[LISdocstudents] Humanities background

Amalia S. Levi amaliasl at gmail.com
Thu May 23 12:14:52 EDT 2013


Hi Ann,

At UMD, there is a joint degree, called HILS (MLS and History MA), and that
is what I got (finished in 2010). It lasts more than the MLS. MLS is 32
credits, and the HILS is 54 (appr. 3 credits per course). Previously I had
a humanities background too (archaeology and museum studies).

If you are attracted to history, you might consider getting an MA at your
university (although you should weigh the pros and cons--probably an MA
will last longer than I minor). Something that I would suggest is that you
look into the possibility of doing Digital History, or Digital Humanities
in general. That will offer you the opportunity to see things under a new
light, imho, and do interesting research with scholars. Nebraska has a very
good Digital Humanities center, but I don't really know about your area.
Another option is to do e.g. the history minor at your university and then
attend Digital Humanities institutes to gain skills (there is a summer
institute in June in Victoria, Canada, and a winter institute (first one
this January), that MITH organizes here at UMD). There are also plenty of
THATcamps (The Humanities and Technology Camp) that started out from CHNM,
and now are being organized in many cities all over the US and the world.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards,
Amalia


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> Just curious Amalia - do you have a bachelors or masters in a humanities
> area? We at the iSchool at UW-Milwaukee are required to construct a minor
> area, either from within the iSchool (Organization, Policy, or Retrieval)
> or without. I'm still trying to figure out my minor concentration and am
> attracted to history, which would align with my particular research, but I
> don't have a background in history.
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> Thanks.
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> Ann M. Graf
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> Hi Nicole (and all),
>
> I'm Amalia, PhD student (hopefully candidate as of June) at the iSchool,
> University of Maryland.
>
> In our PhD program, we're approximately 25-30 people, but only 3 of us
> really doing Archives and/or Records Management. Our program has a really
> strong social sciences focus, so many doctoral students do this kind of
> research (for example, many people do Public Policy, Citizen Science, Human
> Computer Interaction, and many do research more towards Information
> Science--such as natural language processing, topic modeling, machine
> learning etc.).
>
> While I do not know for sure, I know that maybe about 1/3 (as Jonathan
> mentioned too) will apply for faculty positions in iSchools--other people
> might go into industry, government etc.
>
> What I see as an advantage for the type of research I do (combining
> information studies with humanities) is that many people combine two
> disciplines, and so can be "marketable" to two different departments. I see
> myself as applying to History departments too, or having a joint
> appointment.
>
> Regards,
> Amalia S. Levi
> iSchool, UMD
>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 2013-05-18, at 01:03, Nicole Gaston wrote:
> >
> > Hello everybody,
> >
> > I'm Nicole and I'm in the final stages of  PhD in Information Studies at
> > Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
> > I plan to submit before the end of July and will hopefully successfully
> > defend my thesis before the end of the year.
> >
> > The LIS programme here in NZ is very small - Victoria is the only
> > university in the country with a MIS programme and there are only about 8
> > or 9 people doing PhDs in information studies/LIS topics at the moment.
> >  Most of my cohort are not New Zealanders - and the majority of them have
> > arrangements with their home country universities to return to lecturing
> > jobs once they have completed their PhDs here.
> >
> > I'm just wondering if any other members of this list can comment on the
> > size of their LIS PhD cohort at their universities?
> > I'm trying to get an idea of how many people will be applying for
> upcoming
> > lecturing/academic positions within the next year :)
> >
> > My perception (which may be completely wrong) is that within LIS finding
> > academic positions may be slightly less difficult than other disciplines.
> >  For example, an associate of mine nearing PhD completion in the School
> of
> > Architecture told me he has 15 other colleagues just within his own
> school
> > who will be looking for academic positions in the next year.     At least
> > in this part of the world, we don't have that many people doing PhDs in
> > LIS.  WIthin my school, I may be the only LIS PhD trying to find an
> > entry-level academic posting within the last 2 years and for next 3
> years.
> >  However, most likely the number of architecture programmes worldwide
> > outnumber MLIS/MIS/LIS programmes.
> >
> > What is the situation in the rest of the world?
> > What do you plan to do once you finish your PhDs?
> >
> > On a somewhat related topic, this is an interesting article from the
> > Economist a few years ago about the state of PhD education and hope of
> > employment:
> >
> >
> > http://www.economist.com/node/17723223?fb_ref=activity
> > Hopefully this article doesn't put any new-ish students off continuing
> the
> > PhD journey!!
> >
> >
> > Warm regards,
> > Nicole
> >
> >
> >
> > Nicole Marie Gaston, MLIS
> > nicolemgaston at gmail.com<mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com>
> > nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz<mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz>
> >
> > Doctoral student in Information Studies
