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M.S. in Library and Information Science

With Specialization in Public Librarianship

In the age of the Internet there’s no shortage of information. What counts today is access to reliable information in a readily usable format. The job of a Public Librarian is to connect users to the right resources, so that people of all ages and circumstances can find what they need to improve their lives – whether they are researching a work or school assignment, hunting for a job, exploring a health problem, looking for entertainment, seeking inspiration, or just satisfying their curiosity.

From helping scholars navigate complex databases to reading storybooks to pre-schoolers, public librarians are educators, problem-solvers and social facilitators to entire communities.

Employment Opportunities

Government statistics predict a steady rise in employment for well-prepared librarians over the next decade, with openings in public and government libraries, schools and colleges, museums and other public institutions. The skills in demand range from mastery of the latest electronic technology to managing staff to listening and responding to the needs of people from all walks of life. The Palmer School of Library and Information Science has been cited by the “Library Journal” for having a high placement of its graduate in public libraries. In addition, our alumni are cited among the highest paid librarians and information specialists in the country.

Degree Program

The 36-credit Master of Science in Library and Information Science program – accredited by the American Library Association – offers you an opportunity to specialize in Public Librarianship from among four primary tracks:

  • Public Library-General
  • Adult Services and Reference Services
  • Youth Services
  • Technology Services

The Palmer School also offers the 15-credit Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration with cooperating library systems throughout New York state. Students interested in public libraries may also consider the Palmer School’s Rare Books and Special Collections and Archives and Records Management programs.