Librarian at a Glance

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Best States for Librarian

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
New Hampshire 1,150 $51,620 $25
District of Columbia 1,100 $72,520 $35
Vermont 630 $45,260 $22

Becoming a Librarian

Librarians will typically need a master's degree in library science, but smaller libraries may consider candidates with just a bachelor's. Most schools accept any kind of undergraduate degree to enter a master's degree program in library science, but an online, hybrid, or on-campus bachelor's in library science may better prepare a student for a program at the graduate level. Many employers require or will favor candidates who have graduated from a master's program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA website provides a searchable database of ALA accredited master's degree programs across the country.

The University of Maine at Augusta offers an online bachelor's degree program in information and library services. The program is accredited, though not by the ALA, since it is not a master's level program. The program prepares students for entry-level and paraprofessional library jobs. Some typical classes found in library science degree programs include:

  • Foundations of Information and Library Science
  • Cataloging
  • Digital Library Technology
  • Library Management

Most states require certification or licensure for public school and public library librarians. Public school librarians may need teacher's certification. Check your state's licensing board for information specific to your state. Law, corporate, medical, and other special librarians may benefit from supplementing a library science degree with a master's or Ph.D in their specialized field.