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Library Programs (ALA accredited)
Emporia offers cohorts in different regions of the U.S.
Information School at UW
This school is in Seattle and is considered one of the top 10 programs in the country. Note that they have a distance education program as well (see http://ischool.uw.edu/academics/mlis/degree-options ).
San Jose State University
This is another good program that is available on the West Coast. It is the closest option in California and they also have a distance program
University of North Texas
UNT offers both in-person and online programs for students interested in a library degree. The School Library Media Certification is ranked 8th in the nation. They offer the nation’s largest interdisciplinary PhD program in Information Science.
Directory of ALA-Accredited Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies
This is a directory of programs throughout the nation. From this link you can search their database and limit by specific criteria such as distance education.
Best Library & Information Studies Schools
This is the U.S. News & World Report Rankings for library school programs as of 2013.
Articles and Websites about Becoming a Librarian
Statistics, Salaries, and Prospects
Every career path is different, but here are some tips that you might find useful.
- Get experience
If you don't have library experience already, try to get a job working or volunteering in one. This can be an important step in networking and also seeing how libraries operate. It might also be helpful to try volunteering for an online answering website.
- Talk to librarians in the field
Librarians tend to be friendly folk and very happy to talk to students interested in pursuing a career in librarianship.
- Join an association
On the left I list several possible associations that you might be interested in. There are lots more if your interests are more specific. Many of the associations have special student rates. They are great ways to learn more about the field and to network.
- Read job listings
On the left I list some librarian job listing sites. It can be helpful to peruse them to see what kind skills are being requested. I especially recommend learning what you can about technology.
- Study Broadly
Unless you have your heart set on being a specialist librarian (e.g. a medical, legal, business, or children's librarian), I would recommend that you get as broad of an education as you can. (Again, classes in computer science are likely to be especially helpful.)
- Go to an ALA-accredited program
There are other options out there, but an ALA-accredited degree will give you the most options when you graduate. Many jobs require it.
Distance Learning Librarian