Career Environments

Overview

Career Environments

Are you asking: Where can I best use the skills I will develop in my MLIS program? What are the different work environments where my skills might be needed and wanted? What is it like working in different LIS environments, institutions, companies?

The Career Environment pages expand on the career pathways by offering information and very specific details about what it is actually like to work in a specific LIS environment and the possible jobs and roles/responsibilities available. This information can help you focus your own career direction decisions. The Career Environment pages cover working in academic libraries, public libraries and special libraries. 

Overview

Working in Academic Libraries

According to the American Library Association, there are 3,793 academic libraries in the United States, of which 2,489 are associated with four-year and above institutions and 1,304 with less-than-four-year colleges (for example, community colleges, vocational colleges, and similar types of schools.).

Overview

Working in Public Libraries

With over 16,000 public libraries in the United States, public libraries are embedded in communities of all types and sizes and are often described as serving community members for a lifetime. Public librarians are staunch defenders of the rights of citizens to have free access to information, and they are committed to making libraries the great equalizers in their communities.

Overview

Working in Special Libraries

According to the American Library Directory, 2015-2016, there are approximately 8,152 special libraries or information centers (including government and armed forces) in the United States, and their missions vary from curating specialized collections such as that of a presidential or museum library, to providing research support to staff at a hospital or to business analysts in an international consulting company.