[Asis-l] Check out Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science

Eileen Abels eileen.abels at simmons.edu
Thu Oct 1 12:24:04 EDT 2015

*[image: Inline image 2]Thursday, October 1st* marks the launch of the new
podcast *Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information

For many, the field of library and information science and the Master of
Science in Library and Information Science continue to be misunderstood. In
a time when the public still pictures graduates of MS-LIS programs to be
solely bespectacled book jockeys, our graduates are working in new and
fascinating roles, on cutting-edge projects.

*Beyond the Stacks* is an interview podcast in which librarians,
archivists, and information science professionals talk about the coolest
experiences of their careers, and the unexpected ways that one can use a
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

The show premieres with two first episodes — one focusing on user
experience research, and one on data librarianship.

*Beyond the Stacks* will release a new episode *on the first of each month*.
Episodes can be streamed or downloaded at beyondthestacks.info, or on

*Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science* is
an outcome of the project “Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and
Information Science Education.” It is part of a National Forum Planning
Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Focusing on
the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education, this
project represents an opportunity for “evaluating and implementing relevant
curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical
engagement within a global context.” The grant is being led by Dr. Eileen
G. Abels, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along
with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and
Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne
C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

During the grant-supported forum titled “Envisioning Our Information Future
and How to Educate for It,” forum participants agreed on the importance
of promoting awareness of the “cool” careers one can pursue in this field
in libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. This podcast is one way of
supporting that endeavor.

The MS-LIS can lead graduates down a variety of exciting paths, paths that
many would not have associated with the field of library and information
science. *Beyond the Stacks* aims to make those paths more visible for
established librarians and for those considering entering the field. You
might think “I didn’t know that you could do that kind of work in library
and information science!”

*Eileen G. Abels*
Dean and Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Simmons College | 300 The Fenway | Boston, MA 02115
Office: 617-521-2882 | eileen.abels at simmons.edu
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