Librarians are in charge of classifying, cataloguing, maintaining, and circulating library materials and assisting people with finding those materials. They work in public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, law firms, government agencies, and healthcare facilities. Librarians catalogue and perform filtered searches for library materials using databases and information systems. Typical job responsibilities for librarians include:
- Cataloguing and organizing library materials
- Assisting library patrons locate the materials they need
- Overseeing staff of pages, library technicians, assistants, and other support staff
- Purchasing new technology as needed for library operations
The BLS forecasts slower-than-average job growth for librarians from 2010 to 2020. As the amount and availability of electronic information increases, job demand will be higher in research and special libraries. Those with a master's of library science may apply their research and analytical skills in the fields of market research or computer and information system management.Read More
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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
- 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.