MLIS Career Information
The MLIS program prepares graduates for careers within a traditional library setting as well as a new and emerging positions in various areas such as communications, marketing, business, technology services, and research.
MLIS Career Outlook
Many of the school's MLIS students enter the program looking to secure a job in a library. In 2009, US News and World Report ranked librarianship as the best career. With the Baby Boomer generation retiring, the need for librarians will be stronger than ever. In 2009, the American Library Association (ALA) organized a poll that found that 96% of respondents agreed that free access to materials and resources played an integral part in offering opportunities for success.
For more information on librarianship as a career, please see the Department of Labor's Occupational Handbook entry for librarians (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos068.htm).
It's important to remember that the MLIS is not just librarianship. MLIS graduates should also seek positions in communications, marketing, business, technology services, research and other related fields. More and more, businesses and government organizations seek candidates with the ability to gather, organize and disseminate information.
MLIS Career Trends
MLIS Career Titles
Collection Development Librarian
Bibliographic Instruction Librarian
Subject Specific Librarian (Music, History, Government Documents, etc)
Information specialists are need in all sectors of the marketplace including law, medicine, insurance, government, and entertainment. Some titles to consider for MLIS students interested in information science positions include:
Web Content Manager
MLIS Career Websites
Before any job search, it’s important to be prepared. Students who take the time to identify their goals, put together a resume, practice interviews, and seek out potential mentors will find the process is much easier. Below are some suggestions for job sites and career advice.
Before applying for any positions, students should consider consulting UWM’s Career Development Center for tips on resume building and cover-letter writing. For more library-focused guidance, please consult ALA’s Get a Job Toolkit. These tools will help get the students on the right track toward a successful career.
For students looking to pursue a library-track position, there are a number of job sites to explore. Below is a list of career sites which students may find useful:
- ALA JobList
- American Research Libraries' Career Page
- Library Job Positions
- Library Journal Jobs
- Networked Librarian’s Employment Resources Page
- Society of American Archivists’ Employment Bulletin
- 100+ Job Resources for Librarians
- Wisconsin Education Career Access Network
- Wisconsin.gov Job Seeker
- Wisconsin Library Association Community Forum
SOIS students and alumni are also encouraged to visit our Linked In groups for job postings.
- SOIS Linked In
- SOIS Library & Information Science Job Postings
- SOIS Information Technology Job Postings
Because of the diverse nature of the field, there are fewer job-specific sites for careers in information science. Students looking for positions in information science are encouraged to be creative in their job search. A few sites that might prove helpful include: