How do I become a library director?
I have 5 years working in a library environment. I'm thinking of going to Drexel Universtiy but they offer a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MS) and Simmons offers a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. I want to go to Drexel University but Simmons seems like it offers more. (MLS) Which degree would be better? If I go to Drexel will I be able to apply for jobs as a library director in the future? I want to go to the school that allows me to be a library director.
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Both the Drexel and Simmons programs are excellent. Either kind of Master's degree will qualify you to be hired as a librarian. In library school you will need to decide if you want to follow a technical services path or a reference/instruction path in your library career. Whatever specialty area in library science... More
Answered By: Juanaquena - 11/18/2010
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Ask your library director how she/he got to the position. My guess is beyond a MLS degree, you're looking at working your way up - taking on administrative positions and higher and higher levels and proving your competence on the job. All professional librarians will have the MLS at this point - managing librarians... More
Answered By: Michael Jones - 11/18/2010
They are both ALA accredited schools and thats all that really matters. (Complete list here: http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/education/accreditedprograms/directory/list/index.cfm ) The MLS or MLIS are the more traditional degree titles but an MS in Library and Info Science is fine. They are the same degree... More
Answered By: Splendid Irony - 11/18/2010
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