In trying to figure out why the school library media profession has not had a bigger impact on the integration of technology, I suggested in a earlier post that sexism, schizophrenia and collaboration strategy may be some of the causes. But several off-blog comments suggested a 4th reason: schooling.
This comment was typical (used here with permission):
I did not want to go public and post this on the blog because I am a new graduate from library school and I'm looking for a job. The postings about integrating the technology into the curriculum is so important. However, someone should tell the folks training the media specialists how to do it!! There are no technology classes in library school; you learn as you go. I had to be my own advocate and go to workshops on my own to learn how to operate things like Smartboards. Library school does a great job training you for being a media specialist of the 70's but not for the 21st century.
I have to say my own library program was BC - Before Computers. Well almost. I did take a 1 credit class on BASIC programming using a terminal hooked to some kind of mainframe at the University of Iowa in 1979. We also had a teletype machine and learned the skills of chemical photography, dry-mount pressing and laminating. (I think I got a D in the last one. Wrinkles.)
As an adjunct faculty member for Minnesota State University, Mankato's library program, I taught Internet classes as long ago as 1992 or 1993. These were the days of the line interface, Gopher and "“FTP.SUNET.SE>get linc111.txt.” The class got very excited with Stephen Collins from the University of Minnesota visited one evening with this amazing new tool called Mosaic. And the last class I've taught for MSU's library school was an online class on "Current Trends in Educational Technology" in 2003.
In other words, my personal experience has been the opposite of the young writer's above - that library schools (some anyway) are leaders in teaching new educational technologies.
Readers, your experience? What was good and what was missing in your library training in regard to technology?