“You’re doing another degree?!” How to answer those awkward questions: a LIS Student’s View

“You’re doing another degree?!” How to answer those awkward questions: a LIS Student’s View

This blog post may not have all the answers to assuage those incredulous shocked faces and concerned pleas from partners, family members, friends, in-law/out-laws etc., all urging you to quit your “eternal student” status, but it will hopefully be a timely consideration of the many solid justifications for pursuing a professional library qualification which can sometimes get lost in the ether. Although quite irritating to admit, it would be a lie to say that these nagging doubts haven’t occurred to me at one point or another, but particularly at the very beginning of my LIS studies.  In fact, the decision to begin any further qualifications after completing masters and doctoral level studies was strangely daunting.  The substantial financial cost is a major consideration for most applicants, accompanied by the fact that (as in most professions) funding is incredibly limited.  Also, time constraints, work pressures, family commitments and general life obstacles can all feed into the mix and make a persuasive case for avoiding further study altogether.  You’ve got the permanent post now, so why bother?

Well, as anyone who has been bitten by the library bug will know, there is a certain security and an empowerment in information literacy which encourages individuals to constantly reassess and reconsider the best routes to information discovery. No matter how “expert” we might feel, various different experiences in public, academic and special libraries have taught me that there is always something new to learn.  Perhaps therein lies the intrigue with Library and Information Services courses.

 So is it worth it?

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New Professionals Stories #3: Kerry Baker

New Professionals Stories #3: Kerry Baker

The third in our series of New Professionals stories is from Kerry Baker about the graduate trainee experience. If you would like to contribute to this series, please get in touch – drop us a line here

The graduate trainee experience – Recently Asked Questions Continue reading “New Professionals Stories #3: Kerry Baker”

New Professionals Stories #2: Mary Murray

New Professionals Stories #2: Mary Murray

The second in our series of New Professionals stories is a ‘Day in the Life’ post from Mary Murray a Library Assistant in the CCAM Art Library of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in the West of Ireland. If you would like to contribute to this series, please get in touch – drop us a line here

I’ve been meaning to do a day in the life for a while now but wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested. However it is only when you break down what you do each day you realise what skills you are using, acquiring and where you could improve. Continue reading “New Professionals Stories #2: Mary Murray”

New Professionals Stories #1: Donna Whitehouse

New Professionals Stories #1: Donna Whitehouse

This is the first in our series of New Professionals stories, hearing from a variety of people new to the LIS profession. If you would like to contribute to this series, please get in touch – drop us a line here

Looking back it seems obvious now – I was always meant to a librarian. I detoured along the way and ended up dipping in my toe into the academic world (research degree in counter-terrorism, anyone?), but libraries are my passion. Continue reading “New Professionals Stories #1: Donna Whitehouse”