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The MLS Catch-22

In library-land we’re aware that the MLS is the key to professional achievements. It is rare that anyone can attain leadership positions within libraries if they don’t carry this key designation. Over the past few years however, a combination of student loan debt, low salaries, and the actual job requirements of these positions make pursuing an MLS a little less desirable. Is there a future for the profession if we begin to accept a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science as sufficient training? Or perhaps rather than an MLS, we begin to require a Master’s of Public Administration for those pursuing a Public Library leadership position. Is our commitment to the MLS an example of an industry struggling to adapt to change?

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The Future Looks Bright for Librarianship

A recent report highlights growing demand for “librarians, curators, and archivists,” despite articles proclaiming the end of the profession. Communicating our value is required to abolish these stereotypical ideas about the end of libraries. 

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Landing the Library Job Interview

As a potential candidate, it is up to you to convince hiring managers you are the person they’re seeking. Be ready for the many steps in the public library hiring process.

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To Join, Or Not To Join

As someone who is, relatively speaking, a newcomer to working in a library, I have vacillated about whether or not I would like to join a proper library association. There are many things to consider.

I ♥ Working in Public Libraries

I started working in public libraries while still in college in order to fill up my free time and supplement my education — while I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. It was a part-time job that ended up shaping my future, landing me in a career that I love!