A couple of weeks ago, my family went out to dinner to celebrate my graduating from Library School. Yeah, it's a couple months late, but I was more nonchalant about it, much like the whole grad school thing, because it's just an MLIS. To be honest, I almost felt guilty for celebrating such a non-event.
Last week at work I came across The Grad Cafe website for grad students and they had a forum for prospective MLIS students. I know that I have a completely different outlook on librarianship and MLIS's, but is it normal for people to apply to more than one library grad school program?? I know that's the thing to do for undergrad programs but for library science graduate programs!??! What a waste of money on application fees.
Not only do people apply to more than one school, but they also apply to schools across the country. The school I went to is nearby. If by some reason I wasn't accepted, I would have gladly taken an online only degree program. No sense in moving somewhere, anywhere, for an MLIS. Here's how it will probably go down, genius applies to a handful of schools, genius moves across the country to attend a "top rated MLIS school," genius gets degree, genius cannot find any local jobs, genius applies to library jobs all over the country, genius ends up moving somewhere else to take a library job that pays incredibly low wages.
EVERYONE gets accepted into an MLIS program. There are only a couple of reasons why a college wouldn't accept someone's money, sorry - I mean application. I guess if someone has a horrible undergrad GPA and even worse GRE scores, maybe, just maybe a school would say no. I read that some schools only accept a certain number each semester. Why -- I don't know, colleges love easy money and it doesn't get any easier than the MLIS department. Seriously, you don't need anything special to give an MLIS lecture. In reference to the BCG Matrix, they are the cash cows of the universities. So as you can see, EVERYONE get accepted into an MLIS program.
Not only does everyone get accepted but everyone also gets the degree.
"YOU GET A DEGREE! YOU GET A DEGREE! YOU GET A DEGREE!"
All you have to do is pay the price tag. Now, I know that just because I don't know of anyone who has dropped or failed out of library school does not necessarily mean that it hasn't happened. But c'mon now, who knows someone who has? And if anyone has failed out of library school, there probably is some special program, much like a witness-protection, that will relocate said failure and give them a new identity for fear of a life of mock and ridicule.
Getting an MLIS has to be the easiest graduate degree to obtain. It's like getting an Xbox Achievement for inserting the game disc and starting the game.
Anyone who claims that they went to a "Top Ranked MLIS School" should be forced to read every single romance novel written. Their argument has no solid ground, the difference between one MLIS school from another is minimal if even measurable. They all use the same textbooks, they all offer the same courses, they all tell you to read the same horrible "library research," and they will all tell you the same ALA spiel. Do you really think that just because you went to the "#1 Rated MLIS School" you can copy-catalog better than another? Or that it'll put you in top consideration for a position? Sucker....
To those that want to argue that there is some prestige in an MLIS degree, I must say that you are highly delusional. There is no "prestige" or "honor" with the degree. Hey, don't be mad at me, I'm just as disappointed. These library schools have no standards. If they did, they would not allow every single applicant into the program. If they did, not everyone would pass every class. If they did, not everyone would walk away with a degree. Of course, if a library school were to have any standards and reject people, those rejects would just go to another school and pay for the degree. So no library school will up their standards because doing so would negatively affect their cash flow.
Just because someone pays for the courses, does that mean they deserve ("earn") the degree?