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Area

Employer

Area:

Academic Libraries

Sub-Area:
  • Service to Faculty and Students
  • Reference
  • Circulation
  • Technical Services
    • Acquisitions
    • Cataloging
    • System Automation
    • Indexing/Abstracting
    • Archives
  • Serials Management
  • Manuscripts
  • Access/Outreach
  • Music
  • Metadata
  • Web Design/Maintenance
  • Digital Files
  • Digital/Paper Preservation
  • Government Documents
  • Special Collections
  • Media Services
  • Teaching
  • Administration/Management
  • Research Support
  • Cartographic Information Specialist
  • Publishing
  • Bibliographic Support
  • Local Area Network Manager
  • Electronic Services
  • Prospect Research
  • Collection Development
  • Instructional Technology
  • Audiovisual Materials
  • Information Literacy
Employers:
  • Universities and colleges
  • Junior and community colleges
  • Specialized academic programs e.g., seminaries, optometrist programs

Area:

School Libraries and Media Centers

Sub-Area:
  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Technical Services
  • Administrator (school system level)
Employers:
  • K-12 schools
    • Public and private
  • Public school districts

Area:

Public Libraries

Sub-Area:
  • User/Reader Services
    • Reference
    • Information and Referral Services
    • Youth Services
    • Children
    • Young Adults
    • Special Collections
  • Technical Services
    • Acquisitions
    • Serials Management
    • Collection Development
    • Cataloging
    • System Automation
    • Archives management
  • Web Development/Maintenance
  • Special Collections
  • Administration
  • Genealogical Research
Employers:
  • Central libraries
  • Library branches
  • Library services to jails, retirement homes, nursing homes, hospitals, senior centers, etc.

Area:

Special Libraries and Information Centers

Sub-Area:
  • Indexing/Abstracting
  • Competitor Intelligence
  • Strategic Information
  • Knowledge Management
  • Records Management/Archives
  • Information Architecture
  • Document Design
  • Information Management
  • Usability
  • Digital Preservation
  • E-mail Management
  • Hypermedia
  • Visual Resources
  • Reprography
  • Grey Literature
  • Antiquarian Books
Employers:
  • Large hospitals
  • Medical schools
  • Law firms
  • Law schools
  • Bar associations
  • Large corporations
  • Industrial and scientific collections
  • Research labs
  • Local, state and federal government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public libraries
  • Colleges and universities
  • Art schools
  • Museums and art institutions
  • Prisons
  • Galleries
  • Historical societies
  • Publishing houses
  • Advertising and public relations agencies
  • News organizations and electronic media
  • Picture services
  • Motion picture studios
  • Television stations
  • Trade and professional associations

Area:

Information Services

Sub-Area:
  • Research
  • Indexing/Abstracting
  • Online Retrieval
  • Information Architecture
  • Programming
  • Database Management
Employers:
  • Information service agencies
  • Outsourcing companies
  • Research centers
  • Large corporations
  • Self-employed
    • Consulting
    • Freelance editing
    • Research

Area:

Information Systems/Technology

Sub-Area:
  • Design/Development
  • Management/Operation
  • Database Administration
  • Computer Support
  • Network Administration
  • Programming
  • Systems Analysis
  • Web Development/Maintenance
  • Training
  • Reprography
  • Information Architecture
  • Digital Preservation
  • Privacy Regulation
Employers:
  • Libraries
    • Public, academic and special
  • Data processing centers
  • Corporations
  • Research centers
  • Government
  • Universities

Area:

Electronic Publishing

Sub-Area:
Employers:
  • Database producers
  • Distributors of electronic publications, e.g. business firms, universities, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, etc.
  • Electronic publishers
  • Self-employed

General Information and Strategies

  • Qualifications important to the field include the ability to work well with people, good written and oral communication skills, intelligence and curiosity, research and computer skills, an eye for detail and a general love of learning are also essential.
  • Understanding trends in media, computers/technology, Internet, and publishing is important to success in the profession.
  • Virtually any undergraduate degree can offer good preparation for ALA accredited graduate programs.
  • Maintain a high grade point average in undergraduate work and work on gaining strong recommendations from faculty.
  • Work in campus or community libraries part-time or during the summers to gain exposure to the library environment.
  • Supplement undergraduate curriculum with courses in communications, media, business or technology. Some areas of information or library sciences may require bachelor's or master's degrees related to the job environment.
  • Choose master's degree programs in library or information science that are accredited by the American Library Association to maximize employment opportunities.
  • Currently, most library science professionals work in school, public, and academic libraries, but employment opportunities are growing most for information specialists in settings such as corporations, consulting firms and information brokers and in environments involving Internet-based information.
  • A doctorate, either Ph.D. DLS, or DA may be required for research and university teaching in library and information science programs or to reach the highest levels of library administration.