Q: I’m curious if a public library has/would ever hire someone with an M.Ed in library media studies (such as myself)–I would like to get out of the public school system and work with a different population. If not, would I have to go get an entirely different masters (MLS) or could I supplement my M.Ed to make myself more marketable?
TA: The answer to your question will depend on what the vacancy announcement for the position states in the required qualifications. If the position states a requirement of an ALA-accredited MLS, you will need the MLS. If the position states a preference for an MLS, but will also accept an alternative degree, your M.ED in library and media studies should be an acceptable alternative. If there is any doubt, you should inquire with the contact listed for the hiring agency. You may also want to look into the Certificate of Advanced Study, which is a certificate for someone already with a master’s degree looking to specialize in a particular area of library science. Many schools offer the certification in person or online, and it may expand your future employment opportunities.