application process

Application process completed.

I can cross everything off my original to do list, except ones that are an on going process like connecting with librarians.

All three schools have accepted me, so the next difficult step will be choosing which school to attend. All of them are in the top ten, according to U.S. News & World Report, so how should I pick the best one? Cost? Location? Faculty?

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18 thoughts on “Application process completed.

  1. Congratulations on your 100% acceptance rate. You go girl! (I may be turning to you for advice once I start applying later this year. Maybe your mojo can rub off over the internet.)

    I’m sure that you’ll pick the right school for you- but, for what it’s worth, every post on the library blogs that I follow seem to say that you should pick the cheapest school to attend since, once you have it, most employers won’t really care where you got your degree, as long as it’s accredited.

    • Good point. I’ve never read any job postings that asked for an MLS from a specific college, just as long as its accredited by the ALA.

      *sending my mojo through the interwebs*

      And thank you.

  2. Woohoo! Congratulations, indeed! I agree with Janine, go with the least expensive one, but include moving expenses and cost of living too. If you can keep your student loans to a minimum, I bet you’ll be happier at graduation!

      • UMD’s library program has a really good reputation! A friend from my hometown in Alabama got her MLS there, and she enjoyed it! (Now she’s working for the Boston Consulting Group.) The UMD iSchool website showcases a lot of good stuff, too! I’ve never visited there, but from the looks of it, UMD would be a solid place to go!

        What are your pros and cons?

      • A con is that it doesn’t have a specialization in Teen Services…and for some reason they are classifying me as an out of state student. I can probably get the later fixed. A big pro is that I’d be able to keep my current (public) library job and potentially get a second one in an academic library on campus.

      • Do the other two schools offer a Teen Services specialization? Is that a deal breaker for you?

        Your current public library job is a big plus, indeed, and your acceptance into library school could mean you get some additional experience/projects there. Academic library experience on campus could also boost your resume and enhance your library school experience.

        If you could get in-state tuition, that would be awesome! You’d get a cheaper education without settling for less.

        Congrats on being in this great position of having to decide where to go!

      • The other two do offer that specialization, but it’s not a deal breaker. If a position came up, I’m sure my experience in teaching teens would help me land the job and not the specialization.

  3. Congrats!! I agree with everyone else — go with the cheapest program! Your library school experience is what you make of it, and it really doesn’t matter where the degree came from as long as the school is accredited. :o)

  4. Congrats Evelyn!!! I agree with everyone else. Do what’s affordable. As far as trying to connect with other librarians– Maryland is a great location. I’m sure they have an active PLA chapter. Public Libraries are not my specialty, but I would say if you can attend a National Association Library conference once as a graduate student this can open doors for face-to-face networking. There is always the internet community. Keep up the great work. πŸ™‚

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