Yesterday was my final day in London, Ontario, and at FIMS. My assignments had all been completed and my classes were over. The one thing that remained was the Exit Interview…
The Exit Interview is a small focus group of graduating students, selected at random. I was fortunate to be selected and decided to stay an extra night in town in order to participate. I found the experience very positive and worthwhile.
The comments made were anonymous and confidential so I will not name the other participants, tell you what they said, or even any reactions to what I said. However, I want to share a change to UWO’s MLIS program which I proposed during the session.
Currently, UWO’s MLIS program has 5 required courses out of 15. There has been a suggestion made by some students that Collection Development, an extremely popular elective, should be a required course. In my two terms of elective courses, I chose Collection Development during my course selections but was never able to get in (I’m not complaining too much – the courses I got instead were excellent).
My suggestion is to remove Management as a required course in order to make room for Collection Development in the first term. Instead, Management classes can be treated similarly to technology courses in the program. Currently, every student is required to take at least one technology (“T”) elective, which I think works very well. I proposed that the same system be used for Management — that is, every student needs to take at least one Management (“M”) elective (in addition to at least one “T” elective).
If you’re a current or former UWO MLIS student, what do you think of this idea?
[N.B.: I want to add that I was happy with my required first term management course. The above suggestion is only my attempt to fit Collection Development into the curriculum. It should not be taken as a criticism of the current required management class.]