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Formal vs. Informal Serials Instruction Birdie MacLennan 28 Apr 1992 21:21 UTC

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Date:         Tue, 28 Apr 1992 12:27:40 CST
From:         Suzanne Curasi <S2C@GML.LIB.UWM.EDU>
Subject:      Re: formal vs informal serials instruction

This is in response to the questions on serials course work.  I
received my Masters in Library and Information Science from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May, 1991.  During my program, I
had the opportunity to take two one-credit courses in Serials
Management and Advanced Serials Management.  Both courses were taught
by Louis Diodato, Technical Services Librarian at Cardinal Stritch
College.  She did a fantastic job of literally cramming the necessary
information into a short time period.  Based on the recommendations
of myself and fellow students, the Library School restructured the
course to a 3 credit elective which is offered yearly.

Directly as a result of my course work, I was accepted for a field
work in Serials cataloging at the Golda Meir Library, UW-Milwaukee.
Through my work in that practicum, I was hired by the library to work
on a serials conversion project.  My course work and serials-related
work experience were both cited as reasons why I was offered my
present position as Coordinator of Acquisition, Golda Meir Library.

It goes without saying that I am a strong proponent of serials
courses in Library Science programs.  And in truth, the knowledge I
gained in my classes has been important and useful to me in settling
into my job.  With respect to serials related seminars and
conferences, I have found that they support much of what was taught
to me and shed new insights on the many practical applications needed
to manage serial holdings.  Hope these comments are helpful.

Suzanne Curasi
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Date:         Tue, 28 Apr 1992 13:44:43 -0400
Subject:      RE: formal vs informal serials instruction

I'm a 1990 graduate of U.Kentucky's College of Library & Information Science.
I was a paraprofessional for 11 years at Dartmouth before grad school and
learned alot about serials while working in Acquisitions. In school I took
John Bryant's general Technical Services class (which was great, but rather
elementary) and I worked as a grad. assistant in the MSS/Continuations Unit
in King Library's Tech. Services Dept. This experience was extremely
helpful in the job that I now hold of Acquisitions Librarian at The Univ.
of New Hampshire.  Therefore, if your curriculum lacks emphasis in Tech.
Services (esp. serials) I'd recommend working in technical services--there
is usually a call for help--and there's nothing like hands on experience.

Terri Hinkle
Head, Acquisitions Dept.
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH  03824