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Is the demand for digital librarians stable or expanding?

Is there demand for digital librarians trained in data management, exposing electronic collections, digital archiving, and so on? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Library cataloging is the best, how do I do more of it?

What are my options re: doing cataloging work for money? Ideally as a contract cataloger, an outsourced worker, or remotely/virtually? What should I learn if I love library back of house/technical services? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Nov 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me reclassify my job

Librarians of MeFi, how did you transition into a job in taxonomy? [more inside]
posted by jabes on Mar 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Catalog this!

Librarianfilter: I think I'd like to be a cataloger. Librarians, tell me about it! (Also, tell me how cataloging is changing as Library Science becomes more Information Science-y, and about jobs in other fields that use similar skills.) [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Feb 22, 2012 - 19 answers

What interesting open source projects are libraries working on these days?

What interesting open source projects are libraries working on these days? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Nov 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Non-traditional library careers

(1) What are some non-traditional careers out there for MLIS graduates? (2) Also, I've heard a little bit about consulting and information architecture, but how does one get started in these fields? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on Oct 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Joint MLS/MA Programs

A friend of mine is interested in joint ML(I)S/MA programs. He's flexible in terms of the MA field, but is particularly interested in postcolonial/subaltern studies, area studies, religious studies, gender/queer studies, that kind of thing. Which programs should he consider?
posted by naturalog on Sep 18, 2011 - 3 answers

When to start looking for jobs after new degree

When coming from extended period at current job (3+ years), when should I start looking for other jobs after getting a second degree? (Library-related) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Her Permanant Record: Why did the LOC Know Her Real Name?

On last night's History Detectives, they were tracking down the real author and backstory of Diana: A Strange Autobiography (1939). During that investigation, Tukufu Zuberi went to the Library of Congress (paper) Card Catalog, and a slightly altered version of the author's real name was listed there after the published author's name. This leads me to several questions about LOC cataloging c. 1939: [more inside]
posted by julen on Jul 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Best librarians/library science people to follow on Twitter?

Who are the best folks to follow on twitter as a librarian or library science person? - or related fields? Information organizers?
posted by specialk420 on May 8, 2010 - 10 answers

What would I need to know to be an archivist?

How much "knowledge of archiving systems and processes" would I really need for this job (see inside)? Oooh! Difficult to frame this question without insulting all archivists. Please forgive me. After you've read inside I hope you will understand. [more inside]
posted by smallbunny on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Should a future librarian get a masters in English?

Will a master's degree in English be useful to someone who wants to be a librarian? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 23, 2010 - 8 answers

How can I start to work in archives without my MLS?

Aspiring archivist about to graduate from college, and needing some time off before grad school. How can I be productive and gain meaningful experience before getting my MLIS? [more inside]
posted by alphasunhat on Feb 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Should I retake the GREs?

I'm applying to grad school for a Masters in Library Science, and I'm unsure if I should re-take the GREs. I did very well on the Verbal and Quantitative sections - both scores were above the averages of accepted students for the MLS programs I'm looking at. But I only got a 4 on the writing section (putting me in the 41st percentile). The average for admitted students is around a 5. Will my admittedly poor showing on the writing section hurt me enough that I should take the GREs again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 17 answers

Controlled vocabularies for photos

I'm looking for controlled vocabularies to describe photographic images. [more inside]
posted by pahool on Oct 6, 2009 - 6 answers

MSIM program at the iSchool

Hello, I am new to mefi but I thought this would be a great place to get some answers about the MSIM graduate program at the UW iSchool. Mainly what type of careers would be open and available to me if I graduated with this type of degree and is it really worth it or would I just be another IT guy lost in the crowd? [more inside]
posted by outclassed on Aug 13, 2009 - 3 answers

A Country House (Moving to England)

After I graduated from university last year, I moved to England to work as an au pair for a year. My time's up (I go back in a month to start pursuing my Masters), but I feel like I fit in really well over here & would seriously consider moving here after I get my degree. Actually, I'd rather just stay. Unfortunately that's not an option right now. I'd need a job to move here, though! Do you think I could find one? (Relevant details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Jun 30, 2009 - 10 answers

What can be done with 6,000+ hard-copy books and a forensic engineer's lifetime paper collection in the "Age of Information"?

Is there a person or organization which will pick up and make productive use of a (non-famous) engineer/scientist's lifelong collection of books and papers? The local university libraries and relevant engineering organizations no longer accept hard-copy materials. I'm living across the country, and the family can't keep paying storage cube rental after my father's death. It's going to have to be an all-or-nothing donation in the next two or three months, or everything gets sent to a landfill. The storage facility is in the Ann Arbor, MI (USA) area - please see the extended explanation for details. [more inside]
posted by patience_limited on May 2, 2009 - 23 answers

Chicago library job help?

Does anyone have advice for a graduating MLS student looking for a job, any job at all? Help specific to finding jobs in the Chicago metro area would be especially useful. [more inside]
posted by tinyfolk on Apr 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Where do I start with an IT standards library?

Please help me figure out a starting point for research and planning. I need to take the lead on making a standards library or process library at work (a medium-sized IT department), and while I have some ideas, I really don't know where to start, or what resources to use as a planning guide and sanity check. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Feb 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Advice on applying to an MLS program

How difficult is it to get accepted into a highly-ranked, ALA-accredited MLS program? [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty on Oct 1, 2007 - 14 answers

What's so bad about being a librarian?

Librarians -- rain on my parade! What didn't they tell you in school? What are the worst parts of your job? What do you regret about your schooling/early career? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on May 7, 2007 - 29 answers

Tell me about MLIS programs in the US!

MLIS Filter!: I'm thinking about heading back to school to snag an MLIS. However, reviews of programs seem to be far and few between. Tell me about your MLIS. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Nov 3, 2006 - 33 answers

you're not worth an additional 62%, san jose state

LibrarianFilter: Is this even legal? My school has just announced they will be increasing student fees by over 60% for the next semester. I've sent an email to the director, but what can I, or other students, reasonably do to combat this? Do I have to drop out of school because I can't afford an additional $5,000? Full text of the announcement is below. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on May 17, 2006 - 16 answers

Becoming a Librarian

Calling the MeFi Librarian Posse... I want to join! Questions about getting an MLS and job inside. [more inside]
posted by dicaxpuella on Jan 5, 2005 - 14 answers

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