Using your Ph.D. in an Academic Library

Todd Gilman follows up his Chronicle of Higher Education essay on becoming a librarian with an essay on making use of a Ph.D. in a library. I’ve been hearing grumblings from some MLS academic librarians who are both concerned for their jobs and the profession if it becomes more common for Ph.D.s to fill academic library positions. Mr. Gilman indicates that in the next column he will address the need for obtaining a MLS degree. That should make some folks happy, since one of the concerns is that library administrators will begin wholesale hiring of Ph.D.s, regardless of whether or not they have any library experience, much less a degree from an ALA accredited institution.