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Library and Information Service

Library and information services as a concentration prepares the student to perform and manage a wide range of tasks in libraries and information centers of different types. With a generalist background, a graduate might pursue a career as a reference librarian, a cataloger, an indexer, an Internet librarian, a vendor representative, an independent library consultant or entrepreneur, or a manager of public or technical services in public, academic, or special libraries or in the information industry.

The CUA School of Library and Information Science offers a variety of courses that focus on library and information services. Each student will take four required core courses along with appropriate mid-level and advanced courses. The student will consult with his/her advisor to determine which courses will best meet his/her personal and professional needs. Required core courses for all students are:

In addition to the required core courses, students can build a concentration in library and information services by choosing among the following specialty and elective courses:

Suggested specialty courses should be chosen according to the student's career interests, and could include:

Associations of interest to students in Library and Information Services

Professional associations for librarianship are important sources of information about the profession, continuing education opportunities, scholarship support, and networking. Most have student membership rates. For further information contact:

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies / American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611


American Society for Information Science
8720 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(phone) 301-495-0900

(fax) 301-495-0810

Special Libraries Association
1700 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

202-234-7400 (phone)
202-265-9317 (fax)

State and Regional Library Associations

Publications of interest include:

American Libraries
Bulletin of the American Society of Information Science
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Library Journal
Library Trends
Special Libraries
State and regional library journals, newsletters, and Internet resources

Revised, February 1997

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