A Master’s Degree in LIS: Weighing Our Educational Standards
Education & Curriculum / Honesty

A Master’s Degree in LIS: Weighing Our Educational Standards

Before I started my library degree, I often found myself wondering – why do I need a master’s degree to become a librarian? If the requirements and options were different, couldn’t I just become a librarian after getting a bachelor’s degree in the field? Turns out, I wasn’t alone. We’ve been evaluating and debating the … Continue reading

Taking the “Library” out of Library School
Education & Curriculum

Taking the “Library” out of Library School

This post is co-written by Hailley Fargo and Brenna Murphy, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently announced that it may drop the “library” from the school’s name. Since 1981, we have been known as the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS); we would now … Continue reading

Advice for First Generation LIS Students
Diversity / Honesty / Professional Life

Advice for First Generation LIS Students

I come from a family that doesn’t have work email, retirement stocks, or salaries. My parents and siblings, my “people,” are name tag and hairnet people. Clock-out for your lunch break people. With four older siblings, I was the first to graduate high school and then the first in my family to go to college. Now, as I finish my last … Continue reading