> > School of Information Management
> > 23 Lambton Quay, Rutherford House 506
> > Victoria University of Wellington
> > New Zealand
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> Bonjour tout le monde,
>
> I'm ?ve and I'm a first year PhD student at the ?cole de
> biblioth?conomie et des sciences de l'information. A French-speaking
> ALA-accredited LIS department at the Universit? de Montr?al located,
> well, in Montr?al, Qu?bec, Canada.
>
> There are about 15 other PhD students or PhD candidates in my IS
> program. Here's a list of every one of them and their research subject:
> http://www.ebsi.umontreal.ca/recherche/nos-etudiants-au-doctorat/
>
> Some want to get an academic position after their degree, some don't,
> many have no idea if they want to or not, and one has one already. It
> doesn't say much about the/your future. But, if you take a look at our
> professors resumes, most of them have a PhD + a postdoc. Plus they have
> published, published and published.
>
> If you stop by Montreal, you're welcome to come visit us at the ?cole.
> Maybe you would want to apply for an academic position here.
>
> Cordialement,
>
> ?ve Paquette-Bigras
> ?tudiante au doctorat en sciences de l'information
> ?cole de biblioth?conomie et des sciences de l'information
> Universit? de Montr?al
> 514-343-6111 poste 3045
>
>
> Le 2013-05-20 16:05, Amalia S. Levi a ?crit :
> > Hi Nicole (and all),
> >
> > I'm Amalia, PhD student (hopefully candidate as of June) at the
> > iSchool, University of Maryland.
> >
> > In our PhD program, we're approximately 25-30 people, but only 3 of us
> > really doing Archives and/or Records Management. Our program has a
> > really strong social sciences focus, so many doctoral students do this
> > kind of research (for example, many people do Public Policy, Citizen
> > Science, Human Computer Interaction, and many do research more towards
> > Information Science--such as natural language processing, topic
> > modeling, machine learning etc.).
> >
> > While I do not know for sure, I know that maybe about 1/3 (as Jonathan
> > mentioned too) will apply for faculty positions in iSchools--other
> > people might go into industry, government etc.
> >
> > What I see as an advantage for the type of research I do (combining
> > information studies with humanities) is that many people combine two
> > disciplines, and so can be "marketable" to two different departments.
> > I see myself as applying to History departments too, or having a joint
> > appointment.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Amalia S. Levi
> > iSchool, UMD
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >     On 2013-05-18, at 01:03, Nicole Gaston wrote:
> >
> >     Hello everybody,
> >
> >     I'm Nicole and I'm in the final stages of  PhD in Information
> >     Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
> >     I plan to submit before the end of July and will hopefully
> >     successfully defend my thesis before the end of the year.
> >
> >     The LIS programme here in NZ is very small - Victoria is the only
> >     university in the country with a MIS programme and there are only
> >     about 8 or 9 people doing PhDs in information studies/LIS topics
> >     at the moment.  Most of my cohort are not New Zealanders - and the
> >     majority of them have arrangements with their home country
> >     universities to return to lecturing jobs once they have completed
> >     their PhDs here.
> >
> >     I'm just wondering if any other members of this list can comment
> >     on the size of their LIS PhD cohort at their universities?
> >     I'm trying to get an idea of how many people will be applying for
> >     upcoming lecturing/academic positions within the next year :)
> >
> >     My perception (which may be completely wrong) is that within LIS
> >     finding academic positions may be slightly less difficult than
> >     other disciplines.  For example, an associate of mine nearing PhD
> >     completion in the School of Architecture told me he has 15 other
> >     colleagues just within his own school who will be looking for
> >     academic positions in the next year.     At least in this part of
> >     the world, we don't have that many people doing PhDs in LIS.
> >      WIthin my school, I may be the only LIS PhD trying to find an
> >     entry-level academic posting within the last 2 years and for next
> >     3 years.  However, most likely the number of architecture
> >     programmes worldwide outnumber MLIS/MIS/LIS programmes.
> >
> >     What is the situation in the rest of the world?
> >     What do you plan to do once you finish your PhDs?
> >
> >     On a somewhat related topic, this is an interesting article from
> >     the Economist a few years ago about the state of PhD education and
> >     hope of employment:
> >
> >
> >     http://www.economist.com/node/17723223?fb_ref=activity
> >     Hopefully this article doesn't put any new-ish students off
> >     continuing the PhD journey!!
> >
> >
> >     Warm regards,
> >     Nicole
> >
> >
> >
> >     Nicole Marie Gaston, MLIS
> >     nicolemgaston at gmail.com
> >     <mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com><mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com
> >     <mailto:nicolemgaston at gmail.com>>
> >     nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz
> >     <mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz><mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz
> >     <mailto:nicole.gaston at vuw.ac.nz>>
> >
> >     Doctoral student in Information Studies
> >     School of Information Management
> >     23 Lambton Quay, Rutherford House 506
> >     Victoria University of Wellington
> >     New Zealand
> >
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