Late in the spring, I had a short conversation with Rachel Clarke about MSLIS students and in which areas we thought they (the generic "they") needed to grow. A number of people are attracted to M.S. in Library and Information Science programs who do not have deep library experience. For them, their lack of library experience may inhibit these students from learning and applying new concepts quickly. Rachel and I realized that these students would be helped by engaging in activities that would allow them to increase ("up") their library intelligence. While we promised to continue the conversation later, I've decided to develop a series of blog posts as a way for me to explore the topic and - hopefully - create content which will help current and future MSLIS students, and LIS professionals.This is still an need for those considering entering the library profession. You will gain more from your education - the MSLIS degree - if you have some background knowledge. Even now, with the world seeming a bit precarious, you can build that background knowledge. If you decide to work in a library for a while, before obtaining your MSLIS degree, this knowledge will serve you well because you will not be starting from ground zero, which your boss will appreciate. Finally, if you are finishing your MSLIS degree and waiting to land your first position, now is a great time to continue learning. Besides what is below, consider thinking about the reopening of libraries and COVID-19. Again, your thoughts, questions, and knowledge will be appreciated by your future employer.
By the way, I know people are worried about job hunting in the wake of COVID-19. Yes, jobs are still available. Organizations are still hiring. You, though, may need to be a bit more flexible, including a willingness to move geographically. You may need to take a position for 1-2 years that is not your ideal, but will help you gain in experience. Remember that you are developing a career, which is more than just your first position.
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: An Area You Need To Focus On
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Words Matter
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Reading, Listening, and Watching
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Expanding and Tapping into the LIS Network
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Get Digital
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Put in the Time
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: An Ongoing Need
- Upping Your Library Intelligence: Vacuum and Use