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Resources for Prospective Graduate Students in Library and Information Studies

Welcome to the exciting world of Library and Information Science. This page is designed to put a face on one of the most diverse, fast-paced and versatile career options for the new millenium. Please explore the topics below and email us if you have any questions or comments.

The Degree & Finding a Program

The Master of Library and Information Studies is a versatile, professional degree that prepares graduates for exciting careers in the information field. Recent MLIS grads have obtained positions all over the world as archivists, database designers, indexers, information brokers, information systems managers, professional librarians, records managers, researchers, and web designers.

The curriculum of library and information studies encompasses information and knowledge creation, communication, identification, selection, acquisition, organization and description, storage and retrieval, preservation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, synthesis, dissemination, and management. Most programs require completion of the degree within six years. A number of distance learning programs exist. For more information about choosing the right school and program, review the following:

Scholarships & Internships

There are a number of scholarships available to assist students from diverse backgrounds in obtaining their degree. In addition to a number of ALA scholarships, many library schools and regional library associations offer financial assistance. Many students receive support for their studies, please review the variety of scholarship opportunities listed below.

  • ALA Spectrum Scholarship
    $5,000 scholarship for library school students, who are members of a principal minority group, admitted to an ALA-accredited library school.
  • ASCLA Century Scholarship
    $2,500 scholarship for a library school student or students with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited library school.
  • Additional ALA Scholarships
    Full listing of scholarships offered by the ALA.
  • National Library Association Scholarships
    Courtesy of, list includes scholarships sponsored by national ethnic library associations and library specialty associations.
  • Graduate School Scholarships
    Courtesy of, links to the scholarship information pages of library school programs.
  • State & Regional Library Association Scholarships
    Courtesy of, provides links to the scholarships offered by various state and regional library associations.

A number of students supplement their coursework with an internship. The internship provides valuable real world experience, further financial assistance, and often times enables the students to try out an environment while gaining valuable networking experience. For more information about general and specific internship options, please review the following:

Exploring Career Options

From residencies to full-time positions, MLIS students beginning and completing their degrees should know that there is high demand to find diverse, qualified applicants to fill the variety of positions available today. Explore the websites below to find more information on residencies, library specialties and job opportunities.

Getting to Know 21st Century Librarians

Get acquainted with your fellow librarians in the fast-paced, diverse and fun world of librarianship in the new millennium by exploring these sites for librarians, by librarians.

  • Become a Librarian
    Make a difference @ your library!
    Just one "weird freaky librarian out there doing their thing and making the world of all library patrons just that much more interesting."
  • Lipstick Librarian
    She's Bold, She's Sassy, She's Helpful!
  • New Breed Librarian
    NewBreed Librarian is intended to foster a sense of community for those new to librarianship.


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