Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What every Library School Student should know

Back in November, a series of posts caught my was about what Library School students need to know.

Jill Hurst-Wahl's post is from the viewpoint of a faculty member. In addition to being up beat, she has a few key words of advice which I am excerpting here:

  • Your coursework won't teach you everything you need to know.
  • Every information professional you meet during your graduate program is a person who can connect you to a job.
  • Your reputation, CV/resume and portfolio matter.

She then followed up (in a different forum) with some comments and links to the other posts on which I will comment below.

Bobbi Newman gathered together a number of posts which address the topic under the title "Is She Crazy to Want to Work in Libraries?"

Her post was succeeded on Will Manley's blog with two posts:
“Any Advice for an Aspiring Librarian?”

“Do Grade Point Averages Make a Difference in the Hiring Process?”
I suggest that you read both, and the comments...

Finally, Roy Tenant added to Jill's post by noting several points that I am highlighting by pasting below:

  • No matter how close to graduation you are, your education has only just begun.
  • Although it might sound like work, constant learning is fun.
and in practical advice:
  • Find someone in the profession you admire, and offer to take them to lunch or drinks or dinner at a conference you are both attending.

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