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Overview

If you’ve ever done research, then you probably already know the value of a great librarian. How they can locate any book, what resources are available to you as you begin your search—they seem to know the answers to your questions before you even ask them. All of that knowledge comes, of course, with time and experience, and also with a degree in Library Science.


The library is one of our greatest cultural and social institutions, serving as a vast warehouse of information and a locus where nerds can meet and fall in love. The men and women responsible for running these institutions, whether it’s your local public library or the Library of Congress, are librarians. Any librarian worth his salt needs to be an organizational virtuoso, know what research resources are available to patrons, and understand how technology continues to change the face of libraries in America.


The Library Science major covers a wide range of topics and issues ranging from the history of libraries, to library administration, to media for children and young adults. A combination of both practical field experience gained through internships and rigorous academic course work, the Library Science major prepares you to be the key that unlocks the great reserves of America’s information.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Administration of Libraries

  • Automation in the Library Media Center

  • Basic Information Source and Services

  • Introduction to Librarianship

  • Library Materials and Services for Special Audiences

  • Library Practice in the Secondary School

  • Media for Young Adults

  • Media Methods and the Curriculum

  • Organization of Information

  • Selection of Library Materials

  • Student Teaching Seminar


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

With libraries becoming increasingly dependant upon technology, a strong background in computers is excellent preparation for the Library Science major. In addition, you can also volunteer or work at your local public library, reading to children, or providing assistance to the librarians. It’s a great way to get first hand experience before entering the classroom.