It’s the time of year when enquiries start to arrive about applying to library school. Our programme pages have been updated, which contain all the vital information – level of qualification (second class honours or above); amount of experience (one year in an information post); structure of the course and options available.
Our Departmental Open Day on 8 October was well-attended, and it was especially good for prospective students to have a chance to meet some current and former students, hear about the work placement offering from Naomi Percival (Lambeth Palace Library) and Molly Kernan (Lambeth Palace Library’s work placement student from 2013-14 class), and about progression to PhD from former MA LIS and current PhD student Kate Whaite.
Upcoming events for folks thinking of applying to library school in the UK include*:
- 4 November 2014 – Applying to Library School Event – CILIP East of England
- 18 November 2014 – Applying to Study Library and Information Science – CPD 25
- 19 November 2014 – Faculty Graduate Open Day – UCL Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, SSEES
I’ll be attending the London events in person, and Skyping into the Cambridge event (which unfortunately takes place on the same day as our MA LIS Exam Board, which, of course, is compulsory to attend for teaching staff). There is also an opportunity to meet current or former students.
For those outside London, 19 November is a good day to make the journey into town – City University is having an open evening, which includes their Information Science programmes. So it’s a good chance to meet programme staff at the two library schools in the capital.
Social media is another way to get a flavour of activities: @UCLDISstudents tweets links of interest to current students, including links to blog posts from the student blog and #UCLLIS is the hashtag staff and students can use to tweet about the course. #citylis tweets a wide range of materials – some of it relating to the course, and some of interest to its current students. There’s also @InfoSchoolSheff, which tweets news about courses and staff, and there’s also our own departmental account, @UCLDIS.**
One of the strengths of LIS education in the UK is that although we are all accredited by CILIP, each library school makes a slightly different offering, so whatever your particular interests and experience – whether you want to study full-time, part-time or online by distance – you should be able to find a course to suit you.
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* These are the events of which I am aware. If you are aware of others that might be of interest to people thinking of applying to library school, I am happy to include them. Please leave a link in the comments.
** These are the library school twitter presences of which I am aware. If you are aware of others, I am happy to include them here, to help other people. Please mention them in the comments.