1. Will my ALA accredited degree be good enough?
2. Okay, so I can legally work over there. Will my education stack up?
3. Well that is reassuring! Anything else I should know?
4. I am prepared to work hard! Are there any more hurdles I may need to overcome, educationally?
I'm glad you asked! One key piece of information is that the CILIP accredited programs are more like the programs found in North American iSchools. This means that many of your competitors (and possible future co-workers!) will have degrees like a MSc in Information Science, MSc in Information and Library Studies, or even an MSc in Digital Library Management.
If you feel intimidated - don't! As we've learned, your degree is certainly transferable. It is nevertheless a good idea to look at a few program requirements for CILIP accredited degrees; that way you can know what you are up against, and maybe get a few ideas for areas of specialization.
5. I'm still a bit nervous - what can I do to help find direction and develop a plan for my own education?
6. In the last point, you mentioned that some people feel there is a lack of practical knowledge included in the curriculum. Can you elaborate on that?
7. Cool! I am feeling pretty informed about the education side of things now. Can you tell me a little bit about what is going on in UK libraries?
8. That sounds great! I love promoting information literacy, especially after learning about the ACRL Framework for Literacy!
9. I can definitely take a look at those. So, let's get down to business: what kinds of libraries are there in the UK? What kinds of positions might be available to an Information Professional?
10. Wow, I am so informed now! Well, have a good day, I'll see you later!
11. In case you are still here, feel free to check out these sources!
Eshleman, Joe, and Slutzky, Howard. “The Association of College and Research Framework for Information Literacy: Connecting to Mindfulness.” The Mindful Librarian: Connecting the Practice of Mindfulness to Librarianship, edited by Moniz, Richard, et al., Chandos Publishing: 2016, pp. 77-110.
Goblaskas, Dana. “Assessing the Transferability of Library and Information Science (LIS) Degrees Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).” Library Student Journal, 2012, p. 5.
Hyams, Elspeth. “What to Study?” CILIP Update, Feb. 2013, pp. 23-25.
Lee, Deborah, et al. “Learning cataloguing as part of an LIS course: the City University London experience.” Catalogue and Index: Periodical of the CILIP Cataloging and Indexing Group, iss. 175, June 2014, pp. 2-8.
MacKinlay, Rob. “Future skills, future professionals.” CILIP Update, Feb. 2014, pp. 24-29.