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Becoming a Librarian: Getting your Degree

ALA Accredited Schools

Alabama, University of

 

Albany, State University of New York

 

Alberta, University of

 

Arizona, University of

 

British Columbia, University of

 

Buffalo, State University of New York

 

California - Los Angeles, University of

 

Catholic University of America

 

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

 

Dalhousie University

 

Denver, University of

 

Dominican University

 

Drexel University

 

East Carolina University

 

Emporia State University

 

Florida State University

 

Hawaii, University of

 

Illinois, University of

 

Indiana University - Bloomington

 

Indiana University - Purdue

 

Iowa, University of

 

Kent State University

 

Kentucky, University of

 

Long Island University

 

Louisiana State University

 

McGill University

 

Maryland, University of

 

Michigan, University of

 

Missouri, University of

 

Montreal, University of (in French)

 

North Carolina - Chapel Hill, University of

 

North Carolina - Greensboro, University of

 

North Carolina Central University

 

North Texas, University of

 

Oklahoma, University of

 

Ottawa, University of

 

Pittsburgh, University of

 

Pratt Institute

 

Puerto Rico, University of

 

Queens College, City University of New York

 

Rhode Island, University of

 

Rutgers University

 

St. Catherine University

 

St. John's University

 

San Jose State University

 

Simmons College

 

South Carolina, University of

 

South Florida, University of

 

Southern Mississippi, University of

 

Syracuse University

 

Tennessee, University of

 

Texas - Austin, University of

 

Texas Woman's University

 

Toronto, University of

 

Valdosta State University

 

Washington, University of

 

Wayne State University

 

Western Ontario, University of

 

Wisconsin - Madison, University of

 

Wisconsin - Milwaukee, University of
 

Getting into an MLS Program

In order to get a Librarian position you need to have a Master's of Library Science degree, Master's of Library and Information Science, or something similar like a Master's in Information Science. The Graduate program you attend needs to have been accredited by the American Library Association.  See the list of schools to the left.

Admission requirements very by program; review the requirements carefully before submitting your application.

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ALA accredited symbolLook for this symbol while school hunting!

Can't Decide?

Having trouble deciding which school is right for you? Here is a website that might help. It has different ranking systems based on what focus you want as well as other helpful tips.

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Do you have specific program needs?

Is there something specific you are looking for in a program? For example, do you need it to be 100% online, or offer specific specialties like book art or health librarianship? Here is the place for you. This link will allow you to search through all ALA accredited programs looking for something specific with one click.

Now What?

So you've gotten into an ALA accredited MLS program, what do you do now? Here is a newsletter from ALA filled with advice about how to successfully navigate your way in completing your degree.

Get a Job

Here are several websites dedicated to the library job hunt. Obviously these are just a few of the many resources you can try.

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