The design of the existing MLS curriculum was last revised in 1986. It was based on the old/traditional way of library operations. Recent developments in technology have however radically changed the format of information sources, the way of seeking, accessing and delivering information and of the learning styles. It has also brought about the existence of other alternative information providers serving as competitors of the library in the information market place. More so, the capabilities and capacities of technology have increasingly transformed libraries into a virtual place. The expectation of the 21 st century setting has expanded the role of librarians from mere passive custodians of library materials to librarians with knowledge of computer database and library automation systems. Today’s librarian is expected to act as: a) Information Architect - having the ability to set up information on the Internet and to control the flow of information inside the organization b) Infopreneur - an information professional who could pore over public database, who can scan electronic sources, conduct on-line searches then synthesize, package or customize information for a client. c) Information Broker - a freelancing researcher needed by private corporations and consulting firms. d) Data Manager - a worker for software developers e) Knowledge Navigator - a personal aide to users in identifying suitable website and getting information through the web f) Webmaster - a facilitator of individual knowledge gathering g) Information Specialist - the “ultimate search engine” skilled in organizing and retrieving information. To adapt to all these developments and expectations means that library instruction has to restructure its curriculum. Degreed librarians today must have taken courses in basic computing, automated information management, design and implementation of distributed information methods, web site exploration, network management, etc. They have to evolve and stay ahead of changes in the environment; otherwise, other private information providers will usurp the librarian’s place. One role that they should be in the forefront now is to involve themselves in system design and to actively participate in the development of information services products (like GOPHER, and other internet products), rather than just coping with the finished information service products. Hence, this revision, which is inherently ICT-based and interdisciplinary, having links with other related disciplines like IT, and computer applications.
Courses in this program are designed: 1. 2. 3. to equip students for professional post in information management, customized library operations and in cognate fields; to enable students to gain understanding of the flow of information and methods of managing organizational knowledge, especially gaining techniques of accessing information; and to produce graduates updated in current information and information technology with the ability to identify, analyze and evaluate the information needs of different groups and make informed decisions to satisfy them.
1. 2. 3. At least three (3) units in logic and algorithms, and three (3) units in basic computer course Six (6) units in basic library science courses Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.0
1. 2. A student must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 per semester. Otherwise, his status during the succeeding semester will be probationary, subject to the improvement of his GPA. The maximum residence requirement is five (5) years to be reckoned from the students’ initial enrollment
MASTER IN INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SYSTEMS (MILS)
(LIST OF COURSES BY SEMESTER) First Year, First Semester
Course No. Course Title Units Lec. Hrs/Wk Lab Total Prerequisite(s) Background in Foundation of Libraries, Info Mgt, Info Organization & Servicing, and their equivalent...