After 125 years, the Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science is getting a millennial upgrade.
Pratt announced in a press release on Monday that its existing library science program would be folded into a new School of Information. The name change is meant to reflect new developments in “the study, application and exchange of physical and digital information.”
“We live in an unprecedented time of technological advancement, and the new name more accurately reflects the school’s current academic focus and vision for its future,” Kirk Pillow, provost of Pratt Institute, said in the release.
Along with the Masters in Library and Information Science, Pratt will offer two new certificate programs: the User Experience track will teach students how to use digital products to enhance the work of libraries, museums and archives, and the Digital Humanities track will meld research and technology by showing students how to data mine in online collections.
The final piece of the School of Information puzzle is a master’s program in Museums and Digital Culture, which will help archivists use technology to engage and educate the public.
Tula Giannini, dean of the School of Information, said in the release that Pratt is “currently designing new offerings that anticipate future trends in the field to address the informational needs of tomorrow.”
The trend of digitizing library collections, especially of ancient texts, has gained traction in recent years. While Pratt’s new initiative is admirable, the sexy new name change could open the school up to ridicule. The Information Age has brought many new technologies to the educational sphere, but no school should claim to teach all of them.