Almost immediately after the last post about the MLS being the worst master’s degree for jobs, I received an “American Libraries Special Delivery” (i.e., spam advertising) informing me of the wonders of the San Jose State Post-Master’s Certificate Program. Since they say that the program is “fully online” twice within two sentences, I’m assuming the program is fully online, so you wouldn’t even have to travel to San Jose.
They claim the certificate will help you “Update your knowledge about emerging trends in
the library and information science field and stay competitive in a challenging job market,” which implies they don’t think their massive multiplayer online MLS is sufficient.
If the MLS is the worst master’s degree for jobs, would a “post-master’s certificate” help at all? The certificate calls for 11 courses. For that much work you could probably get another master’s degree, which would probably look better on your resume depending on what it’s in. Anyway, San Jose, I think I’ll pass, but thanks for paying ALA to spam my inbox.
Since we’re talking about job market stuff, a kind reader sent me a couple of links with the subject line “job market stuff.”
One is for a lovely part-time temporary job. I won’t include the link, because the ad isn’t aiming for a national audience. Check out the description:
Circulation/Reserves Coordinator (Temporary, 3-month position)
Part-time (32 hours per week) for 3 months. Provides coverage for circulation/reserves coordinator position during fall 2012 semester through mid-November. Responsible for training and supervision of large student work force staffing primary service desk; manages circulation and reserves operations, including an active technology (laptops and other personal devices) lending program….
Good opportunity for summer 2012 MLIS grads seeking academic library service desk experience while job-hunting for a permanent position; other recent college graduates (undergrad) deferring graduate school entry until January ’13 also encouraged to apply.
It doesn’t technically qualify for a library job that sucks. The criteria for those, you might remember, is that the job has to require an MLS, and be temporary and part-time or, in the case of job pools, not even be a job at all. Since this one doesn’t require the MLS, but just a bachelor’s degree, it doesn’t qualify.
But boy, do they want one. I question whether it really would be a good opportunity for new MLS grads to work in a non-professional temporary part time position. It might be good for their finances, though since no salary is stated that’s debatable. But for their career? I’m skeptical. One temp job leads to another, and pretty soon your resume looks like have ADHD and wanderlust, but I could be wrong.
The kind reader also sent this newsletter from the conditionally ALA-accredited MLS program at Valdosta State University. I don’t know anything about Valdosta State or why their accreditation is conditional, but they’re very happy about the possibility of ending their conditional status some day soon, and who could blame them.
A section of the newsletter contains information from recent graduates on “How I Landed My First Job.” Based on reading them, I’d say if these grads are typical of Valdosta State, then they’re doing a pretty good job of informing students about the realities of the job market. If they’re extraordinary, then the other Valdosta State students should emulate them, because they seem pretty savvy about the market to me, especially regarding flexibility and covering tattoos.
Kind Reader specifically directed my attention to page 4, where one grad mentions why she was hired. “I was later informed by my supervisor that out of the ‘huge stack’ of applications they received, I was chosen because I was young, technologically savvy, and ‘had all the right answers’ they were looking for.”
That seems like a recipe for success in applying for any library job these days, so I’d like to recommend it. Just be young, tech savvy, and have all the right answers to questions and you’ll be a shoo-in. Job market problem solved, unless you’re one of those older, second-career librarians.
However, someone should tell that supervisor that the appropriate term isn’t “young,” but “enthusiastic.” “Enthusiastic” you can even put in a job ad and not get sued.
Earning a certificate, taking temporary non-professional positions, or being young and tech-savvy – I think we know which would increase your chances of getting a job.