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Report 93-20: Library and Information Services Education in California: A Report to the Intersegmental Program Review Council from the Staff of the California Postsecondary Education Commission

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

October 1993

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In July 1993, California's Intersegmental Program Review Council -- consisting of curriculum experts from the State's major systems of higher education -- asked the California Postsecondary Education Commission to study the issue of preparation for the field of library and information services. At that time, the possibility existed that the State might lose much of its capacity to offer graduate work in this field due to the pending reorganization and potential disestablishment of two of the State's three graduate programs - those at the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses of the University of California. (The only other graduate program in the State is offered by San Jose State University.)

In this report, the Commission staff looks at State and national job markets for librarians and issues related to library school closures, program viability, and challenges facing library and information service programs in the future. In examining these issues from an intersegmental and statewide perspective, the staff has hoped that the report will help the campuses and systemwide offices reach appropriate decisions regarding the future of the programs.

The staff presented the report to the Intersegmental Program Review Council at its September 29, 1993, meeting and to the Educational Policy and Programs Committee of the Postsecondary Education Commission at its October 25, 1993, meeting.

Related Topics: Program Review

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