Don’t pay too much!
I know a couple of librarians who paid to go to private institutions or otherwise very expensive schools to get their MLIS. I would advise you not to do this. The MLIS that you receive is pretty much the same no matter where you go and the big difference is the debt you have when you’re done. You probably won’t get paid more if you go to a prestigious school and the starting salaries for librarians are pretty sad. However, you might come out feeling well trained or that you got a good education, but most librarians I talk to and many of the ones that paid for those expensive schools said that they learned more in their first week on the job then their entire academic career. I would suggest (as sad as it is) to select your library program on price. P.C. Sweeney, Advice for Choosing a MLIS Program (via thepinakes)
A debate on Archives and Archival Education
You Ought to be Ashamed is a blog dedicated to archival students and the market we will be dealing with. They just came out with a series of posts on the value of an MLIS.
I suggest the whole blog, though it is a little depressing.
This isn’t going to be what I do, but it’s still one of the many reasons what I’m getting into is important.
I really love Henry Rollins.