Welcome to the Library & Information Services program website!
Thank you for your interest in the Library & Information Services program.
Library and Information Services (L&IS) graduates work in libraries in communities, schools, colleges, universities, government and non-profit agencies and private industry performing a wide variety of library duties and services including children's programming, cataloging, customer service and research assistance. L&IS graduates work in roles such as library technician, library assistant, library paraprofessional, and library or media aide.
L&IS graduates usually work under the direction of professional librarians, in a wide variety of roles and responsibilities, such as:
- Staffing customer service points
- Creating records for library catalogs
- Processing library materials for the collection
- Instructing patrons in the use of the library's catalog
- Assisting patrons in locating materials
- Circulating library materials and handling overdue processes
- Maintaining patron records
Careers in library and information services demand a strong customer service mindset, a high degree of comfort with computers, solid organizational skills, and a keen attention to detail.
Choose the Library & Information Services courses that are right for your career goals. The Library & Information Services program offers two certificates. Students are welcome to take any course as a way to update their skills or they can pursue one or both certificates and be eligible to apply for the additional Library Support Staff Certification sponsored by ALA-APA.
CertificatesWe offer two short certificates, one in Public Services (23-25 credits) and one in Technical Services (13-15 credits).
Those already employed in a library should inquire about the apprentice discount.
K-12 Library/Media endorsement
Teachers may be able to use program courses toward a library/media endorsement.