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M.S. in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship Specialization

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Support academic achievement and cutting-edge research.

Rapid changes in higher education, along with major shifts in publishing and information technologies, have created a demand for well-trained, innovative academic librarians.

Through 36 credits of core and specialization coursework, you learn to drive academic success, assist researchers, and support the development of college students as they learn to analyze and compile information.

Career Outlook: Impact Scholarship and Intellectual Development

Prepare for a career as an academic information specialist, helping students and researchers access the information they need, whether they attend a community college or conduct research in a university. Overall, the job outlook for librarians is projected to grow nine percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.1

Career Spotlight: Academic Librarian

Help people find the information they need to research and achieve their academic goals. Curate, organize, and develop a collection of resources to support institutional success for a college or university. The average annual salary for academic librarians is $51,998, and you could earn up to $69,943.2

Jobs and Income

Curriculum: Support the Needs of All Library Users

Develop an understanding of how to best serve the goals of students and researchers in colleges and universities, from digital library management to developing information literacy among users and delivering a helpful library experience.

Students choose four of the following specialization courses:

  • LIS 221: Planning and Delivering Information Literacy Programs
  • LIS 230: Introduction to Digital Libraries
  • LIS 231: College and Universities Libraries
  • LIS 238: Web Design for Libraries and Information Centers
  • LIS 260: Information Use and Users
  • LIS 262: Project Management in Information Organizations
  • LIS 263: Marketing and Advocacy in Information Organizations
  • LIS 275: Cultural Competence for Information Professionals
  • LIS 320: Fake News and Misinformation
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Specialization Outcomes

More Specialization Options

M.S in Library and Information Science: Youth Services

Through a curriculum aligned with the nation’s leading information organizations, you learn to reach young readers and thrive as a children’s or young adult librarian, a youth specialist, and more.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies

Learn to select, arrange, and preserve records of value to researchers. You prepare to work in archives, special collections, historical societies, museums, and various other curatorial environments.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Public Librarianship

Serve patrons while managing relationships throughout your community. You learn to run a public library, including programming, collection development, outreach and advocacy, and user services for all ages.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Records Management

Work in Information Governance and help organizations manage and protect records and increase business efficiency.

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Advance your career and help students and researchers access the resources they need with an online Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship specialization from St. John’s University. Contact us at 844-393-1677 or request more information today!


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  2. Average Academic Librarian Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2019, from