Career Services

Students in the MLIS program prepare themselves for a variety of industries and careers. To help them explore and navigate the job search, the Information School provides a number of career resources for students to utilize while they are completing their degree.

These resources include:

  • One-on-one advising with a career advisor
  • Interactive in person and online workshops
  • An online career module with articles and videos covering career preparation topics
  • A career fair
  • Job postings on the iCareers jobs board
  • More!

In addition to the resources offered by iSchool Career Services, there are a number of outside sources that provide information on a variety of library and information sciences jobs, professional organizations, articles and listservs. Please take a look below for a list of resources focused on the library industry. Current students can also visit Module 5 on the MLIS Canvas site, or the main Career Services section of the iSchool website.

Library Job Listings

ALA Employment Opportunities
Contains current and previous listings in American Libraries and College and Research Libraries NewsNet and links to the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, and the LITA job site.

International Librarian Job Postings
Lists Library and Information Science vacancies in UK, Europe, USA, and Worldwide.

Allows you to search through job ads and employer profiles as well as send employers a message or resume to express your interest in working with them.

Library Career Information
Offers advice and lists jobs across the country; maintained by University of Buffalo.

I Need A Library Job
Lists jobs by specialty, by state, agencies, links to non-US jobs, library employment guides and a general job database; an excellent resource maintained my Naomi House.

I Need a Library Job: Washington Listings

Library Job Postings on the Internet
Sorts library jobs by location and type of library; compiled by Sarah L. Nesbeitt, Maxwell Library, Bridgewater State College.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Jobs Page
Provides information for people looking for jobs as well people posting jobs.

MLS-Related Job Listings in U.S.
Maintained by the North Carolina Central University School of Library and Information Science, this site also offers links to several LIS-related listservs.

Employment Resources for Librarians
Links to over 100 job-listing sites for librarians and information science professionals. Positions listed by association, specific employer, multiple employer, by specialty and region. Very comprehensive site with helpful links.

Listservs for Library Jobs

Library Jobs Listserv
Maintained by School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Employment Resources for Librarians Listserv Subscription Information
Includes information about Acrlny-L, Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Florida, Libjob-L, New Mexico, Pacific Northwest Library Association, University of Alberta; maintained by the networked librarian.

An Internet mailing list for employment opportunities for librarians and information professionals, from IFLANET.

A discussion list for librarians new to the profession who wish to share experiences and discuss ideas, issues, trends, and problems faced by librarians in the early stages of their careers. However, this list is also of interest to those who are considering becoming librarians, and for established professionals who might wish to mentor newcomers.

Special Libraries Employment

American Association of Law Libraries 

Art Libraries Society of North America 

Association of Research Libraries 

Music Library Association 

North American Serials Interest Group Job Listings 

SLA Current News Library Job and Internship Openings 

Technology Focused Library & Non-library Jobs

Local Library Job Listings

King County Library System Employment Opportunities

Seattle Public Library 

Pacific Northwest Library Association Job Openings

Sno-Isle Regional Library System 

Timberland Regional Library 

University of Washington Libraries

Oregon and other PNW Library Jobs

Advice and Services

ALA Job Hunting Resources Guide
Offered in person at ALA's annual conference and midwinter meeting or by e-mail year round.

Articles on Librarianship and Careers

Real Job Titles For Library and Information Science Professionals 

Successful Future of the Librarian: Bookperson or Knowledge Worker? 

Truth and Libraries

Academic Library of the Future 

Jumping Off The Disintermediation Bandwagon: Reharmonizing LIS Education for the Realities of the 21st Century

Competencies for Special Librarians 

Learn About Being a School Librarian