Students enrolled in a 2-year associate's degree program in library science must complete general education courses in addition to core library science courses. They learn how to assist librarians in acquiring materials and locating resources. Graduates are prepared to apply for positions as library technicians or transfer credits to a bachelor's program in the field. Applicants must have a high school diploma; some programs require familiarity with computers.
Associate Degree in Library Science
The curriculum in these programs is in the areas of media and technology, which provide practical skills needed for the field. Some examples of core courses include:
- Introduction to library technician
- Care of library materials
- Library technical services
- Library media services+
- Library acquisitions
- Library automation
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 88,690 library technicians employed in 2018. The median annual salary for these professionals in that year was reported to be $34,040.
Certification and Continuing Education
No certification or licensure is required to become a library technician in the United States. Those individuals who are interested in becoming librarians must complete a baccalaureate degree in any field, as well as a master's degree in library science.
Associate's degree programs in library science provide students with a foundational education in library care and services. Graduates will be able to assist librarians in resourcing.