Today I'm not going to provide you with a provocative opinion. I think I've run out of provocative opinions until I read that ALA news article on the "Librarian Act."
I want to point out an interesting article from a couple of years ago on the MLS and library job situation that a kind reader sent to me. It's "Shibboleth: a next-generation view of the MLS" by Rachel Holt. I wish I could link to the entire article, but I think the link will only take you to the full article if your library subscribes. The article puts in a succinct and researched way some of the arguments I've been making about LIS education and the library job situation, both about the incoherence of LIS education and its relative worthlessness for getting a library job.
To give you an idea of the article, here's the penultimate paragraph:
"As was said earlier, this bears repeating: everyone has to start somewhere. When there is no place to start, no standards or strong guidance, it is virtually impossible for a young graduate to become accepted as a professional. Yet, we are blamed for being unqualified. Somehow, the group that is ultimately forced to take responsibility for not providing opportunities for graduates is the graduates. It is a bewildering betrayal of trust, not to mention an egregious failure of stewardship. Who will replace the retiring generation if not this current generation of leaders that is not being nurtured? The answer that many people have to a question like this is to point the finger at us, the graduates, to say that we should have known better or that if we wanted to be librarians than we ought to know how to research these things. We say shibboleth, but are turned away. We obtain the MLS but soon learn that it is not enough. What is not required – indeed, what is not even formally communicated – is the thing that we really need."
Well put. Wish I'd read it before I started rambling on the topic a few weeks ago.