I just wrapped at Simmons College’s GSLIS West campus, and in the ten years the program has been running, it has shifted dramatically from a mostly older student body of library professionals seeking better opportunities to new college graduates with limited experience.
I fell somewhere in between; at the beginning of my program, I was on the younger side, at 23, though married and with a year off from school under my belt. My cohort varied considerably, from a couple of friends that solidly fell into the second career camp (one hailing from journalism, one from the sciences) and a couple of friends who’d spent just a year or two in the real world, teaching or in libraries, before starting up at Simmons. It was an interesting era to be on campus.
Last month I helped usher in the new recruits for Advising Day, and they were overwhelmingly 2012 college grads. I speculated with the assistant dean as to how much this shift can be attributed to all the interested professionals in our area having already gotten their MLS in the previous years of GSLIS West, and how much is part of this broader shift in the field to people entering straight after undergraduate.
I agree with the blogger here that being a slightly older student does give the advantage of prioritization, but I think being a younger student, freer to be poor without the obligation of supporting a family, gives the advantage of making low-paying jobs and internships more feasible.
How old were you when you went through library school?
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