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Employment Opportunities

How do I become a librarian?


Generally, career librarians obtain a master's degree from a library education program accredited by the American Library Association. Although these programs have different names at different schools, such programs are generically referred to as Master of Library Science degrees, or MLS for short. Emporia State University and the University of Missouri - Columbia are the only area universities that offer master's degrees in this field at this time. You might also visit the American Library Association's career resources page or for more information about exploring a career in libraries.

People with varying levels of education and a wide variety of interests work in libraries. Librarians and library workers help people find information and use it effectively for personal and professional purposes. They must have knowledge of a wide array of scholarly and public information sources and must be on the cutting edge of technology trends in order to serve their customers. Mid-Continent Public Library offers a range of career opportunities within a multitude of job classifications, but positions in the Librarian/Professional classification do require an MLS or its equivalent, unless stated otherwise.

*Policy of Non-Discrimination:

All applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected class in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Any applicant requiring an accommodation should contact the Mid-Continent Public Library Human Resources Department at 816.836.5200.

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