What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students

By Priscilla K. Shontz; Richard A. Murray | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 2
Your MLS Education

Bart, don’t make fun of grad students. They just made a terrible life
choice.

The Simpsons, 2005

Earning a master’s in library or information science is not just about racking up the required number of credit hours and maybe writing a thesis or passing comprehensive exams. You should design your school experience thoughtfully, with an eye towards the career you want to have after you finish. Managing your education mindfully can help you better prepare for your future job searches and career. This book is not about how to decide whether you want to go to library school, or how to pick a program once you’ve made that decision. However, many students who are already in school find themselves wondering whether they’ve chosen the right one, or whether there are things they need to do while they’re in school based on the choice they’ve made. Sometimes recent graduates, especially if they’re facing a long job search, wonder if the school they attended is putting them at a disadvantage. We’ll touch briefly on some of these questions before moving on to things you can do while you’re in school to make the most of your education and improve your odds of getting a job when you graduate.


DOES IT MATTER WHETHER I GO
TO A TOP-RATED SCHOOL?

Students and recent graduates often wonder how important it is to attend a “top tier” (whatever that means) library school. The programs ranked

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Chapter 1 - What Employers Want 1
  • Section 1 - The Student Experience 9
  • Chapter 2 - Your MLS Education 11
  • Chapter 3 - Practical Experience 19
  • Chapter 4 - Your Professional Identity 29
  • Chapter 5 - Additional Skills 37
  • Section 2 - The Job Search 45
  • Chapter 6 - How Employers Hire 47
  • Chapter 7 - Your Job Search 55
  • Chapter 8 - Resumes 61
  • Chapter 9 - Cover Letters 79
  • Chapter 10 - Interviews 87
  • Chapter 11 - Your New Job 105
  • Resources 111
  • Index 115
  • About the Authors 119
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