Help me decide whether or not to go to library school.
What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian?
I think I might maybe want to be a librarian. I've been doing general internet research, polling acquaintances, and reading other library career related AskMes, and I'm confused by the mixture of pessimism and optimism about librarian job prospects. Some sources say it's a great idea (in fact, I know a number of current and prospective students of MLIS programs), while some say forget about it! you'll get part time work at best.
Most of what I've been reading is about prospects in public and academic libraries, but from the information I've gathered so far, I'm more interested in special libraries--medical library work as described here
sounds amazing to me, and I'm sure there are other cool possibilities. Archival work could also be a possibility, and one of the programs I'm considering is a dual MLIS/MAS.
I'd love to hear from some special librarians (or other folks with MLISes who do related work that's not in academic or public libraries). What is your day to day work like? How has job searching been in the last few years? Would the archival studies part of an MLIS/MAS be useful in expanding job possibilities?
Bonus question: I have good computer skills but I haven't kept up to date with web development/IT in the last few years. Could it be worth my while to spend a year in community college while I make this decision, brushing up on my IT and maybe learning some web programming? (And volunteering in libraries.) I enjoy IT and web type work, and while I don't want a career in the field, I think a research/information management-heavy job that incorporated some IT would be ideal for me.
(It might or might not be relevant that my background is a BA in English, admin experience in health and publishing, and some experience in low-level tech support. I've done a WEE bit of library volunteering and plan to do more.)