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    Hi all - this is quite a specific question, so not sure if anyone will be able to help me, but thought I would give it a go. I've been toying with the idea of taking a postgrad qualification in library and information management, as I know this is required to become a qualified librarian etc. However, I (hopefully) will already have an English lit masters by the time I decide to take one of these courses, and I'd really like to avoid having to do another one, so I've been looking instead at the PgDip library courses that are are offered by some Universities.

    What I wanted to know was whether there was any difference between the Masters and the PgDip in terms of employment prospects, i.e. if I went for the PgDip, would this still qualify me as a librarian, or would some employers require the full Masters? I can't seem to find this information anywhere, but I know that the only reason I would take one of this postgrad library courses would be to get a vocational qualification, I wouldn't be interested in doing research so I don't think the Masters would benefit me. However, I'd need to know that the PgDip would put me on equal grounding from an employment perspective with someone else who had done the full Masters, if that makes sense. Could anyone offer any advice?

    Difficult and you will only know if you contact a Library. Scout where you may want to work and give the employment office a ring?

    I'd have a look at job ads at places that you could see yourself working and see what the employers are asking for - I suspect most will just say a professional qualification in LIM in which case an accredited CILIP pg diploma would be fine. At some places you can claim the diploma and then submit an MA/MSc dissertation a couple of years later which might be a way of keeping your options open.

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