2019 Accredited Online Library Science Degrees

Quick Facts
Accreditation: ALA
Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $24,075
Avg Salary: $57,517

There are 237 library science degrees offered online. These programs are available at all levels, but most librarian positions require a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree. Prospective students can browse our comprehensive list or best online master's programs list, which ranks schools based on tuition rates and alumni salaries provided by PayScale.

Depending on the area of specialty and desired career path, prospective students are encouraged to choose degree programs that are accredited, which ensures that their program meets high academic standards and is respected within the field. Continue reading for more information on available degree levels, online ALA accredited master's programs, the licensing and certification process, and careers in the field.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Library Science Degrees ( 80)

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Appalachian State University SACS COC $22,109 100% (4 reviews)
47 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library Science
Auburn University SACS COC $29,640 100% (2 reviews)
129 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Ed.S. in Library Media
  • M.Ed. in Library Media
Central Washington University NWCCU $22,010 100% (1 review)
45 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Endorsement in Library Media
Clarion University MSCHE $15,636 100% (3 reviews)
68 Programs, 6 in Library Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies - Library and Information Studies
  • Master of Science in Library Science
  • Master of Science in Library Science - Reference and User Services
  • Master of Science in Library Science - Local and Archival Studies
Dominican University HLC $32,530 Add Review
45 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library and Information Science
Drexel University MSCHE $52,002 60% (5 reviews)
320 Programs, 4 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science - Digital Technology Services
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science - Information and Data Services
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Systems - User and Community Services
East Carolina University SACS COC $23,420 100% (4 reviews)
120 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library Science
Eastern Kentucky University SACS COC $18,250 33% (3 reviews)
102 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certification Preparation in School Media Librarian
  • Master of Arts in Education School Media Librarian (P-12)
Emporia State University HLC $19,918 Add Review
65 Programs, 10 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate in Archives Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management - Informatics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Management - Information Systems
Florida State University SACS COC $18,786 100% (3 reviews)
55 Programs, 4 in Library Science (view all)
  • Information Architecture Graduate Certificate
  • MS in Information - General Information Studies
  • MS in Library and Information Studies
  • Reference Services Graduate Certificate
Georgia College & State University SACS COC $28,060 Add Review
23 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Education in Library Media
Georgia Southern University SACS COC $17,142 Add Review
70 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • School Library Media Certificate
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 52% (414 reviews)
220 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • MED in Curriculum & Instruction - Technology (No IR, No Cert.)
IUPUI HLC $29,806 100% (1 review)
79 Programs, 8 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science - Academic Librarianship
  • Master of Library and Information Science - Digital Curation
Jacksonville State University SACS COC $15,582 100% (1 review)
61 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Educational Specialist - Library Media (P-12)
  • Master of Science in Education - Library Media
Kent State University at Kent HLC $18,544 100% (1 review)
111 Programs, 5 in Library Science (view all)
  • Dual Degree M.B.A./Library and Information Science
  • Dual degree Master of Education / Master of Library and Information Science for K-12 School Library Media Licensure
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science - School Library Media
Lindenwood University HLC $16,960 Add Review
76 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • MA in Education - Integrated School Library Media and Technology
Marshall University HLC $17,856 Add Review
41 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in School Library Media Specialist
  • Master of Arts in Education - School Library Media Specialist
McNeese State University SACS COC $15,958 100% (1 review)
26 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Post Bachelor Certificate - School Librarian
Middle Tennessee State University SACS COC $26,348 100% (1 review)
33 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library Science
Minnesota State University at Mankato HLC $16,216 Add Review
47 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Licensure Preparation in Library Media Education (K-12)
  • Master of Science in School Library and Information Studies
Montana State University NWCCU $24,071 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in School Library Media
Murray State University SACS COC $23,820 Add Review
66 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Library Media
  • Master of Arts in Education in Library Media for Certification in Library Media
  • Master of Arts in Education in Library Media for Initial Certification
New England College NECHE $36,954 38% (8 reviews)
89 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Education in Digital and Media Literacy
North Carolina Central University SACS COC $19,106 Add Review
36 Programs, 9 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library Science
