Librarians

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What is Librarianship?

Employment outlook and opportunities

According to U.S. News & World Report, library and information science ranks as one of the "Best Careers of 2008."[1] The median annual salary for 2007 is reported as $51,400 USD in the United States,[1] with additional salary breakdowns available by metropolitan area, with San Francisco coming in the highest with an average salary of $64,400 and Philadelphia the lowest at $48,200.[1] This is up from the median salaries in 2006 as $49,060 reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The increase can be basically be attributed to keeping pace with inflation. A $49,060 salary in 2006 was adjusted to $50,457.33,[1] and while data is not yet posted for 2008, adding the same rate of inflationary increase for 2008 (1.028%) one could project an inflationary salary adjustment as $51,894.46 for the 2008 fiscal year.[1] In December of 2007, the BLS projected growth for the field at "4 percent between 2006 and 2016", which is "slower than the average for all occupations", because, its authors assert, "As electronic resources become more common and patrons and support staff become more familiar with their use, fewer librarians are needed to maintain and assist users with these resources." [1] Nevertheless, "job opportunities are still expected to be favorable because a large number of librarians are expected to retire in the coming decade."[1]

List of current internships and job opportunities in LIS

Technical handbooks and guides

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