So You Want to be a Librarian? A Guide For Those Considering an MLS, Current Students & Job Seekers

This WayI get a lot of email asking for advice either on getting an MLS, the job search or the skills needed. So I’ve pulled together a list of the best of the best advice for potential MLS students, current students and job seekers. In cases where the titles are not self explanatory I’ve grabbed a sentence or two from the post to give context

The Degree

The Job Search

General Professional Advice

Skills


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54 comments for “So You Want to be a Librarian? A Guide For Those Considering an MLS, Current Students & Job Seekers

  1. branflakez
    September 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

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  2. BookGeekPatti
    September 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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  3. JustinLibrarian
    September 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

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  4. dorevabelfiore
    September 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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  5. StevenB
    September 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for compiling a helpful list that I’m sure will be of help to those considering the MLS, currently working towards it or having recently earning it. Here’s something you might want to add to the mix – probably under “professional advice” g- etting support from the library community when it seems you’ll never get a job”.
    http://acrlog.org/2010/03/23/this-librarians-blog-name-says-it-all/

    • September 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

      Thanks for the suggestion Steven, I’ve included it!

  6. LaVieBoheme73
    September 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

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  7. September 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Great list of posts Bobbi. I recently posted this same topic. It would probably go in the first section, “The Degree.” It’s about what you should not miss when you’re in library school. http://andyburkhardt.com/2010/08/11/library-school-to-do-list/

    Another good one was a Dos and Don’ts of library school from Lauren Dodd: http://laurendodd.com/2010/07/dos-and-donts-of-library-school/

    • September 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

      Two great posts! Thank you for pointing me towards them Andy, I’ve edited to add them both.

    • September 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you for the mention, Andy!

      Thanks, Bobbi, for such a great list of resources. I’m flattered to be included in them! Some of these posts have been extremely helpful in my job search, so now I’m off to read the ones I haven’t seen yet.

  8. adotnon
    September 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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  9. wawoodworth
    September 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

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  10. ellnhank
    September 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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  11. Elefi
    September 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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  12. babeelibrarian
    September 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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  13. barbekresla
    September 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm

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  14. daveparkes
    September 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

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  15. silentbeep3000
    September 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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  16. Kristin
    September 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    For the sake of proper citation, the shesgotplans.net links are authored by Lisa Rabey.

  17. chriszilverberg
    September 2, 2010 at 1:59 am

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  18. September 2, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Hi Bobbi! Excellent list you have compiled! I would like to add a blog post from my classmate Adelle about how to manage library school while working (since most of us were working while going to class). The link to her post is here: http://adellefrank.com/blog/how-to-survive-library-school. I also included a reply post on my blog elaborating on some of her points: http://risingwiththemoon.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/mlis-program-tips-from-a-classmate/.

    Thank you very much for providing access to these resources.

    • September 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Laura! Thank you for the additional links!

  19. SheReads
    September 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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  20. dizzymslizzy
    September 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    @librarianbyday This guide is SUPER helpful. You rock my little new MLS student socks off! Thanks!

  21. September 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Bobbi. This is the list I have been looking for. I am mid-MLIS and am trying to find my way through the degree and into the field. I am working on a “Hacking the MLIS” sort of document (in the spirit of and totally ripping off Hacking The Academy), and wondered if it’d be alright if I included this post/list in my research. I plan/hope to publish it online in the same way that the Alt-Ac Profhacker folks did with the Academy doc. I think there are enough people writing about the degree that there should be some collaborative, accessible document that will outlast all our various blog posts. Interested?

    • September 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Micah
      You’re more than welcome to include this list!
      Best
      Bobbi

  22. jenniferlagarde
    September 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm

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  23. jmalphy
    September 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    RT @librarianbyday: So You Want to be a Librarian? A Guide For Those Considering an MLS, Current Students & Job Seekers http://librarianbyday.net/2010/09/so-you

  24. JeffieLibrarian
    September 8, 2010 at 2:02 am

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  25. ntromano
    September 9, 2010 at 4:01 am

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  26. September 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hey Bobbi, great list! Thanks for pulling it all together! For what it’s worth, I wrote a book with the very same title: So You Want To Be A Librarian. It gives a general overview of the field, different positions, and grad school.

  27. Bayan
    September 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Dear Bobbi

    I’m a high school student, currently living outside the States, but I’m extremely interested in becoming a librarian, and the more I read about it the more I like the sound of the job. However, I’m really worried about the fact that I’m a practising Muslim girl, wearing a hijab (headscarf). I read somewhere that as a library student you should try to stand out and this will be easy, but do you think that this will stop people employing me?

    Please reply,

    Bayan

    • Julia
      April 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Dear Bayan,

      It sounds like a difficult question to reply because of the little available. Are there women wearing hijab working at libraries and other institutions where you live? If so, you should ask them. Or are you planning to move to the US and your question was related to the job market there? If it’s the second, again, it’s a difficult question – many organization have as a policy to hire people from minorities, but I wouldn’t guarantee anything.

      It seems to me that you may want to continue your research by asking people you know, but then again, it’s just my idea.

      Best,
      Julia

  28. Kassy
    March 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    do the 36 credit hours needed to get a masters in library and information science include the basic courses like college algebra and such? or do I not have to take those because I’ll be going into a graduate program?
    (highschool junior)

    • March 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Courses like algebra would be part of your undergraduate degree. What you need to take will depend on the major you choose.

  29. jomichele
    March 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    It looks like there was some great information links on this page at one time, but I tried 4 links, starting at the top and they are all broken.

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