It is unfortunately true that they probably would prefer to hire thje younger grad with no real understanding of what is what, rather than the older more experienced applicant, especially if the area chiefs are relatively younger and might be intiminated by the more experienced older applicant. But if there is the slightest hint that age is a factor, then they might be met with an age discrimination suit that will make their heads spin -- and roll. As for the degree, as has been shown here about the technical complexities of just the glass records question to a newbie, it probably be easier teach the employee what cataloging knowledge is needed than a MLS what technical smarts are needed. (remember, this is from a retired college professor.)
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
From: Dale Francis <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 2:03:13 PM GMT-4
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Audio preservation
because they have also done the school "dance" which the people hiring have also done and they want to make sure everyone else is been through that grinder ... that is the standard they seek to perpetuate! How else would Human Resources know to accept their credentials??
On May 19, 2010, at 12:41 PM, Roger Kulp wrote:
> I had always thought there ought to be a way to apply knowledge acquired as a collector to an archival job.Why is someone with six years of college, a library science degree,and questionable real world experience better than someone with thirty or forty years experience as an advanced collector, and started as a child, as most of us did,but have no such degree?