Types of Special Libraries
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, government 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
|Cultural heritage institutions, historical organizations, art museums and institutes||
SLA Museums, Arts & Humanities Division
For a broader overview of potential special library-related job titles and employers, see the iSchool’s annual report, , especially the information on Data Management, Analysis and Preservation (slide26), Information Management (slide 28), Information Systems and Technology (slide 29), Web Services, User Experience (UX) and Social Media (slide 30),Government Agencies and Organizations (slide 36), and Business and Nonprofit Organizations (slide 37).