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Careers in Librarianship: Sources for Exploration

Ask Us!

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

  • Julie Gilbert (x7552) MLIS, Dominican University, 2005 (on sabbatical 2020-2021)
  • Anna Hulseberg (x7566) MLIS,  University of Illinois, 1996
  • Jeff Jenson (x7572) MLIS, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2006
  • Dan Mollner (x7569) MS, University of Illinois, 1985
  • Michelle Twait (x7563) MS, University of Illinois, 1999

Even if some of us graduated many years ago, we can use our connections to help you learn about current programs at a variety of universities. Don't be shy! Ask us.

Gustavus Library Internships

Internships are a great way to learn more about a profession, gain some real-world experience, and find out if a career is right for you. If you are interested in academic librarianship or non-profit marketing, you may want to consider one of our Gustavus Library Internships.

First Person

Stories about librarians and their careers:

Movers and Shakers 2016 - Library Journal chooses librarians annually who are doing interesting things. This article profiles 50 high achievers.

Letters to a Young Librarian - a blog for people new to the profession

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

Let the Wild Rumpus Start - a blog by a children's librarian.

Storytime Underground - a site for sharing ideas among children's librarians and promoting social justice.

Recommended Reading

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What's Up? LISNews

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Career Advice

Library Career People - a Q&A advice blog

Open Cover Letters - an archive of successful cover letters for librarian positions

About the Profession

A Snapshot of a 21st Century LibrarianThe Atlantic 

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

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

How to Become a 21st Century Librarian by Meredith Schwartz, Library Journal - an article on what kinds of specializations are available and how to approach choosing and getting the most out of a degree program.

"So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian?"- article by Brian Kenney in Publishers  Weekly.

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.

"The Top 10 Reasons to be a Librarian" - article by Martha J. Spear about what a profession as a librarian has to offer.

"What Can I Do With an Information/Library Sciences Degree?" - gives an overview of different professions and specialties in librarianship.

Specialties Within LIbrarianship

Careers in Public Librarianship - from the Public Library Association.

"How to Become a School Librarian" - provides information on the education needed to become a school librarian, job descriptions, salaries, and where school librarians can work.

Learning about the Job: What does a school librarian do? - from American Association of School Librarians.

Learn How to Become a School Librarian - information about the responsibilities and certifications of school librarians.

Learn How to Become a School Librarian - information about the responsibilities and certifications of school librarians.

"So You Want to be a Corporate Librarian?" - information about the responsibilities of corporate librarians.

Medical Librarianship - explore a career in Health Sciences information.

Music Librarianship - information about what music librarians do and how to become a music librarian.

About Graduate Education

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.

Hack Library School (a blog for grad students - recommended reading!)

Library & Information Science Syllabi - sample some grad school course syllabi collected by librarian Amanda L. Goodman

Where are the programs?

View ALA-Accredited LIS Programs in a 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 skills required; from the Association of American Publisher's Bookjobs site.

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

Publishing Graduate Programs, 2015 - from Publishers Weekly; includes valuable gender and diversity information

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