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Are librarians required to have a college education?

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A librarian is typically required to have a master’s degree, which entails first completing an undergraduate degree program. Librarians manage and organize collections of books, journals, newspapers and other data resources and help people find and understand information.

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Becoming a librarian starts with completing a four-year undergraduate degree program from an accredited college or university. Students are typically not required to study a specific major to gain admission into graduate school. There are however minimum grade-point-average requirements and additional requirements such as sitting for interviews, submitting recommendation letters and passing a standardized test.

Librarians typically have a Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information degree. The programs take one to two years to complete, and courses may include cataloging, library management, library collections and research methods.

Some positions require the librarian to pursue concentrations of the field in such areas as school, art or archival librarianship. Many states require school librarians to specialize in library media in addition to obtaining their master’s degree in library science or education.

Many states require public librarians to be licensed. The settings where librarians work include public, academic, private, school and specialty libraries. Successful librarians have strong communication, writing and organizational skills.

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