What Are The Different Types Of Academic Libraries?
|Types of Academic Libraries||Examples||Typical Characteristics of Institution||Roles of Librarian|
|Large Research Institutions||Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Purdue, UCLA, OHSU, Duke, etc.||Often have several subject specific libraries; often require 2nd Master's for librarians; have PhD programs; emphasis on scholarly and research support||Scholarly communication; Subject specialization; Web Development; Data Management; Archives|
|4 Year Public Universities||SJSU, CSU Stanislaus, Portland State, etc.||Subject specialist librarians; MA/MS usually highest degree awarded; greater emphasis on instruction rather than research; urban campuses will be mostly commuter students||Reference and Instruction; Outreach; Digital services; Subject specialists; Possible faculty status|
|Private 4 Year, Liberal Arts Colleges||Mills College, Occidental College, Pomona, etc.||Small student body and faculty; residential; mostly undergraduates||Reference and Instruction; Technical support; Collection Development; Jack of all trades|
|Community Colleges||Ohlone Community College, City College of San Francisco, Santa Rosa Junior College, etc.||2-year AA and technical programs; teaching and skill development-centered||Outreach and Instruction; Reference; Technical support; Typically a jack of all trades; Possible faculty status|
Explore these university and college library websites below to get a feel for the environment and roles that librarians play. The websites listed are examples only - there are many more academic libraries than we can list.
- Large Research Institution http://library.stanford.edu
- 4-6 Year Public University http://library.csustan.edu
- Private Liberal Arts College http://www.mills.edu/academics/library/
- Community College http://www2.ohlone.edu/org/library/