Shibboleth: a next‐generation view of the MLS

Rachel E. Holt (Mary Kay Inc, Addison, Texas, USA)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 1 December 2005



Shibboleth will examine the state of MLS (master of library science) education in the United States of America from the point of view of a recent MLS graduate. It will break out three particular problems with the MLS and propose solutions based on reviews of the literature and original analysis.


The author conducts a brief review of the literature on librarian education and provides analysis based on these readings and original research.


The author finds the state of the MLS education to be wanting in its preparation of graduates who are expected to be leaders of change in the library and information science profession.


The debate over librarian education has been framed almost exclusively by LIS educators and the professional leadership. Shibboleth presents a new voice, that of the recent MLS graduate, into the dialogue. The MLS education has not yet been thoroughly examined from the point of view of its most recent recipients. The author seeks to fill this void and encourage more of her peers to engage their colleagues in shaping the future of the curriculum.



Holt, R. (2005), "Shibboleth: a next‐generation view of the MLS", Library Review, Vol. 54 No. 9, pp. 519-523.

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