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The Capital Times (Madison, WI) has an article on the Madison Public Library, who recently hired two youth librarians who didn't have master's of library science (MLS) degrees. Veteran librarians were puzzled, since this hasn't happened in over 16 years, and since they all have MLS degrees.
The veteran librarians are puzzled because Madison has no shortage of people with MLS degrees. Many graduates of the UW's School of Library and Information Sciences work clerical jobs in the system in hopes that they'll get hired as librarians. Large cities like Milwaukee and Chicago simply require the MLS of all applicants, Knapp says.