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A master's degree in library science is required for librarian positions in most academic and public libraries. Preparation for the master's degree in library science can begin at the undergraduate level with the following certifications:

  • Undergraduate Minor/Certification, Library/Media Services
  • Academic Certificate, Youth Services in Libraries and Information Settings
  • School Library Certification

The certifications above may improve a student's chances of being accepted into a master's degree program in library science. At the graduate level, students may choose among the following popular degrees and certificates:

  • Master of Science, Information Sciences
  • Master of Library Science
  • Master of Science, Library or Information Science
  • Master of Science, Youth Librarianship
  • Master of Education, School Library and Information Technologies
  • Graduate Certification, Library/Media Services

Earn a degree program in Liberal Arts and Humanities in library science and prepare yourself to work in public, academic, and special libraries in a career that is expected to see favorable job opportunities in the future, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Typical Coursework in Library Science College Degrees

Graduate-level college degrees in library science offer the training you need to move into the field. A master's degree program in library and information science might include the following coursework:

  • Human Information Interaction
  • Resource Selection and Evaluation
  • Management of Information Agencies
  • Information Resources and Services

Careers for Library Science Graduates

The BLS reports that in 2008, about 59 percent of librarians were employed by public and private educational institutions and 27 percent were employed by local government. With experience, librarians may move on to management positions, working as department heads or chief information officers.

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