New Virginia State Librarian Will Receive MLS in August

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports: It may seem a little out of order.

But Sandra Treadway became Virginia's state librarian July 1 before she ever had a library degree. Treadway learned about library operations the old-fashioned way -- climbing the ladder to the top one rung at a time.

She'll pick up a master's degree in information and library sciences from the University of Tennessee in August. Her master's thesis, "State Libraries in the United States: Identifying and Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century," also gave her an opportunity to examine what will be required for state libraries to survive and prosper.

In recent years, state libraries in Florida, Washington and Minnesota came under severe threat of being eliminated. The Minnesota State Library closed but subsequently reopened. How's the health of your state library?


Aww. Better late than never!

because as librarians we have no stones, no spine. Why the hell is a state librarian not required to have an MLS, for that matter why is the Librarian of Congress not required to have an MLS.

Either the MLS is a requirement to be a librarian or it is not. I guess since no one complained it is OK.

You won't find a Surgeon General that is not a physician or a Chief Justice that is not an attorney, but librarians - who knew you had to have a Masters degree to be a librarian?

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