Faculty Meeting Minutes: January 2014

University of Southern California
Marshall School of Business
Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS)

Faculty Meeting Minutes, 2014 January 16, 9-11 a.m.

Full-time Faculty: Mathew Curtis, Ken Haycock (Chair), Marion Philadelphia
Part-time Faculty: Lynn Boyden, Martin Gomez, Rebecca Halpern, Helga Haraldsson,
Debora Holmes Wong, Nancy Hunt-Coffey, Win Shih, Chimene Tucker, Jade Wynn
Also: Alexis Abad , Coordinator, Student Services
Regrets: Mary-jo Romaniuk (comments provided for agenda items)

1. Introductions
2. Observations and Implications:
a. Accreditation
b. Student Recruitment
c. Student Progress
d. Programmatic Issues
e. Other
3. Program Development
4. Curriculum Progress
5. Other Issues or Concerns
6. Conclusions and Recommendations

Projects Underway:
Accreditation: Application for pre-candidacy (step 1) was submitted in October and approved in November; Ken Haycock and Dean Quinlan met with the Committee on Accreditation. Application for candidacy (step 2) will be submitted in March. The on-site review for accreditation (step 3) would then occur in 2016 with a successful accreditation retroactive to the 2014-15 academic year (and thus applying to the first cohort).

Advisory Board: The Advisory Board was established last Fall with industry leaders. The first face-to-face meeting was held and program adjustments made. Further changes have been proposed.

Centre for Library Leadership and Management: The Center has been approved by the Provost’s office as a means of organizing the program, its advisory board, faculty and research projects. It should be operational by April.

Program Goals: These will be revised to focus on five intelligences: general, disciplinary, strategic, organizational and people.

New Program Development: A proposal is being developed for a new degree program in Strategic Intelligence, building on the new course 552 in Strategic Information and Analysis.

Program Website: This is under development and should be ready by February.

Faculty: The search for a new full-time faculty member is underway. This will add to Curtis, Haycock, Jameson, Philadelphia, and Starr.

Colloquia: The Conversations with Leaders series, required in 591A and 591B, will be open to all students. A Career Planning and Development series will be offered in the Spring as well, with individual mentoring.

These minutes are presented as a consensus plan for improvement of the program

The first semester is an intensive eight-unit graduate level experience. There is a need for a common statement explaining expectations and standards. Late entries may not be accommodated in the future.

An orientation program/week needs to be built into the program, either as Week 0 (required) or as Week 1 of one of the beginning courses (with others starting up in Week 2). Elements should include use of teaching technologies (e.g., Moodle, Adobe Connect or alternative), basic pre-graduate level writing (video tutorials), basic pre-graduate level library research (video tutorials), time requirements/ time management/return on time invested. Accountability for participation and competence will be necessary.

Each student should develop a profile, with photo, for Moodle during the orientation. In the component on networking in 591A profiles can be further developed and also entered on LinkedIn.

A virtual meet and greet with all incoming students and faculty should be held during this orientation week or during the first week.

Instructional Design Process:
There is some need for common for protocols, standards, approaches, understandings. Some designers allow for flexibility in “locking down” units and others do not (for example, many faculty wished to be able to make adjustments on earlier units once they were getting close to finishing, the wisdom of hindsight). Some designers are simply better than others, according to some faculty, but there is no mechanism for feedback or assessment on the quality of experience and suggestions for improvement.

There is a need to embed Crocker librarians in each course (through the tool bar, links to the LibGuide, live chat) as has been done in Social Work.
It would be useful to have a list of technology tools supported by Embanet (e.g., Adobe Connect? Fuze? GotoTraining? Google Hangout? Skype? WebEx?) and where IDs are knowledge about them and their use. There was general agreement that VoiceThread was not a useful tool.

Student Development:
Mentors will be provided for each student; based on individual needs and interests, these will be faculty or professional mentors from different environments.

Course Sequencing and Content Revisions:
Incoming students should take GSBA 502 Communication for Leaders (replacing 501 Management in the first semester) with LIM 500 Foundations and 591A Research and Professional Applications. GSBA 502 will be revised to enhance the writing section, with tutoring made available to students on referral. 591A will be revised to enhance research and report writing, including basic search work and one-on-one sessions with Crocker librarians. These areas will be improved through increased attention and coordination: working in teams (GSBA 502 and 591A), writing (GSBA 502), research/sources (500 and 591A), report writing (GSBA 502 and 591A and 591B).

Course Roster:
Attached as a draft. Please let Ken Haycock know if there are errors or omissions, or semesters about which you may be uncertain. It is a Word Table so can be sorted by term, name, course, etc.