to find ways and means to new knowledge. Other institutions graduate technicians with the skills necessary to carry out established routines in today's modern libraries and information centres. Graduate schools, on the other hand, strive to create an atmosphere of experimentation, research, and constructive scepticism in order to educate professionals capable of analyzing established routines and redesigning them to meet new demands. These professionals can delineate problems and evaluate situations and procedures; they can find, interpret, and synthesize facts and opinions in order to solve problems; and they can create new techniques within the framework of the old, while maintaining the highest of professional ideals and standards.
The Program thus has obligations not only to the information profession and to professional librarianship but also to graduate education in the scholarly discipline of library and information science. To fulfill these obligations, the Program is dedicated to a seminar and participatory method for educating its Master's students for both their first position and a long and varied career in the profession. The Program is dedicated also to developing a theoretical foundation for library and information science by integrating knowledge from many disciplines. The Program aims to graduate self-reliant, self-confident, resourceful, and flexible people capable of working well with their colleagues. Graduates are expected to be able to form sound opinions based upon careful analysis, comparison, and synthesis of available information. They should also be able to test such opinions by organizing and carrying out further systematic research. The Program also hopes that its graduates will attend to the opinions and ideas of others while at the same time submitting those opinions and ideas to rigorous testing. The Program encourages self-reliance and self-confidence in its graduates by downplaying the role of professors as conveyors of established truths and re-emphasizing their role as guides to students' own discovery and learning.