Ever wondered how librarians wind up working in libraries? Chances are, it all started with a library science degree. If you’re interested in studying how books, newspapers, and other documents are stored, or even how technology is shaping the future of books, this could be the field for you.
Here’s our list of the most popular schools with library science programs, and how much they’ll cost you.
4. University of Nebraska, Omaha: $197 (per unit, residents), $580 (per unit, non-residents)
The University of Nebraska, Omaha’s campus has a unique approach to library science. Whether you choose to major in library science or school library endorsement, you’ll earn a BGS – a Bachelor of General Studies degree. During your degree program, you’ll study everything from literature and information management to technology and information storage. Even though the library science program is available only at the Omaha campus, students are still held and taught to the University of Nebraska standards.
3. Kent State University, Kent: $9,672 (residents), $17,632 (non-residents)
Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science is one of the largest programs in the country. If you’re looking to earn your degree in Ohio, Kent State is the only school in the state accredited by the American Library Association. With 650 students and two campuses in Ohio, earning your library science degree is easy and flexible. The program is known for its strengths in digital preservation, museums studies, and K-12 school libraries.
2. Drexel University: $1,045 per credit
Getting your library science degree from Drexel is more than affordable – it’s also extremely convenient. The entire program can be completed online in two years. At one of the largest library science programs in the country, Drexel students can specialize in different types of library studies. Whether you’re interested in working with a digital database or an all-health library, there’s a special program available. The department focuses on helping students develop a strong technical background to prepare them for the currently evolving library system.
1. San Jose State University: $7,587 (non-residents add $372 per unit)
The School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University first opened in 1928 and has grown into one of the best library schools. Most students finish in less than four years thanks to the department’s flexible curriculum. Students can earn a dual degree in both library science and teaching, which credentials graduates to work in K-12 libraries. Perhaps most unique, however, is the way classes are taught. Professors use the technology used in libraries in order to give students experience both as teachers and students of the equipment.
- Library science isn’t the only major that can lead to a library or information storage career. Literature, English, and even computer science majors help prepare students too.
- In order to win a high-level library position, a master’s degree in library science is typically required.
- Library science majors should seek out internships just like every other undergrad. Some colleges place students with on-campus libraries to teach them the ins and outs of school libraries.
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