I am now down to my last three courses towards a masters degree that will qualify me as a librarian. I am seeing most of my friends graduate and go to job interviews and getting feedback from them about the importance of course selection. Part of me is sad to see them leave me behind in graduate school but I am also really excited for my friends. I chose to go the part-time route so I could work while I finish up my degree and am really grateful for the experience I am having. I love my job and the people I work with. Also, I know that I am going to really miss school when I finish up this degree.
Many of my friends are being asked by prospective employers if they took courses in Readers’ Advisory, Collection Development and Information Literacy. This makes me more than a little nervous since I have been avoiding taking courses in Readers Advisory and Collection Development since I feel like these are things that may be better suited to learning on the job. I took an advocacy course and I felt like the issues in that class were really important for libraries and for anybody in the profession to understand. I think design is also pretty crucial to getting people to step in the front door of a library and to come back – though customer service also plays a strong part in that and I think the collections and library programs do too. I have taken a course in Children’s Collection Development. Do you think that counts? How important is it that I take these courses? I have a couple of years working as a library technician under my belt and am now working as a librarian archivist on a digitization project. Did you take these courses? Do you think it will hinder my chances at getting a permanent position when I graduate if I don’t take these courses? Would I be able to learn these skills on the job or should I focus on taking these courses in the fall and winter? Maybe it depends on the job I want to have when I graduate? Any advice would be appreciated.