  • Master of Library Science - Academic Librarian
  • Master of Library Science - Archives and Records Manager
  • Master of Library Science - Digital Librarian
Northeastern State University HLC $14,022 100% (1 review)
25 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate in School Library Media Specialist
  • M.S. in Library Media & Information Technology
Northern Illinois University HLC $23,816 Add Review
38 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Science in Education - Instructional Technology - Library Information Specialist
Northern Kentucky University SACS COC $19,104 50% (4 reviews)
48 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Library Informatics
Northwestern State University of Louisiana SACS COC $18,710 100% (2 reviews)
116 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - School Librarian
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in School Librarian
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus HLC $23,776 Add Review
67 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in School Library Media
Old Dominion University SACS COC $27,900 80% (10 reviews)
153 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library and Information Studies
  • Master of Library and Information Studies - School Librarianship
Rutgers University MSCHE $30,579 67% (3 reviews)
82 Programs, 4 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Information
  • Master of Information - Archives and Preservation
  • Master of Information - Library and Information Science
  • Master of Information - LIS: School Library Media
Saint Cloud State University HLC $16,462 Add Review
26 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Media - Library Media Specialist
  • MS in Information Media
  • MS in Information Media - Library Media
Sam Houston State University SACS COC $18,022 100% (2 reviews)
65 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Youth Services Libraries
  • Master of Library Science
  • Professional Certificate in School Librarian
San Jose State University WASC WSCUC $19,601 100% (1 review)
17 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Library and Information Science
  • Teacher Librarian Program
Southern Arkansas University HLC $12,156 100% (2 reviews)
41 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Library Media and Information Specialist
Southern Utah University NWCCU $20,288 100% (1 review)
50 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Endorsement in School Library Media
St. John's University MSCHE $40,520 Add Review
32 Programs, 8 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Legal Information Professional
Syracuse University MSCHE $46,755 100% (1 review)
45 Programs, 5 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media
  • MS in Library and Information Science
  • MSLIS
Texas A & M University-Commerce SACS COC $20,884 86% (7 reviews)
50 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology - Library Science
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology - Library Science
Texas Tech University SACS COC $18,652 0% (2 reviews)
117 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Book History and Digital Humanities
Texas Woman's University SACS COC $17,446 100% (2 reviews)
55 Programs, 6 in Library Science (view all)
  • Dual Master of Library Science and Master of Science in Health Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship
  • Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship
  • Master of Arts in Library Science
Trevecca Nazarene University SACS COC $25,100 Add Review
33 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library and Information Science
Union University SACS COC $31,510 Add Review
52 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Art in Education - Library Information Specialist Certification
University at Buffalo MSCHE $27,068 100% (1 review)
26 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Advanced Certificate in Library and Information Science
  • MS in Information and Library Science
  • MS in School Librarianship
University of Alabama SACS COC $28,100 67% (3 reviews)
78 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • MLIS
University of Arizona HLC $11,800 100% (2 reviews)
166 Programs, 11 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Legal Information and Scholarly Communication
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Science
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Science - Academic Librarianship
University of Central Missouri HLC $14,150 100% (2 reviews)
74 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Science in Library Science and Information Services
University of Colorado Denver HLC $25,259 100% (2 reviews)
104 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate in Highly Effective School Libraries
  • Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies - Library
  • Teacher Librarian Endorsement
University of Houston-Clear Lake SACS COC $19,270 Add Review
29 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Science in School Library and Information Science
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign HLC $31,194 Add Review
129 Programs, 9 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Information Science - Digital Libraries
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science - Archival and Special Collections
University of Kentucky SACS COC $28,046 100% (4 reviews)
79 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Science in Library Science
University of Louisiana-Monroe SACS COC $20,570 100% (2 reviews)
65 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in School Librarian
University of Maine NECHE $30,282 Add Review
48 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation
University of Maryland - College Park MSCHE $33,606 50% (4 reviews)
48 Programs, 5 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library & Information Science
  • Master of Library & Information Science in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Master of Library & Information Science in Individualized Program Plan
