MLIS Career Pathways

Overview

MLIS Career Pathways

The SJSU School of Information offers numerous career pathways for your consideration, and this is only a partial list of the diverse career directions you can follow with an MLIS degree.

The career pathways are presented as an introduction to various careers and topics and are intended to be used by MLIS students for career planning and course selection. Many students choose courses from more than one career pathway, building comprehensive skillsets that are transferable to a wide range of organizations and career opportunities.

No special designations appear on your transcript or diploma. All students earn an MLIS degree.

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Information Intermediation and Instruction — MLIS Career Pathway

This career pathway focuses on information intermediation and instruction. Work in this area requires an understanding of how to help users define and articulate their information needs; excellent communication skills; mastery of a wide range of information tools and retrieval techniques for answering users’ questions; and proficiency in evaluating and selecting information sources and services.

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Information Organization, Description, Analysis, and Retrieval — MLIS Career Pathway

Discovery depends on the organization and description of information resources. Work in this area requires understanding of existing and emerging shared standards, frameworks and principles for organization and description as well as systems such as library services platforms, discovery platforms, institutional repositories and digital library management systems.

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Leadership and Management — MLIS Career Pathway

Librarians and information professionals, in various positions within an information organization hierarchy including solo practitioner roles, seek out opportunities to assess the information needs and interests of their communities; design collections, programs and services to address those needs; and assess the impact of those services on the well-being of their communities.

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Public Librarianship — MLIS Career Pathway

Public libraries are a partnership between librarians, clients, customers and stakeholders. Public librarians have evolved from gatekeeper to catalyst, designer, and partner. Librarians are fostering innovation and creativity for the community conversation to flourish in order to maintain the competitive advantage in what is being called the “knowledge economy.”

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Special Librarianship — MLIS Career Pathway

Special libraries, also called information centers, knowledge resource centers, or a variety of similar names, are information-focused units that support the strategic goals of the organization within which they’re based. A special library may itself be its own department with from one (a “solo librarian”) to dozens of librarians and other information professionals.

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Teacher Librarianship — MLIS Career Pathway

Students in this specialization are prepared to manage libraries in all levels of K–12 schools. The jobs for these graduates are found across the spectrum of schools and at the district and state levels. While teacher librarians are often working solo in schools, they may also supervise technicians, assistants, and volunteers in the operation of K–12 libraries.

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Youth Services — MLIS Career Pathway

The Youth Services career pathway is designed to prepare students for positions as children’s and/or young adult (YA) librarians or coordinators in public libraries, youth specialists on a regional or state level, or as information professionals in organizations principally serving youth, as well as to offer library generalists appropriate coursework to prepare for serving a public that includes youth.