Library and Information Science Masters Degree

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I was reading this post from The Beat That My Heart Skipped and I couldn’t believe it. The woman interviewed in the post works in London and she has an MA in Librarianship. MA. Master of Arts.

WHAT?

This whole post confused me because, for the past two years, I’ve been studying to achieve my Master’s also. On May 19, 2013 I will have a Master’s of Library and Information Science with a focus in Archival Studies. Even my undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Information Studies. Science. It is common in the US to have a MLIS or MLS.

It’s odd to see that it is considered a MA and BA overseas. Perhaps the United States takes it more seriously?
<blockquote>”The MA at Brighton covers the more traditional aspects of librarianship (collection development, cataloguing and classification) alongside units which examine the changing role of the information professional in society, and issues relating to the social context of information in the digital age.” – Ruth Collingwood</blockquote>
This paragraph could technically cover some of what I studied at the <a href=”http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/?utm_source=ischool.uwm.edu&amp;utm_medium=shorturl&amp;utm_campign=ischool&#8221; target=”_blank”>University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee</a>. I never really looked into programs at other schools, but I know the University has to have ALA accreditation in order for the diploma to be legit.

The <a href=”http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/careers/malib&#8221; target=”_blank”>University of Sheffield has a MA of Librarianship</a> and <a href=”http://lucylibrarian.wordpress.com/2011/05/06/my-library-route/&#8221; target=”_blank”>this blog post</a> talks about MA Librarianship also. This is all so baffling because I’ve only heard about programs that are similar to the one I’m studying. Even on the <a href=”http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory&#8221; target=”_blank”>ALA website</a> it recognizes the Master of Arts programs.

Mind blown.
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