Hello... I know that the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois is very competitive. I submitted my application yesterday and now I'm getting really nervous about being accepted.
Here are my "credentials":
-Bachelor of Arts in history from DePaul University in Chicago, IL
-3.390 GPA (Yeah, it's low)
-Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
-Worked for a year as a research assistant to a history professor, helped him research a new book - it will be out shortly and I am to be thanked for my contributions in the preface.
-I have been employed by a very large public library for the past four years... Received many promotions including one to the reference desk (highest position I can get with out an MLS)
-My reference letters were very good. One from my current manager, one from the assistant director of the library where I currently work, one from my favorite college professor (who cited one of my essays in her own research paper)...
I think my personal statement was good, not great... I wrote about my interest in historical research, higher education, digital humanities, digital history... etc, etc.
I want to get an MLS and a master's in history so I could work as a subject specialist in an academic library. I would also like to be involved in a digital history project (such as the one at UVA, for example).