Careers

Librarianship is a rapidly changing field that prepares you to serve new kinds of library and information users with new expectations. Technology has changed the way librarians retrieve information for their users, and yet traditional services remain the same – whether in person or online. Librarians must be information experts in the information age, and our program helps prepare you to become just that.

A Profession in Demand

An impending librarian shortage has been well documented. The American Library Association estimates that nearly 60% of professional librarians will reach retirement age within the next decade.

But, as more people attempt to navigate digital information, libraries and librarians will be needed more than ever to provide relevant and meaningful services to library users. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recently named librarianship among the top professions in the country based on potential for growth, earnings, opportunity for meaningful work, and quality of life. Read the full story here.

Diverse Career Paths

Our graduates enjoy a variety of career paths. The list below is just a small sample of some of the positions that our recent graduate have taken:

  • Reference / Web Services Librarian , Olin Library, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Archives Specialist, National Records and Archives Administration, Washington, DC
  • Library Director , St. Louis Christian College, Florissant, MO
  • Electronic Services Librarian , Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. (law firm), St. Louis
  • Research Analyst, Librarian , BAE Systems, St. Louis
  • Access Services Librarian , Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO
  • Director , Washington Public Library, Washington, MO
  • Library Media Specialist , Washington School District
  • Assistant Director for Public Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Vice President for Product Management, SirsiDynix
  • Library Development Coordinator, Northeast Kansas Library System
  • Director, Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Senior Librarian, Midwest Research Institute
  • Reference Instruction Librarian, Rockhurst University

Career Assistance

Your graduate degree from MU will prepare you for a number of career paths in the diverse fields of libraries and information centers, and we will even help you find that first job!

Career planning and resume writing workshops are offered on a regular basis at three locations: Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis. For more information on these workshops or on general career assistance, email our Student Coordinator at sislt@missouri.edu or call our office at (877) 747.5868.

Other Resources

  • SISLT Jobs Listserv: New job announcements sent by employers seeking candidates in the fields of library and information science are posted by SISLT faculty and staff. To subscribe, go to Admitted.
  • LibraryCareers.org sponsored by the American Library Association, offers information on the variety of careers you can pursue with this degree.
  • JobList.org includes current job listings for the fields of library & information science & technology. Sponsored by ALA and ACRL, you can set up an RSS feed to alert you of a new job posting based on your search criteria.
  • LISJobs.com lists job postings by type and by state, offers advice on the job search, and allows the ability to post your resume.
  • Hire MIZZOU Tigers: The University of Missouri provides an online job placement service at no cost to MU students.
  • Graduate School Career Services: Resources for help with resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques.