Grad school decisions
June 29, 2014 9:42 AM Subscribe
I've been accepted into two MLIS programs. I need help deciding.
posted by gorbweaver to Education (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I got into Dominican University and University of Michigan's School of Information. From reading old AskMefi questions, I understand that work experience matters more than school reputation for getting a job. I plan on working in libraries in any capacity while getting my degree. I've been volunteering at a public library at home for the past 6 months and loving it. I would like to be a general librarian but hope to get enough tech knowledge for contingency plans under neoliberal budget hell. Fortunately, I will not go into debt for either school.
I volunteer with a woman who graduated from Dominican and she told me its classes aren't particularly useful and require lots of outside work to make relevant - but I've heard that about MLIS programs in general. Would Dominican's location near a large city provide more networking opportunities to make it worthwhile?
As a single 24 year old, I'm personally more inclined to move to Chicago, but I know that 2 years isn't a very long time and I won't necessarily find a job in the city I graduate in. So I'm still seriously considering Michigan if it has a stronger program.