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Library Science and Related Professions

Library science is rapidly changing as advances in technology alter how information is stored, organized and accessed. Read on to learn about the options available for library science graduates at all degree levels.

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A library science education can be used as a starting point for a range of careers. Librarians use their training to oversee library staff, help people with research requests, maintain the library collection and recommend books or other material to library patrons. Library technicians assist librarians in maintaining collections and managing library staff. Assistants perform clerical tasks and help patrons find materials. Archivists acquire and maintain historically valuable documents and records.

Computers have become an integral part of a library's toolkit, and some library science professionals specialize in designing computer systems or deciding how information is stored and retrieved. They may set up a library's complete system and/or project future technological needs. Some librarians work as database developers or user trainers, while others work in marketing, as web-content managers or as Internet publishers.

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