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

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


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


Specialization Outcomes

  • Organize recorded knowledge and information using the systems of cataloging, metadata, indexing, and classification standards and methods.
  • Understand the life cycle of recorded knowledge and information, from creation through various stages of use.
  • Create information literacy programs that meet the Association of College Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards and accommodate diverse learning styles.
  • Manage day-to-day planning, budgeting, team management, and human resources in libraries and other information agencies.
  • Analyze complex problems, create appropriate solutions, and communicate them effectively in verbal and written format.

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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!


  1. Librarians. (2018, July 02). Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm
  2. Average Academic Librarian Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Academic_Librarian/Salary