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* A Hipper Crowd of Shushers - New York Times article on hipster Brooklyn librarians: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/fashion/08librarian.html?pagewanted=all * A Hipper Crowd of Shushers - New York Times article on hipster Brooklyn librarians: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/fashion/08librarian.html?pagewanted=all
* Local dude Aaron Schmidt writes this blog which focuses on library technology: http://www.walkingpaper.org/ * Local dude Aaron Schmidt writes this blog which focuses on library technology: http://www.walkingpaper.org/
-* http://www.lisjobs.com/nextgen/+* The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide by Rachel Singer Gordon http://www.lisjobs.com/nextgen/
===Library Science School=== ===Library Science School===

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Contents

'How to become a Librarian' Links & Resources

Below you will find additional information on the topics discussed during the 'How to become a Librarian' panel.


Librarians Today

Influence of technology:

Technology has become so ever-present for modern librarians that some institutions place more emphasis on the MIS aspect of their program, or wed it so closely to the MLS half that the two are virtually indiscernible. In addition to being adept at the traditional rolls, librarians are also expected to have a firm grasp of the changing Internet and gadget landscapes. It also helps to have a good understanding of hardware and software if you plan to work in a public library setting; you will most likely be expected to act as backup for tech support!

The Field Itself:

Yes, librarianship is stereotyped as being dominated by middle-aged women…but it’s changing, as the four of us show! Is that fabled mass retirement still on the horizon? Modern library jobs encourage librarians to put themselves out and remain open to constant innovation and cooperation with the surrounding community. Gone are the days when you could sequester yourself behind a desk or in the stacks. In public libraries, outreach to schools, community organizations, the elderly and under served populations are often stressed.

Library Science School

Picking a Program: It's essential to think about what components you want from a LIS degree program. Is location important, price, do you want to do a distance learning program and take classes online or do you want to physically be in the classroom. Do you already know you have a specialty such as art or music librarianship? Below are some sites to help you find the right program.

Paying for it: Typically the most economical option is to attend a state school as an in-state resident. But of course, as mentioned above, money isn't the only factor you should use in determining which library school to go to (unless it is unavoidable) and with public funding falling by the wayside, it is increasingly important to look for other funding opportunities. Many of LIS associations offer scholarships if you are interested in a particular type of librarianship, such as young adult librarianship, technology, law librarianship, etc. Below are some good places to start looking for funding. Also be sure and get in touch with the school you decide to link titleattend and find out what resources they know about. Additionally when you know where you'll end up going to school, look into local organizations and chapters of national groups. They often have scholarship opportunities and the competition isn't as flooded.

Critiquing the education:

  • While the field is rapidly moving towards information science, there are still plenty of traditional library skills and revamped old ones taught in school
  • Does anyone have any fave blogs that cover this? Maybe this interlaps too much with next gen librarian stuff.

- http://www.librarian.net/
- http://www.adventuresinlibraryschool.com
- http://www.bilinguallibrarian.com
- http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress

Job Hunting

Activism and Librarianship

  • Radical Reference
  • PLG, SRRT, etc: http://www.libr.org/
  • Status of Women in Librarianship Committee through ALA