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Any Librarians or Information Science Specialists here?

Is it worth enrolling in a Library Science and Information Management master's program. It's offered through a Top 25 ranked university.

What is that field like right now? What are its prospects for the future?

I assume with all the online data that's being created daily, that this would be a good career to get into.


by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 2005/09/2013

Library jobs are tight.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 105/08/2013

Not for catalogers and metadata specialists, R1. Hundreds of seasoned catalogers with decades on the job are taking retirement as the profession transitions to RDA, the new cataloging standard.

It can be a slog, OP, with lots of coursework that feels like "busy work." But if you have a passion or knack for organizing information, and providing access to that information, you just may find your niche.

Good luck!

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 205/08/2013

"What are its prospects for the future?"

Despite committing vehicular manslaughter, you can marry an alcoholic idiot black sheep of a prominent wealthy family and you too can become first lady of the United States of America.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 305/08/2013

I was in a Library and Information Science Master's program about ten years ago. The job prospects were poor then and worse now.

People just use the Internet to do research and libraries are practically ignored anymore.

Besides, anyone in the profession stays forever so there is very little turnover.

And, all the classes I took were exceedingly dull (and I rarely get bored).

I didn't finish the program.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 405/09/2013

Our admin assistant has a masters in library science.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 505/09/2013

I have my Masters in Library and Information Sciences. Went the Archives/Records Management route. Have been successful. If you have a secondary degree, like in science or biology, you can seek gigs in records management for pharmaceutical companies, etc. Those gigs pay well.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 605/09/2013

Step 1: Throw out all of your clothes and start dressing like a 60s era East German house Frau.

Step 2: Lie about your credentials (we all learned how to search for books, use microfiche, etc in school.

Step 3: land job

Step 4: Begin smelling like toilet bowl cleaner and be nice to the four old people that come in per day. Be sure to speak to them in that odd librarian shout whisper voice, knowing they can't hear you, forcing them to turn up their hearing aid until it squeals.

Step 5: Adopt 14 cats

Let us know how it goes!

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 705/09/2013

I have an MLIS and have been working in corporate environments. They're good gigs, pay well, but hard to find, and in a downturn they're the first places to get cut. I did a lot of reference work that I loved, now I manage data for a large bank's recruiting dept.

I was hired for this job because of the MLIS. I feel like the degree program is essentially earning your "union card" - of little practical help.

R4 is right though - people just use the internet to do their own research. But if you're nosy and a wannabe know-it-all - reference work is perfect.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 805/09/2013

OP, worst career idea ever. Nooooo jobs.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 905/09/2013

Prepare to be poor the rest of your life.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1005/09/2013

I have to disagree slightly with the pessimists in the thread. I've had my MLIS for about 15 years now and have worked in public libraries consistently (I'm now in administration). Our library recently hired five new librarians, and we encourage our paraprofessional staff to get their master's degrees (there are often promotional opportunities available). If you're energetic, tech-friendly, and have excellent communication skills, you have a very good chance of landing a job as a librarian.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1105/09/2013

R7 lives in a world about 50 years ago. Since he has a limited imagination that works out well for him.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1205/09/2013

Libraries are increasingly obsolete and subject to the collapse of public funding.

Information technology jobs are increasingly being outsource to much cheaper workers in India and China. Many companies are now bringing these workers over here.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1305/09/2013

I'm a paraprofessional (meaning I work at the reference desk in the computer lab doing everything but actual reference) in an academic library and so work beside lots of librarians. They all seem reasonably happy and feel fortunate to work in such a great environment. University libraries seem like the way to go.

My partner got his MLIS degree in the early 90s, at the dawn of the web, and quickly parlayed his skills into web programming and software development. There are lots of options for the resourceful MLIS besides public libraries.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1405/09/2013

OP, you don't seem to have even the basic research skills required of a librarian. Your first point of reference should be the American Library Association.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1505/09/2013

Any information science professional would know to check the OOH for this...

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1605/09/2013

I was looking for first hand info, R15.

Thanks everyone for the info. R4, that is my big fear. All the coursework does look really dull.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1705/09/2013

R17, you think the coursework is dull --wait until you get a librarian job!

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1805/09/2013

Use that degree to get into information architecture/user experience with an agency that creates websites and other digital work.

The field is growing fast and will continue to expand.

Those resources are increasingly difficult to find.

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 1905/09/2013

Yes, I did the MSc diploma in Archives and Records Management, there will always be archives that need to be maintained, even in the present difficult financial climate and records management is growing in importance to help organisations comply with all the regulations they have to follow and improve their efficiency through scanning etc as well as keep track of all their data!

by Bored Cubicle Dwellerreply 2005/09/2013
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