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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.
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!
- “Web 2.0” – Love or hate it, this buzzword has taken librarianship by storm. It refers to using the Internet to bolster connectivity and interactivity through social networking sites, blogs, podcasts, etc. Get the lowdown here: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html
- Local digital librarian and technology consultant Aaron Schmidt blogs about library tech: http://www.walkingpaper.org/about
- The Nextgen Librarian’s Survival Guide- don’t get caught without it: http://www.lisjobs.com/nextgen/
- Shedding the Stereotypes: Librarians in the 21st Century is a blog by Meredith Farkas, “librarian, writer, and tech geek,” that primarily examines technological impact on libraries: http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/
- Tame the Web – another blog on libraries and technology: http://tametheweb.com/
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.
- ALA Library Outreach Resources - http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/olos/outreachresource/libraryoutreach.cfm
- Pop Goes the Library – a great blog on the influence of pop culture and librarianship: http://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/
- The Hollywood Librarian, a film by Ann Seidl exploring librarian stereotypes and pop culture portrayals: http://www.hollywoodlibrarian.com/
- You Don’t Look Like a Librarian! – dedicated to debunking the pesky stereotypes: http://www.librarian-image.net/
- 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
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 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.
- 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.
- Art librarianship internship roster: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/afa/pdc/internshiproster.htm
- Map of US Residency programs: http://libraryresidents.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/map-of-library-residency-programs/
Activism and Librarianship
- Radical Reference
- PLG, SRRT, etc: http://www.libr.org/
- Status of Women in Librarianship Committee through ALA