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Would it make more sense if library science degrees were one year of instruction and one year of experience?
Yes—I think MLS programs should be modeled more after teacher education programs where there is at least an entire semester or year devoted to practice/experience. I know most school librarians have to get through something like that, I have no idea why the rest of the tracks are excluded from mandatory experiential learning.
My practicum was the single most beneficial course I took in library school, and it was optional. It really made me want to spend more time in the classroom reflecting on what I had learned and internalizing everything. Sadly, it was pretty much accepted that the practicum should be your last semester before graduation. How are students supposed to know which courses to take if some (most) of them haven’t even tried those things? With the programs being so short, you can’t take every class, and many students were coming in with limited or no library work experience.
Calling all Tumblarians!
If you’re like me, there were bound to be some gaps or blind spots in your library school education. So I decided to start putting together a list of Open Access resources that are available and would be useful for other information professionals, but since lots of heads are better than one, I decided to open it up for other people to contribute!
The GoogleDoc I’ve created for the list is open for anyone to view or edit, so feel free to contribute any resources you find. My only request is that you make sure it’s legally available.
Anyway, you can find the document here and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone finds!