Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790
admissions@css.edu

Kevin McGrew, M.A., M.Ed.
Director of the Library
Pre-Library Advisor
218.723.6198
kmcgrew@css.edu

Pre-Library

Program Facts

  • Because this is a pre-professional program, students must choose an academic major.
  • Students meet with an advisor to combine their interests with an academic plan best suited for their goals or the type of library they would like to work in.
  • Prepares students for a master's degree program from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited graduate school.
  • An ALA-accredited master's degree program can lead to a career in public libraries, academic libraries and special libraries such as those associated with hospitals, corporations and law offices.
  • Students graduating as part of the pre-library program have been very successful in getting into graduate schools and going on to careers in librarianship.

Internships

Pre-library students can volunteer in the St. Scholastica Library to gain internship experience in a variety of areas including public services, technical services and archives. Credit-bearing independent study courses are also occasionally available to pre-library students.

Careers

Librarians help people find and evaluate information from many sources. Most librarians, such as those in public and academic libraries, maintain library collections and do other work to make information accessible. Academic librarians are often part of the institution's faculty. A second subject master's degree or Ph.D. is often required or encouraged in order to work in an academic library. In small libraries, librarians are often responsible for many or all aspects of library operations. They may manage a staff of library assistants and technicians. In larger libraries, librarians usually focus on a specific area, such as public services (reference), technical services (cataloging) or administrative services. Special librarians work in settings other than academic or public libraries. Law firms, hospitals, businesses, museums, government agencies, laboratories and many other groups have their own discipline-specific libraries with special librarians. The main purpose of these libraries and information centers is to serve the information needs of the organization that houses the library. Therefore, special librarians collect and organize materials focused on those subjects. The following are a few examples of special librarians:

  • Government librarians provide research services and access to information for government staff and the public.
  • Law librarians help lawyers, law students, judges, and law clerks locate and organize legal resources.
  • Medical and Science librarians help health professionals, patients, and researchers find health and science information. They may provide information about new clinical trials and medical treatments and procedures, teach medical students how to locate medical information, or answer consumers' health questions. There is currently a high demand for librarians with a background in the sciences.