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Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Countries You May Like to Go with your American / Canadian MLIS - A literature survey

PS. What is required to work outside the United States / Canada for Library Science Graduates (aka Working Abroad by American / Canadian LIS), is a question, many ask. The answer to this is not clear to many, and professional bodies don't necessarily post this in their FAQs. As the literature survey, below, shows, there are green signals (wherein ALA accredition is recognized), yellow signals (ALA recognized, but...) and red signals (Stop: and ask the respective country's professional bodies).



Here is a thought for the day
"I do feel that the level of LIS education here in American is far superior to many other nations." Extract from the Librarian Alternatives Discussion Linkedin discussion: Michael H. Gelman, MLIS, MBA

"I know someone from a foreign (mideast) country who received an undergraduate degree in library science. Of course, she couldn’t get a professional job, so she went ahead and got the MLIS. Similar to someone with significant work experience in libraries prior to entering the masters program, she didn’t feel she learned anything new in the program. She’d already covered it all. Yet, she needed it. That points out two things… 1.) the MLIS is undergraduate-level work, and 2.) an undergraduate degree in library science is useless despite being essentially the same curriculum."
source: Library Journal's comment @ Library Science Majors as Unemployed as High School Dropouts November 14, 2011 By Annoyed Librarian

Literature Survey (here is a sample ask me for more):


  • 5 Things to Know When Taking a Librarian Job Abroad : 1. The Job Titles Aren’t the Same; 2. The Workplace Culture is Different; 3. Your Responsibilities May Differ; 4. Your Job is to Provide Training;  5. Contracts and Benefits May Be Flexible – or Surprisingly Inflexible. Details are at   Hack Library School


  •  Oh, the Places You'll Go (with your MLIS)! | Hack Library School

  • Places where no additional qualifications or knowledge are required: Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore
  • Places where you may need to learn a new language or jump through a few more hoops: Germany, Denmark, Finland, Belgium,



    • Immigrant Librarians in Britain
    • "Employment of Foreign Trained Librarians in the US and Canada: An Enquiry on Behalf of the LED Committee on Equivalencies and Reciprocity, in American Library Association Office for Library Education," (1970) [cited in Encyclopedia of library and information science, 1965. v. 57, p. 262]
    • "The evaluation of international credentials and the hiring of internationally trained librarians in Canadian academic and public libraries, Keren Dali and Juris Dilevkoa, The International Information & Library Review Volume 41, Issue 3, September 2009, Pages 146-162
    • Assessing the Transferability of Library and Information Science (LIS) Degrees Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), by Dana Goblaskas, Library Student Journal, February 2012 
    • "Lucky Seven" in Get Started!: Library and Information Studies Programs in Canada, Canadian Library Association Blog
    • ALA Abroad: A Perceived Elite, by Berry, John, Library Journal 8/1/1986, Vol. 111 Issue 13, p4 
    • Oh, the Places You'll Go (with your MLIS)! | Hack Library School
    • Exchange programs for Librarians@ International and Comparative Librarianship Blog
    • Factors in success or failure of foreign-trained librarians in Canada
    • Mister Taxman: Why Some Americans Working Abroad Are Ditching Their Citizenships, Time -- Tina Turner says she’s turning Swiss because she’s lived in Switzerland for years now. But there are tax benefits for giving up an American passport
    • We move to canada, by Laura Kaminker -- A Librarian's Blog
    • A Well-Kept Secret: How to Become an International School Librarian, by Laura Sanders
    • Researching Careers in Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FCIL) Librarianship, Or, It's a Wonderful Life! by Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Slaw: Canada’s online legal magazine
    • Factors in success or failure of foreign-trained librarians in Canada

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