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ABOUT THE PANEL:
There is an ongoing tension in the LIS field between the demands
of preparing professionals and the forward-looking research mission
of many of today's LIS programs. How can this seeming division
between research and practice be bridged in curriculum, delivery
modes (distance education), and accreditation? How are today's
LIS programs serving the existing profession and helping shape
the profession of tomorrow? This panel discussion will explore
current thinking in the LIS academy and seek to highlight the
sometime precarious balance of LIS education.
(above) Panelists at the Library of
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(above) Panel participants at the Library
ABOUT THE MODERATOR AND PARTICIPANTS:
R. David Lankes, PhD, is Executive Director of the Information
Institute of Syracuse (IIS) and an Assistant Professor at Syracuse
University's School of Information Studies. The IIS houses the
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, the Gateway
to Educational Materials (GEM), AskERIC and the Virtual Reference
Desk (VRD). Lankes received his BFA (Multimedia Design), MS in
Telecommunications and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Lankes co-founded the award winning AskERIC project in 1992.
AskERIC is an Internet service for educators that offers resources
and personal assistant for thousands of teachers a week. Lankes
founded the Virtual Reference Desk project that is building a
national network of expertise for education. Lankes is also one
of the architects of GEM. GEM is a standards-based system for
describing and finding educational materials on the Internet.
Lankes research is in education information and digital reference
services. He has authored, co-authored or edited eight books,
and written numerous book chapters and journal articles on the
Internet and digital reference. He was a visiting scholar to
Harvard's Graduate School of Education and is currently a visiting
fellow at the National Library of Canada. He speaks and consults
nationally on Internet issues in education, libraries and business.
He has worked closely with the National Library of Education,
Library of Congress, Microsoft, the American Library Association,
AT&T, OCLC, NEA, the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy, MCI WorldCom and more.
Lankes serves on the boards of the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
for Mathematics and Science Education. He is the chair of the
ERIC Executive Committee and is a founding member and member
of the executive committee of the National Education Network.
He is also a member of the board for the Onondaga County Public
Participating in the Panel from the Library of Congress:
- Dr. Nicholas J. Belkin, Professor, Head, School
of Communication, Information and Library Studies (SCILS),
Rutgers University, NJ
- Dr. Roberta I. Shaffer, Visiting Professor, College
of Information Studies (CLIS), University of Maryland, MD
- Dr. Elaine Yontz, Associate Professor, Department
of Information Studies, Valdosta State University, GA
Participating in the Panel from the San Jose State University,
San Jose, CA:
- Dr. Michael Buckland, Professor, School of Information
Management & Systems (SIMS), University of California, Berkeley,
- Dr. Ken Haycock, Professor, School of Library, Archival
and Information Studies (SLAIS), University of British Columbia,
- Dr. Linda Main, Professor, School of Library and
Information Science (SLIS), San Jose State University, CA