Reference, Serials, catalogers
This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a rural area in the Northeastern US Midwestern US.
Do library schools teach candidates the job skills you are looking for in potential hires?
√ Other: Writing & communication are not taught in library schools
Should library students focus on learning theory or gaining practical skills? (Where 1 means Theory, 5 means practice, and 3 means both equally)
What coursework do you think all (or most) MLS/MLIS holders should take, regardless of focus?
√ Library Management
√ Web Design/Usability
√ Research Methods
Do you find that there are skills that are commonly lacking in MLS/MLIS holders? If so, which ones?
Based on the last batch of candidates: writing and communication skills were desperately needed. Just the ability to write a good cover letter.
When deciding who to hire out of a pool of candidates, do you value skills gained through coursework and skills gained through practice differently?
√ No preference–as long as they have the skill, I don’t care how they got it
Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?
√ Library work experience
√ Internship or practicum
√ Professional organization involvement
Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?
University of Illinois
What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?
Work in a library! Even if it is just a student job, it will give you an edge.