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'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

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.

   * The American Library Association (ALA) is the agency responsible for accrediting library and information science (LIS) graduate programs. To find out which programs are currently accredited visit:  http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/education/accreditedprograms/directory/index.cfm
   * The Art Libraries Society of North America has a guide which rates programs on their art librarianship components: http://www.arlisna.org/resources/onlinepubs/degree_programs_directory.pdf
   * Information on medical librarianship is available from the Medical Library Association: http://mlanet.org/education/libschools/
   * Music librarianship program information is available here: http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/employmentanded/libschdir.shtml
   * Joint programs in law and librarianship or programs that include coursework in legal librarianship: http://aallnet.org/committee/rllc/resources/lawlib-state.asp
   * US News and World Report Graduate ranking for LIS programs: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/lib/search

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 attend 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.

   * All of ALA's scholarships, including the Spectrum Scholarsihp: http://ala.org/scholarships
   * Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Scholarship: http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/index.shtml
   * Ethnic caucuses have some scholarships; i.e. AILA (http://www.ailanet.org/) APALA (http://www.apalaweb.org/), BCALA (http://www.bcala.org/), CALA (http://www.cala-web.org/), and REFORMA (http://www.reforma.org/).
   * Progressive Librarians Guild has an essay contest: http://www.libr.org/plg/Braverman.php
   * College Scholarships.org has a general overview with links for different scholarships: http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/librarian-students.htm

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

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