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Why do you need a Master's degree to be a Librarian?

In my research, I saw you need to have a Master’s degree to a Librarian but I don’t know. I also read you don't need one to be a School librarian yet to have at least the requirement of state teaching and it makes me very confused.

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Jeremy’s Answer

It really depends on what tasks librarians need to perform daily.

You need to know about at least foundation of management information system to understand the basic categorization. Librarians don't only read and manage books. They know how to read index and what's the best way to organize collections. Librarians can also sometimes be part of the researches and studies as they know how to fetch information from the right source. :)
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Linda’s Answer

Great question, Taryn. Jeremy covered a bit and I'd add that librarians also Create a lot of technical information. Still, I think the answer that I received in grad school was that people with the degrees usually are directors and other management in libraries so must have higher education. On the other hand, many public libraries and schools have increased their number of clerks who are trained in many specific library tasks. Yet, schools, especially the public, Need professional educators to serve our children (just as you want your doctor fully educated). On a side note, at least Missouri State University had a BS program and colleges in New Mexico offered an associate's degree at one time. But you'll have to check the current situation, which will be a pleasure if you're motivated enough to study Library and Information Science, like I did for my masters.

Linda recommends the following next steps:

Research the alternatives I mentioned.
Ask yourself who do you want to work with-- children, adults, college students, lawyers, or multiple users in public libraries.
Where do you want to live and work?
How much are you interested in education vs job-training?
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