Section 3.0Training & Education

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3.1 Where can I earn a degree in library science?
The American Library Association,, provides the most up-to-date list of accredited programs in the U.S. For a list of Canadian programs accredited by the ALA see:

Professor Tom Wilson, Head of the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield has compiled a list of international schools of LIS, business information systems, and information technology:

Also see, LIS Schools on the Internet:


3.2 Where can I earn a library technician diploma?   Check out the Library Support Staff Resource Center site at the U of Rochester for a list of schools in the U.S, Canada, Australia and the UK:

The Library Paraprofessional Clearinghouse has information on organizations, conferences, education and employment:  


3.3 Can I take courses or earn an accredited library degree online or through correspondence?

Yes, you can earn an Associate Degree, Diploma, Certificate, or Continuing Education credits through distance and continuing education programs. See:

The Department of Library and Information Studies at the University at Buffalo offers graduate level courses by Internet Distance Learning,

US News and World Report, (, has a list of the "Best Online Grad Schools: Library Science",


3.4 What conferences can I attend to keep my knowledge and skills up to date? Librarian's Datebook, maintained by Barbara Tysinger of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a comprehensive listing of LIS conferences around the world,

I would also suggest visiting the continually updated LIBRES Conferences and Meetings page, .

The ALA's American Libraries Datebook,, has information on conferences, events (like National TV Turnoff Week), workshops and study tours.

And if you need to convince your superiors that you simply must attend a weeklong conference in Barbados on "Tape Dispenser Repair in the Digital Age", see:


3.5 Where can I find rankings of LIS graduate school programs?

The annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate schools, including LIS programs, is available online: The article lists the top 20 programs plus rankings of programs in:


U.S. News & World Report also features an interesting article by Marissa Melton, The modern M.L.S. degree: Library schools today are turning out webmasters, : "Library science is a field transformed by the cyber-revolution.... [and][t]he information technology boom has likewise re-energized university library science departments."


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