“I graduated from a top library school.” Yeah, so what?

Here’s an interesting article on getting through Graduate School in the LIS Program. It may be a little dated since the article was published in 2011, but the information still rings true today. No matter what school someone goes to it is always crucial for that person to gain work experience in the field he or she is studying.

Mr. Library Dude

Interesting discussion on the COLLIB-L discussion list. A librarian posted a link to a survey about: “What makes a professional librarian? Discussion on the list then evolved into the state of the library job market. Several people mentioned that they graduated from highly-ranked library schools and had trouble finding employment. I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, nor am I denigrating anyone’s education, but it really does not matter which library school you attend.

I’ve never looked at anyone’s resume/cover letter and thought: “Wow, she graduated from X library school!” Library school is what you make of it. The MLS is just the basic requirement for the job. If all you do is take the required courses, but get no work experience, then you are setting yourself up for failure.

The following is some rather BLUNT advice for those in library school, or thinking of attending:

  1. Library school: if you…

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Content Management Systems

What do websites such as: Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla  have in common?

They are Content Management Systems (CMSs), and they are becoming an excellent alternative for businesses and organizations to build complex websites without the hassle of learning to code.

Web surfers, such as myself, may have come across the phrase Content Management System (CMS); but what exactly is a Content Management System? A Content Management System is a program that enables users to add content to their websites quickly with little fuss (see article entitled An Introduction to Website Building Software). Users can create their own blogs or webpages and add all sorts of custom designs, widgets, and applications. CMS programs, such as, WordPress give users freedom to design their website or blog to their liking; and, depending on the user, they can employ coding skills to add more originality to their webpage. According to a survey taken by W3Techs, about 23.1% of all websites use WordPress, followed by Joomla (3.0%), and Drupal (1.9%).

For in-depth information on content management systems click here to view a video tutorial and lesson.

So, what does this information have to do with libraries? It turns out many libraries across the United States are using CMS programs to create websites with a variety of features. In this day and age,  libraries are expected to create websites that give their patrons access to e-books, research databases, music downloads, audiobooks, online classes, and webinars. According to Library Success, the advantages to using CMSs to build a library website include: separation of content logic and data; more than one user can access and edit a CMS created website, easier or automatic integration of Web 2.0 tools, and cool add-ons to enhance the functionality of the website.

The links below will show you the number of libraries using content management systems:

Bringing My Blog Back to Life

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve made any new entries, my statistics have completely flat-lined.


I apologize for my silence, things have been a bit crazy and I was suffering from a critical case of Writer’s Block.


 I’m going to work on a new post sometime this week, in the mean time I must ask you guys, “what should my next post be on?

Let me know 🙂