This librarian works at a library with 10-50 staff members in a suburban area in the Southern US.
Do library schools teach candidates the job skills you are looking for in potential hires?
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?
√ Grant Writing
√ Collection Management
√ Programming (Events)
√ Research Methods
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)?
Cataloging, lesson planning, adaptation
Which of the following experiences should library students have upon graduating?
√ Internship or practicum
Which library schools give candidates an edge (you prefer candidates from these schools)?
University of North Texas, Texas Women’s University
What advice do you have for students who want to make the most of their time in library school?
Get internships with Professors, stay tuned in to what is going on in the profession
Special Note: From December 6, 2013 to October 24, 2014, the ALA will accept comments on the Draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. More information about the process of changing these standards is here. If you have opinions about what people should be learning in library school, here’s a way that you can influence change.
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