Postsecondary Library Science Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Teach courses in library science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Common job titles of Postsecondary Library Science Teachers include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 65.24% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 24.57% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, giving presentations at conferences, and serving on committees in professional associations.

    Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

    Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

    Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

    Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

    Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

    Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as collection development, archival methods, and indexing and abstracting.

    Act as advisers to student organizations.

    Participate in campus and community events.

    Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

    Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

    Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

    Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

    Select and invite guest speakers to speak to classes.

    Edit manuscripts for professional journals.

    Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and present findings in professional journals, books, electronic media, or at professional conferences.

    Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

    Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

    Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

    Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

    Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

    Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

    Develop and teach online courses.

    Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

    Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.


Wireless microphones


Videoconferencing equipment

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Television monitors

Tablet computers

Student response systems

All Tools

Projector screens

Poster printers

Photocopying equipment

Overhead data projectors

Opaque projectors

Multimedia projection equipment

Multi-line telephone systems

MP3 digital voice recorders

Microphone podiums

Liquid crystal display LCD televisions

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboard controllers

Handheld microphones

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital calculators

Desktop computers

Conference telephones

Computer projectors

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners

Compact disk CD players

Compact digital cameras

Carousel slide projectors


Google Docs



Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library

Blackboard Learn

Calendar and scheduling software

Collaborative editing software

All Technologies

Database management system software



EBSCO Information Services Academic Search Premier

EBSCO Information Services Library Literature and Information Science Index

EBSCO Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts LISTSA

EBSCO OmniFile FullText Mega

Elsevier ScienceDirect

Emerald Insight Emerald Management Xtra

Extensible stylesheet language transformations XSLT

Gale Cengage Learning Associations Unlimited

Image scanning software

iParadigms Turnitin


Learning management system LMS


Library of Congress online databases


Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science ODLIS

ProQuest ABI/INFORM Global

ProQuest ERIC

ProQuest Library and Information Science Abstracts LISA

Sakai CLE

Social networking platforms

Thomson Reuters Web of Science


Web conferencing software


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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