Realizable value of the MLIS: insights from a new professional

Philip Bradley White (Earth Sciences and Environment Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 14 November 2016



This paper aims to discuss the value of the Master of Library and Information Science degree from the perspective of a recent graduate and practicing academic librarian.


The paper is a viewpoint supported by current literature and practical experience.


The author presents ideas for integrating theory into skills-based education and advocates for greater emphasis on technical skill development in Library and Information Science (LIS) education.

Practical implications

LIS educators may benefit from a recent graduate’s evaluation of LIS education because it relates to hireability and job performance.


The paper represents the author’s points of view.



White, P. (2016), "Realizable value of the MLIS: insights from a new professional", The Bottom Line, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 142-150.

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