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What Does it Take to Be a Library Science Professor?

Example of Library Science Professor Job Teach courses in library science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Life As a Library Science Professor

  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and present findings in professional journals, books, electronic media, or at professional conferences.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Things a Library Science Professor Should Know How to Do

These are the skills Library Science Professors say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Other Library Science Professor Job Titles

  • Medical Records Library Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Information Studies
  • Lecturer
  • Associate Professor of Library Media

Library Science Professor Job Outlook

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. The BLS estimates 500 yearly job openings in this field.

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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.

How much do Library Science Professors make in each U.S. state?

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 & Technology 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

How do I Become a Library Science Professor?

What education is needed to be a Library Science Professor?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Library Science Professor?

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Where do Library Science Professors Work?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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