Career Paths in Library & Information Sciences

  • Preparing the next generation of information professionals and changemakers.

Career Paths in Library and Information Science

An MLIS from the University of Maryland will take you far.

The fully American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Maryland (UMD) prepares students for careers in a plethora of fields - including government, higher education, archives, museums, libraries, startups, and many other organizations engaged in information activities.

 

 

 

 

Where do our graduates work?

The latest Library Journal Placements and Salaries Report, which tracks the job placement of alumni within six months of graduation, revealed that UMD MLIS graduates who graduated in 2018 are working in the following fields (with real examples included below).

  • Academic libraries
  • Government libraries (state or federal government agencies)
  • Archives/Special collections
  • Public libraries
  • Museums
  • Information technology
  • Non-profit organizations other than a library
  • School libraries
  • Corporate organizations

The majority of our MLIS graduates work for academic institutions and elementary/secondary school, with archives/special collections and government libraries also having strong representation. There has been significant growth in the past few years of graduates working in the technology sector.

Alumni Interviews

MLIS graduates are prepared to be leaders in their chosen field. Students graduate from the program with an impressive and diverse set of skills which set them apart from other applicants. Graduates reported that the most valuable skills they learned in the MLIS program were:

Alumni Spotlight: The Work of an Ivy League Librarian - Tara Custer MLS ‘15

Alumni Spotlight: A Librarian’s Journey to Finding Her Calling - Amelia Nuss, MLS 2010

Alumni Spotlight: How an iSchool Alumna Helps Fight Plagiarism - Terry Darr, MLS '06

Alumni Spotlight: Independent Scholar Who Strives to Be an Autodidact – David B. Levy, MLS ‘94

Alumni Spotlight: The Endless Opportunities in Librarianship - Mary Ellen Icaza MLS ‘98

Alumni Spotlight: From Law School to iSchool - Laura Moorer MLS'12

Working in Libraries – Like Mother, Like Daughter

Facts and Figures

Average time to degree for LBSC/LBSO Students

Academic Year

Average Time to Degree

Median Time to Degree

2019-

2.3

1.9

2018-2019

2.2

2.0

2017-2018

2.3

2.0

2016-2017

2.0

1.9

2015-2016

2.3

1.9

2014-2015

2.3

2.0

2013-2014

2.2

2.0

2012-2013

2.3

2.0

2011-2012

1.9

1.7

2010-2011

2.3

1.7

 

Acceptance Rates [LBSC, LBSO, HILS]

Semester

Applications Received

Acceptance Rate

Fall 2013

314

78.7%

Fall 2014

278

88.5%

Fall 2015

235

88.0%

Spring 2016

31

77.4%

Fall 2016

141

78.7%

Spring 2017

51

76.5%

Fall 2017

150

82.0%

Spring 2018

62

82.3%

Fall 2018

210

80.1%

Spring 2019

82

81.7%

Fall 2019

228

71.9%

Spring 2020

74

81.1%