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Wed, Jun. 5th, 2013, 01:09 am
hangtightbuddy: boys and library school

Hi Ladies,

I feel silly posting this but I have a male friend who claims that because there are so few guys in mlis programs, he would have an easier time getting in than me because they would want a more diverse class. I so want to burst his bubble so please tell me he is completely off the mark.
I know it's not true but a small bit of me keeps on nagging me that there might be some truth to what he is saying.

Wed, Jun. 5th, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)

I'm wondering where he got his numbers. The numbers seemed fairly even when I was in library school with only the school library specialty skewing to women.

Diversity at the Masters level is rarely an issue since the most of them tend to be a cash cows for the department and the school anyway.

Wed, Jun. 5th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)

There definitely were more girls than guys in my program but it wasn't a huge difference.

Wed, Jun. 5th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)

Like someone else said, I doubt diversity is an actual issue at that level. They'll take pretty much anyone with decent grades, because everyone's money is good. He's no more likely to get in than you--and you're both likely to get in, assuming you can both pay for the program.

Edited at 2013-06-05 01:52 pm (UTC)

Wed, Jun. 5th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)

Definitely fewer men in library schools. However, library schools aren't really all that terribly competitive so I don't see why either of you would have a problem getting in.

Wed, Jun. 5th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)

I went to a very competitive library school and there were only a handful of guys - I don't think they had any advantage in getting in. I have, however, felt like the guys have had an upper hand in the job market at times.

Wed, Jun. 5th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)

Haha, thanks ladies. Definitely makes me feel better.

Thu, Jun. 6th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)

I never noticed a gender skew during my program and even the department was about even with male and female professors.

Fri, Jun. 7th, 2013 03:04 am (UTC)

There are way more women then men in my program (students and faculty) and also at my job. I work in a public library now but I've worked in a local middle school and local college libraries before and the same was true. That said, my school is practically desperate for students and as long as you are alive and have money, they don't care what gender you are. I agree with the observation that men tend to advance more quickly at work, but not to a huge degree.

Fri, Jun. 7th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)

That won't make a difference. My program had more women than men, except in the knowledge management stream where numbers were a bit more even. I really did not get the vibe that my school was edging out qualified female applicants for the sake of gender diversity.