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Career Opportunities


Is a career in library and information management for me?
The American Library Association (ALA) provides an extensive set of resources for those interested in joining the profession. See “Me, a librarian?” and “Oh, the places you will go” for information about the work and career paths open to graduates of an ALA-accredited MLS program.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the nature of the work of librarians, together with information about employment, job opportunities, and salaries of different types of librarians.

What are librarians and information professionals able to do?
The American Library Association’s Core Competences of Librarianship identifies the basic knowledge to be possessed and demonstrated by graduates of ALA-accredited MLS programs.

Associations of specialized librarians and information professionals have also published competency statements, including the following:
What else can I do with an MLS degree?
For descriptions of 95 different types of work, including work in traditional libraries and other nontraditional settings, see A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information Science, edited by Priscilla K. Shontz and Richard A. Murray and published by Libraries unlimited in 2007. The book includes a chapter on the life of an assistant professor, written by former SLIM faculty member Dr. Lynne Cooper Chase.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information about careers related to librarianship.


Do I need a Masters of Library Science (MLS) degree?
To determine if the position you would like requires an MLS degree, see ALA's Career Website.

Why should I attend an MLS program accredited by the American Library Association?
Some positions require not only an MLS degree, but one accredited by the American Library Association. For more information about accredited programs, see “Assuring quality, innovation, and value in library and information studies education.”