Welcome to Winter Quarter!
For some us, this is our last year. For others, there is at least one more ahead of us. No matter if you are just starting the MLIS program or you are finishing, it’s important to know as much about the field as possible.
What’s a better way to learn about the field than by eating cheesy fries alongside practicing Librarians?
Thank you so much to Dawn Rutherford and Kristin Piepho for coming out to talk to us about the job process, what it’s like in the field, and what we can do to better prepare ourselves.
Here are some takeaways from some of us who attended the event:
Happy Halloween! Ready for some not-so-spooky tips and tricks?
The MLIS program at the iSchool is very theory-based, which has its upsides and downsides. You learn about the higher levels of thinking in the field, and you analyze how broad swathes of users gather, organize, and access information. On the other hand, you’re sometimes left scratching your head, wondering how these theories apply to the real-world tasks of a librarian.
Applications are there, however, best illustrated by some kind of on-the-job experience. Whether you decide to a do a directed field-work, volunteer at a library, or conduct some informational interviews with knowledgeable librarians, you’re learning how theory meets practice. We’ll continue to have more information about these opportunities.
In the meantime, take a look at this blog post about ten things you may not learn in library school but are super important on the job. How could you go about acquiring these tools? What do you think you want and/or need to learn before you become a librarian?