Careers in Librarianship

Visit our blog, Librarians at the Gate

Any or all of the librarians would be happy to discuss a career in librarianship with you.

About the profession: some places to begin exploring careers in the field of librarianship

Careers in Libraries - a bibliography of sources, online and in print, from the American Library Association (ALA).

Careers in Public Librarianship - from the Public Library Association.

Core Values Statement - a report on librarians' fundamental values with links to supporting documents (ALA).

Faces of a Profession - a seven-minute streaming video about academic librarianship from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); academic librarians discuss what they do and why they made their career choices. Also available as a downloadable zip file. Requires RealMedia Player

"How to Become a Librarian" by Rachel Singer Gordon, Library Journal - an article on what kinds of specializations are availble and how to approach choosing and getting the most out of a degree program.

Librarian by Day's "So You Want to Be a Librarian?" - a great collection of links and blog posts, covering the degree, the job search, skills, and general professional advice.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Librarians - from the US Department of Labor.

Special Libraries Association Career Articles and Resources - from an association for librarians working in research and industry organizations.

First person: stories about librarians and their careers

Library Routes Project - a wiki where librarians reflect on why they chose the position and where their career has taken them.

Movers and Shakers 2011 - Library Journal chooses librarians annually who are doing interesting things. This article profiles 50 high achievers.

Shovers and Makers - librarians posted their own profiles in this just-for-fun take off on the Movers and Shakers award. From the Library Society of the World.

and just for fun ...

"Should You Become a Librarian?" - a tongue-in-cheek flowchart that will test just how serious you are about this profession. 

About graduate education in librarianship

Directory of Institutions Offering Accredited Master's Programs in Library and Information Science - from the ALA.

Guidelines for Choosing a Master's Program in Library and Information Studies - from the ALA.

Where are the Institutions? Check the map.

View Larger Map

Related professions


So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archival Profession - from the Society of American Archivists.

Directory of Archival Education - from the Society of American Archivists.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians - from the US Department of Labor.

Book Publishing - a site about career possibilities in publishing from the Association of American Publishers.

About Publishing: Major/Department Guide - outlines jobs in publishing and matches them to undergraduate majors; from the Association of American Publisher's Bookjobs site.

Publishing Programs/Education - from the Association of American Publisher's Bookjobs site.