Post # 1
I think we have a couple on the bee, and I’d love to hear your advice. I’m just finishing up my applications for Fall semester at a few MLS programs, and I’m not sure what direction I’m going in. If you are a librarian, could you please tell me what type of librarian you are, or where you work, and if you have a specialization or concentration (e.g archiving, reference, etc…) in your degree? If you do have a concentration, do you think it increased your chances of getting a job in your sector?
Post # 3
I’m working on my MLIS right now (finishing May 2012). My advice would be just go into the program and see what you like. If it is like my program, you will get to see a little of everything during the first year then you can move to more specialized classes. So far I’ve experienced collections management, reference, media production, cataloging, and special collections. I really like special collections the best so I will probably do my field study next fall in that area. Oh, make sure the programs you are applying to are ALA accredited as well.
Post # 4
I’m also working on my MLS with one year to go. I applied to be on a general track featuring a little bit of everything (cataloging, CM, reference, children/young adult lit) but realized that my interests overlapped significantly with the School Library Teacher track. I love it! What helped me to make that decision was talking to librarians in different segments of the field (obvs. what you’re trying to do) and also thinking about what my strengths are. My SLT program is a MLS degree as well as a teaching certification – I like keeping my options open! My plan is to work in a school, but I’m well prepared to work with children or teens at a public library as well. Second ama0219 on checking program accreditations – there are some schools that have no accreditation or conditional accreditation, def. avoid. I’m at Simmons in Boston – if you’re interested in applying there, message me and I’ll give you the run down. 🙂 Best of luck!
Post # 5
Thanks for replying, ladies! I am applying to two programs (both ALA accredited, of course!), one allows for concentrations and one does not. I think I have a pretty good chance of getting into both programs, but I’m not sure if having the option to specialize is worth paying more money since the general program is about half the cost of the other…
Also, it’s nice to know there’s a couple people just finishing up their MLS degrees in the hive! Yay librarians!