Most people’s knowledge of librarianship is a mash-up of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Desk Set, some warm and fuzzy memories from an elementary school class visit, Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even fuzzier memories of all-nighters in their college libraries, and maybe a high-minded article or two about the Digital Public Library of America.
If this sounds familiar, don’t be embarrassed. Librarianship is a notoriously opaque profession, and most Americans have about as much understanding of what we do as they have of cloistered nuns, or actuaries.
Here’s the first shocker: most professional-level library positions require a masters in library or information science, most commonly known as “the M.L.S.” Since the M.L.S. involves a serious commitment of time and money, then you better be doubly sure that this is the right decision, at least for the next decade or two. Read more…
- So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian? By Brian Kenney (bluesyemre.com)
- Guybrarians and Male Librarians (popgoesthelibrarian.wordpress.com)
- Welcome to The Roving Librarian (therovinglibrarian.wordpress.com)
- Librarian Dance Party (libraryjoy.com)
- Who or what is a “professional librarian”? (lilianslibrarylife.wordpress.com)
- Urban Librarians’ First Conference Is a Love-In | School Library Journal (nylibrariansmeetup.blogspot.com)
- Librarian’s Guide to Micropublishing: On sale through June 10 (walt.lishost.org)
- No Need to Apologize to Your Librarian (eleventhstack.wordpress.com)
- Librarians Help! – Library Snapshot Day (sonderbooks.com)
- Tradition and the Rhetoric of the Modern Library (maoriakirker.wordpress.com)