Types of Special Libraries / Information Centers
The following chart and examples of real job descriptions should be considered simply a very small sample of opportunities to help you start thinking about how your career goals and current skill set might match up to potential career paths. Once you see what you need, consider choosing courses, internships, and volunteer experiences that will help you develop new skills and increase your desirability as a job candidate.
|Relevant Professional Association(s)|
|Medical||Medical facilities, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies|
|Legal||Law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, court libraries, governmental agencies||American Association of Law Libraries|
|Corporate, nonprofit, association||Organizations (for-profit and nonprofit) of all types and sizes; sometimes also works on behalf of employers’ clients, customers, and/or members|
|Government/Military||Legislative offices, military bases and academies, intelligence agencies, prisons, veterans administration/health care||
SLA Military Libraries Division
SLA Government Information Division
|Researchers, catalogers, donor prospecting support, subject specialists||
For a broader overview of potential special library-related job titles and employers, see the iSchool’s annual report, “MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot of Job Postings Spring 2017,” especially the information on Emerging Technologies (slide 25), Corporations and Business (slide 26), and Special Libraries (slide 27).