Modern librarianship is a mirror to the history of our culture. From the first printed books to the latest technology, librarians collect, preserve, and organize the materials that allow us to learn from the past and create a better future. Librarianship satisfies a great variety of interests - from the small public library to the university, from historical archives to research institutions, from public service to technology - that offer a rewarding career in service and life-long learning.
There are four major areas of librarianship each of which requires slightly different undergraduate preparation. The first area is in the K-12 school system. Please refer to the Educational Media and Technology (EDM) program for more details. The other three areas of librarianship are public libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries such as those associated with hospitals, corporations, and law offices. These all require a Master's degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited graduate school.
Applying to Graduate School
An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and high scores on the GRE will best position the student for admission into graduate school. To best prepare for graduate school, the student should complete a bachelor's degree with a regular academic major. It is recommended that the undergraduate coursework include some courses from the EDM program as well as a diverse background of coursework in English, history, foreign languages, science, management, and computer applications and programming. Majoring in areas such as the health or natural sciences allows for possibilities in special libraries. Some graduate library and information science programs offer a dual degree combining a Master of Library Science with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science with history or education, or Juris Doctor. Students who are interested in Pre-Library should consult with an advisor about how Pre- Library can combine their interests with an academic plan best suited for their professional goals.
Advisor: Kevin McGrew
For Further Information
If you would like more information about our program or financial aid contact:
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55811
(218) 723-6046 or 1-800-447-5444
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