Working in Alternative Careers
Other things you can do with a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Degree in Saskatchewan
A Master of Library and Information Science degree prepares students for work in non-library settings as well as libraries.
Librarians often pursue careers as:
- Book publishing workers who use their knowledge of books to choose and edit manuscripts;
- Chief information officers who decide which information technology a business needs and how employees will share information;
- Content managers who find and organize material for online communities;
- Database administrators who organize, update, and store data using extensive programming skills;
- Information brokers who conduct research for people who contract for it;
- Salesworkers who sell software and other products to libraries;
- Taxonomists who work for data processing and e-commerce companies by classifying information and putting it in appropriate categories;
- Webmasters who design, maintain, and program websites, and;
- Records managers chart the life cycle of information production.
Librarians are not the only people who can do these jobs but librarians are unique in that they apply library principles and knowledge to the work.
Librarians in an alternative setting, such as an information technology office, may have day to day work that is similar to a librarian’s work. They work with records management and document management as a traditional librarian would. As well, they are responsible for information development, information protection, information use and sharing, information services and access, and accountability. Alternative settings for librarians can be found in both the private and public sectors.