You don’t have to have an MLS to be a librarian. The MLS doesn’t teach passion, empathy, user focused skills, or provide experience. Some library science schools don’t even teach you how to perform research well.
That from Library Stuff. It’s nice to read.
You all know I’m going for my MLS, but I’ve been working in the library for 5 years now. Mind you I haven’t been doing research – but all librarians are not research/reference librarians. I’ve looked through the courses I’m required to take and the courses I have the option of taking – and there are very few that will not be covering something I already know – and there are even fewer that I think will make a difference in the way I do my job. So, why get the MLS? Lifelong learning!!! And the hope that I’m wrong – and that the teachers will be molding their classes around their students (at least a bit) like Robin Neidorf (author of Teach Beyond Your Reach recommends).