For many, the field of library and information science and the Master of Science in Library and Information Science continue to be misunderstood. In a time when the public still pictures graduates of MS-LIS programs to be solely bespectacled book jockeys, our graduates are working in new and fascinating roles, on cutting-edge projects. In this podcast, we’ll be speaking with interesting librarians and information science professionals and discovering the unexpected ways that one can use a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science is an outcome of the project “Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education.” This is a National Forum Planning Grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Focusing on the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education, this project represents an opportunity for “evaluating and implementing relevant curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical engagement within a global context.” The grant is being led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

During the grant-supported forum titled “Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It,” the participants recommended that we promote awareness of the “cool” careers one can pursue in this field in libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. The MS-LIS can lead graduates down a variety of exciting paths, paths that many would not have associated with the field of library and information science. We hope that you will enjoy these podcasts and find them informative and inspiring. You might think “I didn’t know that you could do that kind of work in the field of library and information science!”

Beyond the Stacks is hosted and edited by Derek Murphy, a graduate student at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. As a current MS-LIS student, Derek is fascinated by the innovative ways librarians are using their degree in their professional lives.

Beyond the Stacks’ theme music is an except from J.S Bach’s Suite No.3 in C major – 1. Prelude. Janos Starcker is the performing cellist. This public domain recording is available at Musopen, courtesy of the Internet Memory Foundation.

A podcast exploring interesting and unexpected career paths for librarians and information professionals.

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