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Study a graduate program in Library and Information Science

What will I study in a graduate library and information science program?

Library and Information Science study includes three key areas: introduction to the library and information science professions and environments; resources and organization of information; and management and policy.

Integrated within library science are studies in information architecture, information behavior, database administration, innovation, metadata, budgeting, and project management. Students studying in the U.S. should seek a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1928. In North America, most library employers require an ALA-accredited master’s degree for professional-level positions. Outside of North America, ALA accreditation illustrates the program’s high standards because of the rigorous ALA review standards.

Length of program

The length of a graduate library and information science program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

UK – 1-2 years
US – 1-2 years
China – 1-3 years
Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

In general, students looking to pursue a graduate program in library and information science will need a bachelor’s degree. The grade required with vary between universities. Previous relevant professional experience is also likely to be considered. 

Career development

Students are prepared for a career in a broad range of settings and organisations, including academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, and government agencies or cultural institutions. More and more, library degrees provide the high flexibility of knowledge and range of skills that are valued and applicable to many industries and organizations such as scientific libraries, marketing research firms, government, health and medical organizations.

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