ANSWER: Librarianship (distance programs/volunteering in a public library)


Hello, the American Library Association has a searchable database of accredited programs here. You can limit your search to “100% online,” “Primarily online with some face-to-face courses required,” etc.. As far as volunteering goes, I believe that any way you can get a foot in, will give you an opportunity to learn about librarianship and how many different jobs there are within the field. If you feel you aren't particularly "tech savvy" taking some basic computer classes at your community college would be a great first step. Let us know if you have other questions, we have a number of Radical Referencians in California.

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QUESTION: Librarianship (distance programs/volunteering in a public library)

question / pregunta: 

I am interested in a career as a Reference librarian. Due to my financial situation, moving away for school or commuting seem both improbable, and I don't want to put my education on hold for too long...Which is why I am very interest in online/ distance programs. Which ones do you recommend?

Also, I was thinking about finally heading to my public library to volunteer. What should I look into as a volunteer?

Are there any specific courses I should take at the community college?
(I am not particularly comp tech savy)

(I received a B.A. i Chicano Studies (far from library science, right?)...I definitely would appreciate any additional help, recommendations)



Don't Travel to ALA without Your Travel Mug

From: Task Force on the Environment, American Library Association

To: All Librarians Attending the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Librarians Raise Their Cups for Planet Earth

The Task Force on the Environment of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (TFOE-SRRT) wants conference goers to bring their favorite traveling mugs and water bottles in support of efforts encouraging the American Library Association (ALA) to reduce its carbon footprint. TFOE will launch this event at the upcoming ALA 2008 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia from January 11-14, 2008. The title of this campaign is "Cup by Cup for a Greener ALA." The campaign will show that ALA members are ready to make lifestyle changes for sustainable conferences and to protect the health of the Earth.

Rad Ref at ALA Midwinter 2008

Thanks to Karen from Philadelphia, Radical Reference will meet during the ALA Midwinter conference at The A-Space on Saturday, January 12 from 6-8pm

ALA Midwinter: Diversity Discussion Group on White Privilege

The ALA Office for Diversity is sponsoring a discussion on white privilege among its events at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.

The discussion will be Saturday, January 12, 2008, 1:30-3:30pm Loews Hotel, Lescaze Room, 1200 Market Street

Rad Ref at ALA Annual 2007

Radical Reference will be meeting and socializing at the ALA Annual conference in Washington, DC on Saturday, June 23, 2007.

We plan to meet at 8:30pm at the Hawk 'n' Dove at 329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The Hawk 'n' Dove does not have much in the way of vegetarian or vegan food. So the vegans among us might have to get some takeout or eat a little earlier.

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