Why It's for YOU
Who YOU can be:
- Patent Searcher
- Information Consultant
- Art & Architecture Librarian
- Science & Engineering Librarian
- Government Documents Librarian
- Subject Bibliographer
- Computer Systems Librarian
Where YOU can be:
- Public Libraries
- Universities and Colleges
- Law Firms/Hospitals/Corporations
What YOU can do:
- Provide Competitive Intelligence
- Spread Information Literacy
- Assess Information Resources
- Support and Enhance Research
Why the information service profession needs YOU:
- Increasing Diversity of Users
- Growing Population of Users
- The "Graying" of the Profession as more Librarians retire in the next decade.
Skills YOU need:
- An eye for detail.
- An ability to create order out of chaos.
- An ability to learn new technology and adapt to change.
- A strong desire to assist others and a commitment to service.
Myths and Facts
"Librarians just don't make enough money."
- Advancement in the field offers managerial, administrative, and director level positions in both the private and public sector.
- The Pay Equity Task Force (
http://www.mjfreedman.org/tfhome.html) is an ALA President-sponsored initiative committed to higher pay for public service librarians.
"Librarians just shelve and check out books."
- The ALA successfully challenged the
Children's Internet Protection Act in order to protect citizens' access to information.
- Reference librarians refine and anticipate the information needs of the general public, researchers, students, clients, and other professionals.
- Public librarians have been at the forefront of introducing technology to low-income and disadvantaged communities in order to ameliorate the digital divide.
"I can't afford to go to library school."
"Librarians don't need advanced degrees."
- The profession requires an ALA accredited masters in the library or information sciences (MSI, MLS) and a BA in any field.
- You can combine an MLS with an MBA / JD / MA / MS / PhD to serve as a reference librarian in any specialized field.
Librarians are teaching, changing, and leading us through the Information Age.