What Can You Do With a Library Science Degree?
What Is a Library Science Degree?
Are Libraries Dying?
- Place an emphasis on connectivity, combating the digital divide. For example, the Port Washington Public Library in New York offers WiFi internet connection from its parking lot.
- Solve practical needs. In Hackensack, New Jersey, the Johnson Public Library provides one-on-one computer literacy classes.
- Prioritize accessibility. As part of its Vision Impaired Technology Assistance at the Library (VITAL) program, Brooks Free Library in Massachusetts offers assistive technology to individuals with vision loss. They also provide one-on-one training in the use of this technology.
- Address unexpected needs in times of crisis. Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore curates an online resource guide about the COVID-19 vaccine so that patrons can make informed decisions.
Why Earn a Library Science Degree?
Skills Gained with a Library Science Degree
- Project management
- Instructional design
- Community advocacy
- Cultural competency
- Research methods
- Data research, collection and analysis
- Digital systems management
- Preservation of artifacts
- Web development
- Communication skills: Explain information clearly in service to people, communities and organizations.
- Initiative: Stay current with changing information and technology to know the latest tools available for gathering and distributing data and research.
- Interpersonal skills: Work well with others, including the public, ensuring equity and justice for library patrons.
- Organizational skills: Conduct research efficiently and manage resources logically to facilitate needs of individuals, communities and organizations.
- Problem-solving skills: Identify problems, research solutions and draw conclusions to help people, especially those in underserved communities.
- Reading skills: Know the latest literature to be able to address questions and provide direction to individuals and the communities that they serve.
Library Science Careers
- Library director
- Research specialist
- School librarian
- Reference librarian
- Law librarian
- Medical librarian
- Marketing and communications specialist
- Communications outreach coordinator
- Director of technical services
- Curriculum developer
- Documentation specialist
- Content production manager
- Archivist/digital collections librarian
- Cartographic metadata librarian
- Museum collections manager
- Preservation specialist
- Records manager
- Digital assets manager
- Insurance forms research librarian
- Acquisitions and copyright manager
- Technology consultant
- Data officer
- Database administrator
- Systems analyst/administrator
- Government research analyst
- Multimedia director
- Market researcher
- Web developer
- User Experience (UX) researcher