A young library assistant colleague at my library was wanting to pursue librarianship further by applying to do the Master of Library and Information Studies at Victoria. She was enjoying the work here and was very good at it, garnering the praise of her colleagues and manager.
Her work contract about to finish and having asked those of us at the library who had recently survived the MLIS for advice, she was all ready to apply.
I caught up with her to wish her well before she left and asked her how her application was going.
Well, it wasn’t going at all, because in the last couple of weeks Victoria had changed the entry requirements for the masters to be an honours degree or higher. My friend has a bachelor’s degree.
The entry requirements do state that other applications may be considered if they have the appropriate “practical, professional or scholarly experience.”
However I wonder how many wonderful budding librarians the extra educational requirements may put off?
I’m certainly going to encourage my friend to apply as I think she would be a most welcome addition to the profession.
The degree at Victoria has also been changed from the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) to a Master of Information Studies (MIS). The reasoning being that the programme is now on a par with our northern hemisphere colleagues, with a focus on the technological aspects of information management, as well as being due to the increased interactivity between libraries and archives because of the Public Records Act 2005.
This all sounds very sensible, but why do you need to have a four year degree to apply?
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