Question: Why do you need a Master’s Degree to become a librarian, especially when the median salary is barely above $50,000?
Answer: I’m halfway through my master’s right now. Classes center around three topics.
- The philosophy of librarianship
- The business side and management aspects of running a library
- The nitty gritty of turning raw information into a searchable form and organizing it into something relatively intuitive for the layman.
Compared to most degree programs, it’s not difficult. But there is a lot more to it than people realize.
I’m willing to get the degree and spend the rest of my life making a five-figure salary because I’m passionate about reading, history, knowledge, democracy, sticking it to the man, helping people realize their full intellectual potential, and – yes – getting a pension and medical for life. I used to work for the most hated bank in America and I didn’t like myself or what I was doing to the poor people in my community. Now I like waking up on Mondays. Do you know how good it feels to talk Harry Potter with a seven-year-old? Or help a woman covered in bruises find legal aid to escape her abusive husband? It feels amazing. It’s worth it to me.