  • Master of Library & Information Science in School Library
University of Memphis SACS COC $21,029 50% (2 reviews)
97 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in School Library Information Specialist
  • Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership - School Library Information Specialist
University of Missouri HLC $26,506 Add Review
123 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certification Preparation for Library Media Specialist
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science - Library Media Specialist
The University of Montana NWCCU $24,943 Add Review
27 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • K-12 Teacher Librarian Endorsement
University of Nebraska at Kearney HLC $13,194 0% (1 review)
147 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Endorsement in School Librarian PK-12
  • Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction: School Librarian
  • Master of Science in Education - Instructional Technology: School Librarian
University of Nebraska at Omaha HLC $20,320 Add Review
77 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies in Library Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Education - Library Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Library Science
University of North Carolina at Greensboro SACS COC $22,409 100% (2 reviews)
52 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library and Information Studies
University of North Texas SACS COC $20,504 60% (5 reviews)
61 Programs, 5 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management in Libraries and Information Agencies
  • Graduate Academic Certificate in Digital Content Management
  • Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services in Libraries and Information Settings
  • Master of Science in Library Sciences
University of Northern Iowa HLC $19,241 Add Review
32 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • MA in School Library Studies
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus MSCHE $30,642 50% (2 reviews)
29 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library and Information Science
University of South Alabama SACS COC $15,324 67% (3 reviews)
102 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • M.Ed. in Educational Media - Library Media
University of South Carolina-Columbia SACS COC $31,962 Add Review
51 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate of Graduate Study in Library and Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Specialist in Library and Information Science
University of South Florida - Main Campus SACS COC $17,324 80% (5 reviews)
140 Programs, 4 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Library Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in School Library Media Specialist
  • M.A. in Library and Information Science
  • Post Master's Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Science
University of Southern California WASC WSCUC $54,259 67% (12 reviews)
115 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Management in Library and Information Science
University of Southern Mississippi SACS COC $10,218 0% (1 review)
63 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science (Licensure)
University of Washington - Seattle NWCCU $35,538 100% (3 reviews)
85 Programs, 1 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Library & Information Science
University of West Alabama SACS COC $16,818 100% (3 reviews)
86 Programs, 4 in Library Science (view all)
  • Education Specialist in Library Media (With Certification)
  • Education Specialist in Library Media (Without Certification)
  • Master of Education in Library Media (With Certification)
  • Master of Science in Adult Continuing Education - Library Media (Without Certification)
University of Wisconsin - Madison HLC $34,783 0% (1 review)
42 Programs, 5 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Science - Information Organization
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies - Data/Information Management & Analytics
  • Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies - Information Technology and User Design
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee HLC $20,844 0% (1 review)
115 Programs, 23 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries
  • Certification in School Library Media Specialist
  • Certification in School Library Media Specialist (With Licensure)
  • Combined MLIS/Certification in School Library Media Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater HLC $16,235 Add Review
41 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate in Library Media
  • Master of Science in Education - Professional Development, with an emphasis in Information, Technology and Libraries
Valdosta State University SACS COC $17,196 100% (7 reviews)
68 Programs, 4 in Library Science (view all)
  • Certificate in School Library Media
  • Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology - P-12 Technology Applications with Certificate in Library Media
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology - School Library Media
  • Master of Library and Information Science
Valley City State University HLC $16,579 Add Review
39 Programs, 2 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Technologies
  • M.Ed. in Library and Information Technologies
Wayne State University HLC $27,203 50% (4 reviews)
45 Programs, 5 in Library Science (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults
  • Master of Library and Information Science
  • Master of Library and Information Science - Archives and Digital Content Management
  • Master of Library and Information Science - Information Management
Western Kentucky University SACS COC $25,512 0% (1 review)
147 Programs, 3 in Library Science (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leadership - Middle Grades Education - Library Media Education
  • Master of Arts in Education in Teacher Leadership - Secondary Education - Library Media Education
  • Master of Science in Libraries, Informatics and Technology in Education

