10/12/2013 § 1 Comment
We thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide for library students. In fact, it inspired us to create our own Hack Library School Pinterest account where you will find this entire guide plus more under the Librarian Gift Guide board. See anything you like? Have other recommendations? Let us know and have a wonderful holiday!
Giant bookworm microbe for your favorite bookworm
Out of Print is your one-stop shop for literary-themed shirts, sweaters, jewelry, tote bags, phone cases, notebooks, and more. They focus on classic book covers and I can attest to the quality of their products. Highly recommended and suitable for he, she, or kids!
The Love Your Librarian line from Etsy shop AlisonRose is amazing. You can purchase t-shirts for both men and women or a tote.
The Meet Me at the Library t-shirt from Etsy shop abjectbirth is another great option to show off your library pride. It’s available in heather gray or tan. (Ladies, fair warning, it does run small)
What could be more charming than an I Am Mr. Darcy t-shirt from Etsy shop Brookish? By the way – this shop has tons of Pride and Prejudice items.
Perhaps this Real Men Love Cats (yes, they do) t-shirt from Etsy shop RCTees?
Did anyone else decide to be a librarian when they were five after watching Beauty and the Beast? If so, Etsy shop GoFollowRabbits makes the perfect skirt for you.
Wannabe Miss Elizabeth Bennetts will fall for this lovely Pride and Prejudice scarf from the Smithsonian Institute.
Gents will rock this Dictionary Page bow tie from Etsy shop DPDomesticities.
The Great Gatsby cufflinks Etsy shop from Bookity will keep you looking sharp.
I’m not much of a cook but I know I would rock the kitchen if I had an apron from HauteMessThreads. Personally I love the Star Trek TNG apron, but if Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, or Disney is more of your thing, this shop has you covered.
I’m sure we all have a few reads on our holiday wish list, but here are a few options you may want to consider.
I’m making it a mission to collect Penguin hardcover classics and I’d love to start with Homer’s Odyssey. I admire the simple yet elegant design.
The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes looks is a must read for library students and new professionals.
Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines is a perfect gift for bibliophiles who also love art.
I’ve heard great things about Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career by Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen.
The Pride and Prejudice board game. Yes, it exists.
Mugs. There are so many cute library-themed mugs out there, but I am partial to this one by Etsy shop kadarut.
The Botticino Marble Coasters (in multi) at Anthropologie are swoon-worthy.
Ideal Bookshelf makes the best book prints. You can select a curated theme, like fantasy or young adult, or request your own custom design based on your favorite reads.
Make your house smell like your favorite author with the Paddywax Library candle series.
BookBook makes amazing vintage-inspired leather cases for Macs and iPads. They recently came out with the BookBook Travel Journal which has room for your iPad (though I’m sure you can fit other tablets), power adapter, cables, and more. The perfect conference accessory!
Notecards make wonderful gifts and, bonus!, work well for thank-you notes after interviews. The Penguin Book Cover set has an amazing variety while the Jane Austen set features sentiments from the author herself.
INALJ publishes an annual gift guide called For Librarians, Buy Librarians.
Gift Ideas for the Librarian in Your Life by Sarah Roark Schott.
13/11/2013 § 13 Comments
Hello fellow hackers! I’m excited to join the Hack Library School team. For my first post, I thought I’d tackle the subject of online MLIS programs, even though this has been discussed on Hack Library School in the past.
You see, recently on Hiring Librarians some hiring managers have criticized online LIS education, stating that they are wary of hiring graduates who have obtained a MLIS degree online. This even prompted a survey on biases against online library school. Library Journal noticed this and followed up with a discussion of the widespread trend of online programs, concluding that, while becoming more common, they still have a way to go before being accepted by the entire library community. Oh no! Does this mean online LIS students won’t be hired after they graduate? Are we doomed? I don’t think so. It’s clear there are still major misconceptions and confusion about how LIS programs work. Of course, each school is different, but online MLIS degrees are every bit as valid as degrees earned in person.
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Why opt for online programs in the first place? There are a variety of reasons. Perhaps you work full-time. Or there isn’t a library school nearby and you can’t relocate due to family obligations. I completely get the appeal of traditional programs. In a perfect world, I would have applied to programs that had a dual MLIS/MA in art history, which would have involved moving to another state. But, I’m not able to relocate right now and I didn’t want to delay my degree. There is only one library science program in my state and it’s entirely online. I could have considered other online programs, but I didn’t because of cost – I get tuition assistance as a university employee, but only if I attend an in-state school. Online classes are not for everyone and that’s perfectly okay. However, for others, like myself, they are a necessity.