Why is librarianship any different?"
A great, if perhaps provocative, editorial by LJ Editor-in-Chief, Mike Kelley.
This hits pretty close to home since I have roots in journalism and am now fully immersed in library science…. and though I love both programs and don’t regret studying either one, I’ve questioned the necessity of needing to take academic classes in these fields. I’ve never been drawn toward academia, which is probably why I’ve followed the path of more professional/practical degrees, and know that both fields highly prioritize work experience and barely look at your degree - which can turn the class experience into just a hoop to jump through to get to the job you want. But in the end, I disagree with the author since I really value my MLIS. It’s changed my life for the better in so many ways. Even if some of the classes don’t inspire me, being around likeminded individuals, seeking help from mentors and professors who are passionate about our field, adoring my campus, and being able to prioritize an insane graduate lifestyle have all been invaluable experiences.