Online Library Science Degree Overview & Career Information

Most professional librarians must obtain a master's degree in library science. Students pursuing this degree path should be aware that not all online master’s degrees in library science are accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), and that attending a program not accredited by the ALA could severely limit employment options after graduation.

While graduates can seek positions in a library without a master's degree, these positions are typically support staff roles such as technicians and library assistants. There are currently no agencies that programmatically accredit associate or undergraduate programs in information and library studies.

That said, students can opt to earn a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree in library science, and many institutions that offer ALA-accredited master’s degree programs also offer undergraduate minors and majors in library studies. In many cases, students are not required to obtain an undergraduate online library science degree in order to pursue a master’s degree. Library science students pursuing an online degree can expect to take classes such as Curriculum Resources, Information Tools by Computer, Information Ethics, and Academic Libraries, among others.

Students who wish to advance their careers by continuing their studies beyond the Master’s level might consider enrolling in a doctoral program or completing a graduate certificate in one of a number of specialties such as Archival Administration, Information Management, Public Librarianship, and more.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Library Science

Students seeking to earn an online bachelor’s degree in library science might consider online programs in general or liberal studies with a concentration in library science. Depending on the educational institution, library informatics programs may also be offered online or through a blended distance learning format.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that graduates who earn a bachelor’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution will have an advantage in terms of employment options. Librarians seeking positions in school libraries will oftentimes need a state teaching license in addition to an online bachelor’s degree in library science.

Graduates of accredited online bachelor’s degree programs in library science will develop research skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills that are valuable to a variety of industries and employers. People with a bachelor’s degree in library science might find work as bibliographers, information service assistants, online content editors, archivists, library paraprofessionals, or online researchers. While the BLS predicts a slow growth rate for librarian positions from 2012 to 2022, the best career opportunities will be in nonprofit organizations, private corporations, consulting firms, and other non-traditional settings.

Keep in mind that the majority of careers in public and academic librarianship require advanced degrees. Therefore, many institutions that offer online bachelor’s degrees in library science also provide opportunities for online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs, allowing students to further their studies at the same institution.

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Online Master's in Library Science

There are currently more than 60 ALA-accredited schools in the country, many of which offer online master’s degrees in library science. Several hybrid programs also exist, mixing online and on-campus courses. While requirements for program admittance vary, applicants seeking an online master’s degree in library science must typically have earned a bachelor’s degree in any major and successfully passed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To learn more about online master's programs in library science, see our master's overview which includes a list of the best programs.

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Online Doctoral Degrees in Library Science

Online doctorate programs can prepare students to become librarians in government offices, corporations, or educational institutions. Certification requirements for school or community librarians apply in most states. Students considering doctoral programs should note that most will include a residence requirement.

Students do not necessarily need to have a master’s degree in order to gain admittance into an online doctoral degree in library science, and graduate or undergraduate work does not have to be in library science. However, applicants are required to take a qualifying exam to establish candidacy for a doctoral program, and students who enter a doctoral program without a master’s degree may be required to complete additional graduate-level coursework in order to satisfy doctoral program requirements.

Students earning an online doctoral degree in library science develop leadership, communication, research, and critical-thinking skills. Most programs offer interdisciplinary instruction and are open to applicants from all academic backgrounds. Possible courses of study include Advanced Research Methods, Theories in Library Information Science, Teaching Library Information Science, Information and the Public, and Regulations and Information Science. After students successfully complete all course requirements, they are entitled to sit for a final exam before they start a dissertation. Each student must research and defend a thesis in front of a panel of faculty members in order to receive an online doctoral degree in library science. Students who earn a doctorate in library science can work in private or government sectors as published scholars, university chairpersons, researchers, corporate librarians, and library science professors.

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Online Certificates in Library Science

Undergraduate Certificates in Library Science

Online certificate programs in library science offer students the necessary training required to manage and organize library information and resources. Exposure to cataloguing systems and technologies used by libraries are part of the required coursework, and skills gained can be applied in the future should the student seek an online bachelor's or master’s degree in library science. Certificate programs typically last one year and require students to have earned a high school diploma or GED prior to admission.

