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What Does it Take to Be a Library Science Professor?

Job Description: Teach courses in library science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A Day in the Life of a Library Science Professor

  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.

What Every Library Science Professor Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Library Science Professors say are important on the job.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Types of Library Science Professor Jobs

  • Librarian
  • Archival Studies Professor
  • Library Science Instructor
  • Library Science Professor
  • Indexing Specialist

Is There Job Demand for Library Science Professors?

There were about 6,000 jobs for Library Science Professor in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 500 new jobs for Library Science Professor by 2026. There will be an estimated 500 positions for Library Science Professor per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Library Science Professor are Arkansas, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Watch out if you plan on working in Illinois, South Carolina, or Oregon. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Library Science Professor

The typical yearly salary for Library Science Professors is somewhere between $45,010 and $111,230.

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Library Science Professors who work in Maryland, Washington, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Library Science Professors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $76,660
Arkansas $66,090
California $99,110
Colorado $71,830
Florida $78,540
Georgia $57,770
Idaho $63,170
Illinois $69,760
Indiana $77,420
Iowa $75,690
Kentucky $63,080
Louisiana $64,130
Maryland $100,740
Michigan $88,030
Minnesota $74,600
Mississippi $61,710
Missouri $73,100
Montana $64,460
New Jersey $76,200
New York $84,610
North Carolina $72,410
Ohio $71,410
Oklahoma $65,360
Oregon $79,670
Pennsylvania $75,290
South Carolina $75,680
Tennessee $70,720
Texas $68,960
Utah $70,430
Washington $99,390

What Tools do Library Science Professors Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Library Science Professors may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • MySQL
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Google Docs
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • PHP: Hypertext preprocessor
  • LexisNexis
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Learning management system LMS
  • Blackboard Learn
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Course management system software

Becoming a Library Science Professor

Are there Library Science Professors education requirements?

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What work experience do I need to become a Library Science Professor?

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Library Science Professors Sector

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The table below shows the approximate number of Library Science Professors employed by various industries.

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