This week we asked people who hire librarians:
Does your organization have educational requirements aside from the MLS/MIS for professional positions? If so, what are they and how were they determined? If not, why? These educational requirements may include things like: specific undergraduate degrees, a second master’s degree, a doctorate, etc. Obviously specific positions may require certain degrees but is there a baseline for all positions, either at the time of hiring, after X number of years, for tenure, etc.?
No, we don’t. Several of us have a second master’s degree (currently 3 in music, for what it’s worth) but it’s not required. We may be looking for someone to fill specific liaison responsibilities, but we’ve generally been able to juggle things around to give someone an area that suits their background or interests. Someone may appeal to us more if they fit a niche need (like the sciences or business) but we’re generally looking for a liaison on top of other job responsibilities so we can’t let that drive the search.
– Laurie Phillips, Associate Dean for Technical Services, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans
We do not require second masters or specific undergraduate degrees, although we do specifically hire people with masters degrees in Early Childhood Development for our Youth Services Department. These employees are paid on the Librarian pay scale and work side-by-side with librarians in our Youth Services Department.
We do require that all our librarians to have an MLS and only put librarians on our Adult Services, Outreach Services and Youth Services desks. Only librarians are authorized to purchase or weed materials.
– Christine Hage, Director, Rochester Hills Public Library
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