The popular online library technician certificate allows students to become acquainted with the tools and technologies libraries use to manage, retrieve, and organize information sources. Classes teach fundamental skills in cataloging and classifying electronic records, periodicals, and books. Courses may include: Internet Fundamentals for Librarians, Electronic Databases, Cataloging and Classification, Collection Development, and Information Resources.

Graduate Certificates in Library Science

Several schools offer online certificates specializing in other areas of library science such as school media, youth services, archive management, reference services, or academic, art, health, law, or music librarianship. Such certificates are sometimes referred to as Post Master's certificates, as they require a master’s degree for admission and are designed for working librarians seeking to advance their skills in areas such as digital or public librarianship. Depending on course outcomes, some programs may culminate in an oral examination or final project.

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Accreditation for Online Library Science Degrees

The American Library Association (ALA) is the largest and oldest library association in the world. An American Library Association (ALA) accreditation specifically allows potential library workers greater flexibility when it comes to searching for jobs or advancing in the career field. Students attending an ALA-accredited degree program can feel confident that the program has been assessed for educational quality based on peer, external, and nongovernmental evaluations.

While students can earn a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, they can also seek a master’s degree with a school librarianship specialty from an American Association of School Librarians (AASL)-recognized program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The AASL does not review online library science degree programs that are not affiliated with a unit accredited by the CAEP.

Since the CAEP dictates that any institution that prepares K-12 teachers for positions in public schools must be evaluated by professional bodies, the ALA joined CAEP to give the ALA the opportunity to evaluate programs for school librarians and to identify specific entry-level competencies for school librarians. The two organizations work together to promote educational opportunities for anyone seeking a career as a school librarian.

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Licensing and Certification Process

Each state has different requirements that students must meet in order to receive licensure or certification. Many states require that students pursuing a career path as a school librarian receive licensure or certification as a teacher in an alternate subject in addition to obtaining certification as a librarian.

In general, students will pursue an accredited bachelor’s program prior to receiving certification. Depending on which state they live in, an application for licensure or certification may be available online. Students then submit the completed application and official transcripts to the certification commission in their state. Many states will accept library or teacher certifications from other states, but students who are planning on moving to a different state should check with the certifying agency to verify that certificates are accepted or transferable. All prospective students are advised to contact their state’s education board to learn about specific certification or state licensing requirements and ensure that the program they choose is recognized by the state they wish to work in.

School librarians who wish to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and their expertise while possibly qualifying for salary increases might consider pursuing voluntary certification with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Qualified applicants must pass a four-part evaluation process before they are granted a library media certification.

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Careers in Library Science

While some online library science degrees provide a solid generalized education in the field, many others offer more specific areas of study for students who are seeking a more specialized career path. In either case, it’s important to know that there are many different job opportunities in the library science industry for students to choose. Here is a sampling of career paths that library science degrees can lead to:

  • Integrated Library System Administrator: This management-style position requires the individual to oversee all of the IT systems used by the library. Responsibilities can include managing internal server problems, website issues, interactive features, and more.
  • Web Archivist: Most libraries maintain a solid website presence that includes archives of all microfilms, records, documents, and more. A Web Archivist is responsible for transferring hard media into a digital form before uploading it to the library’s website for access by the public or other employees.
  • School Librarian: In addition to assisting students with their academic and research needs, a School Librarian may oversee students’ access to videos, computers, and other resources.
  • Web Services Librarian: A Web Services Librarian leads the management, design, and vision of a library’s website to meet the needs of its users, whether staff, faculty, or students of the university or school. This role may work to improve user experience and conduct analysis of the website taxonomy.
  • Director of Content Acquisition: This role focuses on the accumulation, purchasing, and sharing of resources. Individuals in this position are responsible for locating and obtaining documents, books, and other materials to add to the library as well as overseeing the archiving, cataloging, and availability of those materials.
  • Library Director: The Library Director is usually the top leadership position. This person oversees and prepares the budget, makes strategic plans, develops policies for service and employment, and organizes fundraisers.

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