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Public Librarianship

What is it?

Public Librarians help people with homework and research questions, decide what items to purchase and to discard, offer programs and training, help people use the internet, build websites, and more. Specialized librarians may run computer systems, work with seniors and non-English speaking populations, become specialists in a specific subject area, or maintain the records for the online catalog. Librarian jobs are often full-time, although most libraries also rely on a core of part-time and "substitute" librarians to help cover all of the hours many libraries are open. (Source: American Library Association)

What can I do with this background?

A public librarian will be responsible for the care of a library and its contents, including the selection, processing, and organization of materials and the delivery of information, instruction, and loan services to meet the needs of its user. (Source: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science)

In addition to the required core courses, what courses should I take?

Suggested electives include:

  • 60601 Information Sources and Reference Services

  • 60608 The Public Library

  • 60609 Cataloging and Classification I

  • 60604 Research Methods for Libraries and Information

  • 60609 Marketing the Library

  • 60612 Library Materials and Services for Adults

  • 60613 Information Needs, Seeking and Use

  • 60614 Selection and Acquisition of Library Materials

  • 60619 Legal Information Sources and Services

  • 60622 Science/Technology Information Sources and Services

  • 60630 Reference Sources and Services for Youth

(Refer to the program guidesheet above for additional suggested coursework.)

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