Associate Degree in Library Science: Program Overview

Get information on associate's degree programs in library science as well as career options for graduates. Read on to learn about education prerequisites, curriculum and continuing education opportunities.

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Essential Information

Most librarians need a master's degree in library science before they can find employment in the field. However, some schools do offer associate's degree programs in library science. These programs introduce students to libraries and information systems.

Students enrolled in a 2-year associate's degree program in library science must complete general education courses in addition to core library science courses. They learn how to assist librarians in acquiring materials and locating resources. Graduates are prepared to apply for positions as library technicians or to transfer credits to a bachelor's degree program in library science.

Education Prerequisites

Individuals who are interested in becoming library technicians or assistants should first be sure to earn a high school diploma. Schools offering associate's degree programs in the field also require students to be familiar with computer technologies.

Program Coursework

Many courses provide aspiring library technicians with the practical tools and skills necessary to earn a position in the field while at the same time providing them with a solid general education background. Some examples of core courses include:

  • Introduction to library technician
  • Care of library materials
  • Library technical services
  • Library media services
  • Library acquisitions
  • Library automation

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Local libraries, government libraries, schools and other information resource centers employed more than 100,000 library technicians in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The median annual salary for library technicians in that year was reported to be $30,660. The highest-paying states in the field were the District of Columbia, California and Alaska.

Certification and Continuing Education

No certification or licensure is required to become a library technician in the United States. Those individuals who are interested in becoming librarians must complete a baccalaureate degree in any field as well as a master's degree in library science.

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    Areas of study you may find at University of Cincinnati include:
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      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate
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    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
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      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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    • Pennsylvania (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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    • Rhode Island (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Brown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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      • Educational Administration and Supervision
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    • North Carolina (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Duke University include:
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      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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    Areas of study you may find at University of Notre Dame include:
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      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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    • Columbia (D.C.) (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Georgetown University include:
      • Graduate: First Professional Degree, Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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    Areas of study you may find at Vanderbilt University include:
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      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
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