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Since the earliest days of humanity, our species has been obsessed with chronicling information. At first, everything passed through speech in the form of rich oral traditions, with bards making long campfire-lit evenings a little easier to bear. As time went on, humans learned to record their thoughts through crude marks in clay, then more […]

Librarians have come a long way since the Dewey decimal system was first devised in the late 19th century. Today’s librarians are a far cry from the old stereotype of a shushing, judgemental school marm. Depending on the library and its purpose, a modern librarian could organize community events, teach people how to file their […]

Sandra Hirsh, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, joins us today to discuss the information school’s fully online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. #1 Can you tell us about the online MLIS program offered at the San Jose State University School […]

Thank you for all your great feedback! We updated our list to include even more great apps! Although this is the information age, one of the most common places for people to seek information is still the public library. Fortunately, modern libraries have kept up with technological advancements and have integrated computers, the internet, and […]

Back in 2012, Louisiana stopped state aid to public libraries, and Mary Lindsey wondered how her library could continue to offer computers. Lindsey directs the Audubon Regional Library which consists of three branch libraries and a bookmobile that serves more than 30,000 residents about an hour north of Baton Rouge. Those state cuts meant that […]

Looking for professional development opportunities? The San José State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is delighted to share a few upcoming online professional development opportunities designed for information professionals. ALA / SJSU SLIS eCourse The SJSU information school and the American Library Association (ALA) have teamed up to offer advanced eCourses […]

Library 2.013 Conference Sessions Continue to Inspire Information Professionals Worldwide: Session Recordings Freely Available Online! Graduate student Ellen Holt summed up the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference best when she said, “It’s awesome!” As a working professional who is also earning her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the San José State University […]

The American Library Association’s Annual Conference took place between June 27 and July 2. Each summer, tens of thousands of library people take over a host city for days of committee meetings, continuing education sessions, and exhibits. They fill lots of hotels. They descend upon the bars and restaurants. They discuss the latest technologies. They […]

Panelists: Char Booth, Aimee Fifarek, Sarah Houghton, Brewster Kahle, Clifford Lynch, Gary Price Moderator: Lorcan Dempsey SEE ALSO: 25 Greatest Takeaways from ALA 2013 by Kathy Dempsey This program features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts. The panelists will describe changes and advances in […]

Há 25 anos, os bibliotecários do Brasil se engajam no maior evento de Biblioteconomia do país, o Congresso Brasileiro de Biblioteconomia, Documentação e Ciência da Informação. Este ano, ele será realizado em Florianópolis, de 07 a 10 de julho. Além de palestrantes de renome nacional e internacional, o evento conta com visitas técnicas a unidades de […]

There’s no need to pack your suitcase to join thousands of your colleagues, who will be attending the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference. This conference is held entirely online in multiple languages, with sessions scheduled around the clock in multiple time zones, and it is free to boot. If you are seeking professional development that […]

Pode ser que esta seja somente mais uma lista com sugestões de leitura sobre redes sociais digitais – este assunto tão alardeado nos meios de comunicação. Entretanto, das listas que encontrei na web, senti falta de um comentário um pouco mais completo sobre cada obra. Além do mais, estas listas tem mais foco aos profissionais de […]

President Obama this week visited a middle school in North Carolina, where he demonstrated the Internet education programs that he wants to make available around the US. Obama spoke to an audience of giddy teenagers in a warm gymnasium. He called upon the FCC to expand a program that provides high speed Internet to libraries […]

The Library of Congress has published a great number of webcasts from experts, educators, authors and professionals discussing a wide variety of subjects, many of which may be of particular interest to fellow librarians. Here are 15 such webcast productions from the largest library in the world: Publishing the Declaration of Independence – Robin Shields, […]

The field of library and information science has a wide variety of types of jobs available. Most of them are in either public libraries or in the libraries of education institutions such as colleges and universities. This is where the majority of the positions are that offer specializations and the opportunity to work in the […]

With the huge increase in technology in the last decade, earning a library science degree provides you with many exciting career paths. A master’s degree in library science, or Online MLIS, can give you the communications and research tools that you need to not just work in a library, but as a research analyst or […]

The state of California is still one of the most dynamic employment growth states in the country. Even after the latest recession, California still boasts the 9th largest economy in the world, with a gross state product of $1.9 trillion in 2011. The state has the highest rate of employment by US subsidiaries of foreign […]

An advanced degree in library and information studies is vital for future librarians who wish to pursue library careers in schools, government agencies, hospitals, and more. We decide to take a look at the most recently released rankings from U.S. News & World Report and put our own spin on their research. The rankings did not […]

The Harvard Library continues to undergo major changes of leadership during a period of strong reorganization. The provost of the university, Alan Garber, announced this week that Sarah Thomas, who is currently the director of the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, will be moving to Cambridge MA in August to become VP of the Harvard […]

