ipomoeaj replied to your post: I hoping to begin library school soon. A coworker of mine, who is our curator of special collections, told me not to get my masters in library science or if I do, that I must learn to code. Maybe I’m being naive but why on earth would I need to learn to code?Learn coding that relates to info organization- XML will probably be a core class in any MLIS program. It’s useful and you’ll see it in a variety of positions.yes!
These days, if you work in ANY field that uses technology (not just in library science) knowing how to code (or execute database queries), or at least having a basic understanding of how programs and applications function, is a solidly marketable skill. It increases the chances that you’ll be able to customize the technology that underpins what you do on a daily basis — that you’ll be able to automate menial tasks and improve efficiency, and not have to rely as much on IT personnel to fix minor issues.
Plus, once you get the basics of a couple different types of languages it becomes easier to learn new ones.
If the reason you became a librarian is because it’s quiet and you like to read books, it might be time to think about getting into a different profession.
“If the reason you became a librarian is because it’s quiet and you like to read books, it might be time to think about getting into a different profession.”
Curtis Rogers, “Social Media In Libraries: Keys to Deeper Engagement”, Information Today, June 2011, Vol. 28, 6. (via morerobots)
Completely true. When I tell people I’m going to become a Librarian they’re often surprised because I’m an extrovert and I can be loud at times. They don’t understand that not all libraries are tombs of silence and that all the really good librarians are people persons. Library buildings are stocked with books, yes, but libraries are really made of the people in the them, both the patrons and the librarians. If you don’t like working with the public, you won’t like working in a library. Also don’t expect to sit around all day reading books, believe me, there’s precious little time for that, for a Librarian pleasure reading happens on your own time.
Here, here. The introverts in the library world these days tend to be catalogers (and they seem to be growing rarer) and Library tech folks.
The idea that a librarian reads all day is a little silly. Librarians are there to help people find information (regardless of its media) and that means dealing with PEOPLE! It also means you have to spend the time you’re not dealing with people learning more about the resources available, which means reading articles ABOUT books, reading book reviews and lists of new publications, comparing prices and talking (or chatting, texting, emailing, blogging, etc.) to/with people about the best resources for your patrons.