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Old 06-07-2015, 06:19 PM
 
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My daughter will be a senior in high school this coming year. She is thinking she wants to be a librarian for her career, so, if we have researched correctly, she can get an undergrad degree in anything, and then will need to get her masters in library science. Is this correct? She is thinking of getting her undergrad degree in English. Would that be a good idea? How is the job market for this degree? Any opinions or advice you can give us is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!


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So she could get an under degree in almost anything. Mine is a duel major of English and Education, masters is in library, I knew I wanted to be a teacher librarian . She should be very comfortable and competent with technology.

I suggest she meet with librarians in various fields, such as education, academics (college/university level), public, law, medical, archivist, and what ever else she can find. We're a friendly bunch-and we net work so we could find some interesting libraries and librarians for her to visit.

I hear mixed things about the job market. School libraries are often under staffed, or staffed with paras who may or may not know the field well. But, more and more districts are beginning to notice that well run, well stocked, professionally staffed libraries have a strong positive impact on education.

Libraries are here to stay, and it's a great job, always changing and different every day

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I'm not a teacher... or a librarian... yet but I'm about to start my Grad program to be a librarian. You're right that she can do an undergrad in almost anything, but she can gear it towards what type of librarian she wants to be.

Public librarian... English or public service.
Law Librarian... law, history, business.
Music Librarian... music.
Archives... history.
Teacher librarian... English or the subject she'd want to teach, education, etc.

I have an undergrad degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (I focused on Education & Communications). I wish now I would have done something like English or History so I'd be a little more equipped to teach those subjects. I still can, if I certify in them, I just wish I would have focused more on them.

In a lot of cases WHAT degree isn't important. It's the experience you have in the field. Sure, you need the degree to qualify for the job, but the people with the experience are going to be the ones called in for an interview. Hopefully she'll be in a position where she can work part time or get an internship throughout her undergrad so she has the upper hand once she's graduated. Good luck to her!!

As a mid-30s who has changed her degree & career many times, my best advice is to not rush into a major until you're absolutely sure. From the time you graduate college (22ish) you have 50 years to work! It better be something you love.
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Take an aptitude test to prepare
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Yes, one can get an undergraduate degree in about anything, and then apply to get a Master of Library and Information Studies degree (MLIS) or various other Master's degrees in Library Science. In today's world, information is a major commodity, and many businesses need Information Managers to organize their data.

I would suggest your daughter take an aptitude test to find out exactly what she is truly interested in, so that she steers her library career in that direction. The field of medicine needs Information Managers for their records rooms and doctors' offices. The same applies to the field of law, museums, public and school libraries, technology and now Social Media... these are specialties, so it helps to know early what classes to take. And if she pinpoints early what she wants to do she could go on to acquire a doctorate's degree in that area.

My passion is helping people learn to read or improve their reading, so I will graduate in December with a MLIS as a School Media Specialist. I also have a certificate in Youth Services, so I can teach at a school library or public library. I also look at interesting job descriptions in the broader business field for places like Universal Studios and the Smithsonian Institute. I have a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science.... I took Computer Repair, Elementary Education, Xray Technology.... so I am interested in a little bit of everything, but I've always loved teaching.

Librarianship is a great field to be in! You can learn about everything, help other people, and develop your career into other areas!

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