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Library Careers

Information for prospective Texas librarians.

Library and information science is an ideal choice for talented individuals who enjoy working with people and who seek a rewarding career that combines research, technology, project management, leadership skills, and a community focus.

To become a library and information science professional, a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS), obtained through a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), is required. Depending on which area of library and information science is entered, additional or specialized training may be required.

In Texas, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Woman’s University offer ALA accredited master’s programs for people seeking careers in a variety of settings, including academic, public, school, and special libraries. Texas Tech University will begin offering a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree (MSLIS) in August 2019. Sam Houston State University and University of Houston-Clear Lake offer programs specializing in school librarianship. Both programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) for those pursuing work in school libraries serving pre-K through 12th grade. While the programs at Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston-Clear Lake are accredited for school librarianship, the programs are not ALA accredited.

The Texas Library Association endorsed a minimum entry-level librarian salary of $43,000 in 2018. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, salaries of librarians vary according to the individual’s qualifications and the type, size, and location of the library. Experienced librarians can advance to administrative positions, such as department head, library director, or chief information officer.

Graduate Education for Library Careers

Most library careers require a degree or certification from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).  For careers in school librarianship, students may also choose a program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The resources listed here are to assist prospective librarians make informed decisions about programs that match their personal interests and circumstances; this list of resources is not exhaustive.

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