Many libraries are hard at work at building a strong social media presence. But one of the harder aspects of social media is how to really engage with your audience and not just to tell them various things. This is something that we need to learn in all areas of social media, but there is […]

Last week, hundreds of supporters of public libraries gathered in Washington, DC to speak with members of congress about the importance of continuing to fund libraries around the country. From May 7-8, about 400 library supporters, employees, patrons, trustees and educators met with various members of Congress to talk about important library issues during National […]

Meu primeiro post para uma iniciativa declaradamente internacional, a Library Science List. Hoje, todos somos curadores de conteúdo. Tenho um smartphone, um tablet ou o bom e velho computador e mais uma conexão com a internet e pronto! Basta eu divulgar um link, uma foto, um vídeo ou 140 caracteres e lá estou eu fazendo […]

A library media specialist at Discovery Middle School in South Bend, IN, was recently named Teacher of the Year for all of her efforts involving a live TV show broadcast featuring her students each morning. According to media reports, the TV studio and control room are extremely busy just before the morning broadcast every day at […]

The position of a librarian is a very old one indeed. The oldest libraries in the world date back several centuries, and there are many more that existed in ancient times. Librarians have a huge responsibility on their shoulders – they must help patrons find the right books, documents, and information they’re looking for. They […]

With so many rapid changes occurring in technology and social media, librarians need to maintain their role as technology leaders more than ever. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they need to be the first adopters of new tech, but in being early users of the most effective technologies. In order for librarians to help students […]

Badge Available for Use Do libraries need social media? According to the American Library Association’s 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report, the answer is a resounding yes. Libraries have made many changes over the years as technology has evolved, and they continue to embrace new technologies that improve their ability to provide resources to the […]

What can you do with a Master’s of Library Science? By earning your master’s degree in library science at a top program, you will be well prepared to work in many types of libraries, from regular public libraries to speciality and university libraries. You will have the advanced information and research skills that you need […]

Librarians have gotten a bad rap in the past, represented as bookwormish and ‘uncool’. But the fact is that today, librarians are really beginning to build up a name for themselves with their deep knowledge base and their access to huge stores of information. And social media has made it easier than ever to connect […]

Librarians have come up with some innovative ways to use social media, from publishing pictures of edible book contest entries on Pinterest and Flickr to posting library-themed quotes and cartoons. But regardless of how each library uses their social media accounts, the end goal is the same: to get more students to visit the library. […]

Librarianship is a challenging, rewarding, and constantly evolving field of employment. Most people don’t actually realize the wide array of skills that go into becoming a great librarian and it’s important to take the time to master all of the different aspects of librarianship. However, no matter how much education you provide yourself with there […]

The following visualization was adapted from, of a keynote address for the 2012 State University of New York Librarians Association Annual Conference.

For centuries libraries have been one of the hallmarks of major cities as well as minor ones. From public libraries to university institutions, libraries serve as a repository of information and knowledge. Some libraries are a little more well-known, of course. Here are 25 of the most famous ones the planet is home to. The […]

This is our opinion based on our research! Are you thinking about earning a master’s degree in library science? According to recent data, there are many jobs both in libraries and in other fields that a master’s degree in library science will qualify you for. For instance, earning your master’s can qualify you for a […]

Libraries have one of the longest and most important histories in the world. Dating back many centuries, these institutions have always been valued for their devotion to promoting knowledge, information, and education. They not only help provide education for the future but they help to maintain a strong link to the past by archiving millions […]

The Library of Congress is a name that most people recognize, but beyond that it’s possible that you may not know that much about the institution and what it does. However, it’s worth taking a few minutes to learn about it since it’s truly one of the most unique buildings and institutions in the entire […]

“So what should a prospective MLS student do? …when it comes to library school, just pick the cheapest (in state vs. out of state) or most convenient (online vs. on-campus) option that’s available to you. The coursework provides the base and the theory, but it’s experience that will get you a job. If you’re just […]

Librarianship refers to the field of working in a library in various ways. Whether in a basic librarian position or as an administrator, there are numerous positions within the field and numerous types of libraries that one may find employment in. However, while anyone can earn a degree and enter this field, there are certain […]

People who have a master’s degree in library science, or LIS, or MLS, often become librarians, although, as you will see in this introduction, this is not always the case. Library professionals help people locate information from all types of sources. Most librarians, including those who are employed in public and academic libraries, are responsible […]

How do I go about getting a library of science degree online? Are you interested in become a librarian or another related type of information or data professional. Then you should find out what is involved in earning a degree in library science. As a librarian or an information professional, you will help people in public […]

Librarians have far more responsibilities than many people actually realize. The fact is that being a librarian involves a lot more than just putting books on shelves and making sure that the library is used properly. Everything from a good working knowledge of technology to strong people skills are needed to thrive in these positions. […]

What are the Top MLS Degree Programs? Earning a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree will give you a complete foundation in research and practice in the fields of library and information science. With this master’s degree you will learn a set of highly valuable skills that does not merely limit you to working in […]