all rounders as all of us have to do a range of tasks/duties
This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in a suburban area in Ghana.
Do library schools teach candidates the job skills you are looking for in potential hires?
√ Depends on the school/Depends on the candidate
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?
√ Project Management
√ Collection Management
√ Programming (Events)
√ Information Behavior
√ Soft Skills (e.g. Communication, Interpersonal Relations)
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 skills (or types of skills) do you expect a new hire to learn on the job (as opposed to at library school)?
how to deal with people – colleagues and users
Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?
√ Internship or practicum
√ Student organization involvement
Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?
here in Ghana there is only one library school
Are there any library schools whose alumni you would be reluctant to hire?
not sure about some of the Nigerian library schools
What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?
try to get some practical experience
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