Library Science Professor

Teach university students about library sciences.
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Salary Range
$40,000 – $101,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Library Science Professors do?

As a Library Science Professor, you’re responsible for educating the next generation of Librarians. You teach them not only how to organize a library, but also how to help guests navigate it and find what they’re looking for.

Your day-to-day work when you’re a Library Science Professor is a lot like that of any other Professor in a college or university. You have a group of dedicated undergraduate or graduate students to work with. As the Library Science Professor, you provide them with instruction in a classroom, and assign tests and papers to help them demonstrate their knowledge.

You have homework to do yourself because you need to evaluate everything they do and give each student a grade at the end of the course. You also hold consultation hours in your office, providing extra tutoring to struggling students.

Additionally, you do research on library-related matters, and try to get this published in reputable journals. You may spend hours writing up proposals for grant money to fund your research. You also attend conferences on library science so you can keep your knowledge up to date and your lectures current.

If your course load is light, you may be convinced to take on a committee position to help your school make important decisions or recruit new students. These unpaid positions can be incredibly rewarding, but also time-consuming.

It will come as no surprise if you grow to love your students and long for their success. You may arrange internships for some of your best students, or write them detailed letters of recommendation so they can get good jobs when they graduate.

Should I be a Library Science Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

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    How to Become a
    Library Science Professor

    Most Library Science Professors have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaabh9&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%282%25%29|master%27s+%2835%25%29|doctorate+%2864%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,64
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