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Graduate School

Choosing a Program

There are many schools that offer a Master's degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS). Make sure the school is accredited by the American Library Association. 

Fast Track Your Degree

Syracuse University's iSchool offers the Fast Track Program to Le Moyne undergraduates. By taking graduate courses your senior undergraduate year and completing one full year of graduate study you may quickly earn your LIS degree.

iSchool's Fast Track Program

Resources for Finding LIS Graduate Programs:

List of ALA-accredited LIS Programs

ALA's Guidelines for Choosing a Program


What Do Librarians Do?

There are many different types of libraries and many different positions a librarian may have. Some of the types of library are:

  • Academic Library
  • Public Library
  • School Library (K-12)
  • Special Library

Some of the jobs that librarians may have are:

  • Access Services/Circulation
  • Reference/Instruction
  • Collection Development
  • Cataloging
  • Programming
  • Reader's Advisory
  • Archiving

For more information about library jobs, types of libraries, and other factors of librarianship go to ALA's LibraryCareers website.

Look at the Librarians Occupational Outlook Handbook for data on the job outlook for librarians.


The Future for Librarians

Professional Organizations

Library Associations are a great way to get introduced to the field and offer opportunities for networking and professional development. 

  • American Library Association
    ALA is the country's largest organization of librarians. It also includes member groups for different specializations.
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
    ACRL is the higher education association for librarians. It is the largest division of ALA.
  • New York Library Association
    NYLA is the oldest state library association in the country and represents school, college, special and public libraries, library staff, trustees, and students from around the state.
  • Special Libraries Association
    SLA is an international association that provides networking and professional development for librarians in nontraditional settings.

Talk to a Librarian

Feel free to talk to any of the librarians here at Le Moyne to find out more about librarianship. They would be more than happy to talk with you.

Contact Library Staff


Work at the Library

Want to get experience working in a library? Work here at Le Moyne!

Work at the Library

Look for Jobs

Get a sense of what's out there in the field with current job postings.

Noreen Reale Falcone Library Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214 tel: 315-445-4153 • fax: 315-445-4642

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