Let me reiterate an important point. A number of people come into the LIS profession because they realize that the work is calling them; however, they may have only seen what library staff do and not actually done that work themselves. This is unlike some other professions, where students may be required to have experience before entering an academic program. For example, in the past, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has required that applicants have some food service experience before starting at the CIA. While that does create a hurdle, it assures that students have work experience to draw upon while in class. Without experience to draw upon, LIS students need to work to gain the library intelligence they will need to be successful in their academic programs. That means doing work outside of the classroom, so they have growing foundation for what is occurring in the classroom.
So this is the first in a series of blog posts on upping your library intelligence, recognizing that each of us need to do this. I hope this series gives you ideas and if you know of someone else who could benefit from the series - like a current LIS student - please tell the person!
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