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1librarygeekadam
Dec 24, 2009, 3:16pm Top

I just finished my first semester of grad school for my MLIS. I graduated last spring with a BA in history and I am finding since I have been out of the history area, I am giong nuts. I was wondering if anyone could help me by perhaps suggesting career paths that involve both history and library science. I want to go to grad school for history when I am done with the MLIS, but I want to know if it is going to do me any good before I go. I would be willing to get my PhD in history as well...background in religious studies. I appreciate any help anyone can offer. Have a wonderful Christmas.

2Rivendell
Jan 3, 2010, 4:52pm Top

The librarian+history jobs in the UK are, I think, specialist librarians within higher education and local studies librarians (who often work alongside archivists) in for local authorities. I don't know if either exists in the US (where I guesss you are).

3deslni01
Jan 3, 2010, 5:32pm Top

I just recently graduated with a history B.A., and I work for Coca-Cola..go figure. I've really struggled to find anything even remotely related to my degree and interests. I've always planned on a Ph.D in history, although lately I've really been skeptical (and have been debating business or law school). From what I've been hearing from many, many sources, is the available positions in academia (which, really, is what most history Ph.Ds pursue) have been diminishing - the humanities are dying, and the career length of current professors are increasing.

The best advice I've been given on the subject (by an uncle, who is the head of the business department at one of the best schools in the U.S.) is to obviously find schools with an M.A. or Ph.D program of interest, and inquire about placement. Unless you already have a job lined up when you complete the program, a program's placement is really all you have. If a school has a poor placement record in the field, it may be in your best interest to keep looking.

That's really all the input I have - just like you, I'm in a very similar boat. I would love to pursue a career in history, but I personally have concerns about employment.

Have you thought about being a research librarian at a university or college, with your MLIS degree?

4deslni01
Jan 3, 2010, 5:32pm Top

I just recently graduated with a history B.A., and I work for Coca-Cola..go figure. I've really struggled to find anything even remotely related to my degree and interests. I've always planned on a Ph.D in history, although lately I've really been skeptical (and have been debating business or law school). From what I've been hearing from many, many sources, is the available positions in academia (which, really, is what most history Ph.Ds pursue) have been diminishing - the humanities are dying, and the career length of current professors are increasing.

The best advice I've been given on the subject (by an uncle, who is the head of the business department at one of the best schools in the U.S.) is to obviously find schools with an M.A. or Ph.D program of interest, and inquire about placement. Unless you already have a job lined up when you complete the program, a program's placement is really all you have. If a school has a poor placement record in the field, it may be in your best interest to keep looking.

That's really all the input I have - just like you, I'm in a very similar boat. I would love to pursue a career in history, but I personally have concerns about employment.

Have you thought about being a research librarian at a university or college, with your MLIS degree?

5Katya0133
Jan 4, 2010, 9:46am Top

I'll second (or third) the suggestion to do subject specialist work at a university library. You may also be able to use your degree at in a special library such as a state library. Does your MLS program have any advisers or resources that can help you narrow down your career options?

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