Explore your Career Path................

You can pursue a wide variety of career paths within library organizations. Depending on your interests and background, it is possible to plan your career from entry level to top level management. Along the way, there are also many opportunities available for possible moves within a particular career path. The ultimate goal is to provide lifelong career fulfillment and job satisfaction with the choices you make.

What you need to know............

With so many possible career paths in libraries, the education, experience and skills required also vary from job to job. As you begin your journey, it is good to have a general understanding of the type of job you are interested in and the type of library setting you want to work in.  To identify what education is needed for specific specialties visit:

Education for Librarianship

If you have other questions or want to discuss career possibilities, contact the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment.  Call the Program Officer for Placement and Recruitment, Beatrice Calvin at 800/545-2433 ext. 4280 or email her at bcalvin@ala.org.

LibraryCareers.org, a website developed by ALA members, which is intended to answer your questions about what is involved in being a librarian or library worker.