Associate Degree in Library Science: Program Overview

Though most librarians need a master's degree in library science before they can find employment, associate's programs are available in the field. These programs introduce students to libraries and information systems.

Essential Information

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.

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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 94,170 library technicians employed in 2015. The median annual salary for these professionals in that year was reported to be $32,310.

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.

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