By Boyd Keith Swigger

In 1951, the yank Library organization (ALA) Council authorized new criteria for accrediting library teaching programs. those criteria shifted accreditation from the bachelor's measure to the master's measure, making the master's measure in library technology the pro credential for access into the career. on the time, librarians believed this variation may remodel the perform of librarianship, the character of library schooling, and the social status of librarianship as an occupation.

The MLS undertaking: An overview after Sixty Years, Boyd Keith Swigger examines the explanations the yankee Library organization enacted the swap and appears on the outcomes of this determination. Reviewing the final a number of many years, Swigger addresses a couple of issues: What have been librarians' and library educators' arguments for altering the method of library schooling? What difficulties have been they attempting to clear up? What have been their goals? Did the swap within the constitution of library schooling resolve the issues perceived within the past due Forties? Have the pursuits set then been complete within the part century on account that? What were the meant and unintentional results of the change?

In his assessment, Swigger attracts basic conclusions in regards to the MLS undertaking, the conception of librarianship, libraries, the advancements of curriculums in library faculties, and the way librarianship compares to the hot info professions. The MLS Project is an informative and important assessment that each librarian may still read.

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