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The worst master’s degree?

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American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan was not amused by a Forbes article identifying the library and information science degree as the worst master’s for a student to pursue.

 

In her statement,  Sullivan took issue with the top “worst” ranking for a number of reasons:  "It is true that many librarians are not paid for the full value of their work. The profit-centered, corporation-based measures valued by Forbes suggest that pay rates and growth are the only valid reasons for selecting a career or seeking an advanced degree.  While it is true that for some individuals these factors are the principal focus, for librarians the primary motivation is job satisfaction derived from the opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others."

 

"Graduates of master’s of library and information science programs (now frequently known as “information schools” or “I-schools”) have training in a range of competencies that can be successfully applied not only in librarianship, but also to careers in other fields.  So, if you are looking for a rewarding career that will enable you to make a significant difference in the lives of others and contribute to the health and well-being of our communities (while providing a comfortable standard of living), a master’s degree in library and information science is an excellent choice.”

 

More here:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-worst-masters-degree/2012/07/08/gJQAfm6BXW_blog.html

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Is a Master’s Degree in Library Science a Poor Investment? A Counter Perspective to Forbes Magazine

Is a Master’s Degree in Library Science a Poor Investment? A Counter Perspective to Forbes Magazine | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In the June 2011 Forbes online edition, Jacquelyn Smith ranked a Master’s degree in Library Sciences as the one of worst Masters Degrees a student could invest in.  She based the rankings on employment projection data and average mid-career pay compared to other people in similar jobs.

 

This post from LIS student Dorotea Szkolar gives the opposing viewpoint because statistical data alone does not provide a complete picture of the opportunities presented by obtaining a degree in librarianship.

 

A Master’s degree in library and information sciences provides a set of skills which does not limit graduates to just libraries. The ability to navigate and manage information is not a useless skill and there are many non-librarian jobs the degree qualifies graduates for, including: information resources specialist, researcher, meta-data analyst, documentation specialist and creative project manager.

 

A Master’s degree is a necessary investment for advancing one’s career in librarianship.  An MLIS is often required when applying for professional librarian jobs, especially in regards to the more advanced positions such as director or manager.

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Surviving a Master’s Degree: Mastering the School/Life/Work Balance

Surviving a Master’s Degree: Mastering the School/Life/Work Balance | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The decision to pursue a master’s degree can be a difficult one. Whether it is your first master’s degree in library science or your second master’s degree, there are inherent challenges in balancing all of life’s priorities. A master’s degree can provide an opportunity to achieve professional advancement, personal achievement and even the realization of a life-long passion. Though beneficial, obtaining a master’s degree while working as a library professional further complicates our efforts for a work / life balance with the addition of a third priority – school.

 

This article offers tips on balancing priorities while working on a master's degree.

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