I want to be a librarian

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  1. samc1180

    samc1180 New Member

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    I've always wanted to get my credentials to be a librarian. I'm assuming you have to have a master's degree to do so.
    Do any of you know of any great programs that I could enroll in to become a librarian?
    What about online learning as well?

    Thank you.
     
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  3. PCdiva

    PCdiva Connoisseur

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    Since being a librarian has so much to do with technology these days, as we are often referred to as Library Media Specialists, many degree programs are offered online or in a hybrid format.

    What state are you in?
     
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    It all depends on your state. I'm halfway through my program in Louisiana. If I only did the certification, it would've been 18 hrs., but I decided to do the masters with certification, so it's 36 hrs. But 9 of those are electives. Because I have to commute 40 miles each way to grad school, I would rather do online, but after taking a few classes, I quickly realized online wouldn't have been as effective.

    Good luck!
     
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    JustMe Virtuoso

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    My online program for Library Media Education was far superior to those of my other degrees...it was extremely effective, so I suppose it depends upon the actual program and professors.
     
  6. PCdiva

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    I agree completely!
     
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    exactly what online programs are you all referring to? can you still attend if you live in a different state, becuase it is online. I am looking for a good program too.
     
  8. TeacherApr

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    I don't believe you HAVE to have a Master's. Each state has different qualifications as well as each University. Sometimes you don't even need a degree at all! At least in my district you don't as it is now a paraprofessional position....
     
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    Yes. Some teachers can get the position with just certification, but most media/ librarians hold a Masters in my state, and yes, they do require it. I am at the beginning of a masters program, its hard work but i think wil lbe all worth it!
     
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    My program was a Hybrid (3 face to face meetings and the rest online per class) not completely online.
     
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    In TN, you have to have a Master's but check on the requirements for your state. I did Saturdays for 1 1/2 years + some summer classes to get my degree. Not easy, but totally worth it!
     
  12. aThriftyTeacher

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    That's how it's going in my district too. They are trying to cut costs, so when librarians leave or retire, they fill the job with a para. I'm afraid that's how a lot of districts are going right now due to budget cuts and the economy. :(
     
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    That makes me really sad. Librarians can be great teachers. They are more than book shelving machines. Schools that don't see it this way are losing out on a great resource. :mad:
     
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    degree

    I got my MLS through the University of North Texas. It was mostly online. I got the school librarian certification in addition to my Master's. No library job though, we've got a library "aide" instead.
     
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    My boyfriend is an Electronic Services Librarian. He has his Masters in Library and Information Science. He works at the college level though.
     

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