Library and Information Science Instructors


Library and Information Science Instructors


Library and information science instructors, also known as library science educators, instruct undergraduate and graduate students in library and information science at colleges and universities. They lecture classes, lead small seminar groups, and create and grade examinations. They also may conduct research, write for publication, and aid in administration. Approximately 5,700 library science educators are employed in the United States.

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Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree



Several years experience



Information Management


Personality Traits



Earnings vary by the size of the school, by the type of school (public, private, women's only, for example), and by the level of position the library science educator holds. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2018, the median salary for library science educators was $71,560, with 10 percent earning $175,110 or more and 10 percent earning $39,760 or less. Those with the highest ea...

Work Environment

A college or university is usually a pleasant place in which to work. Campuses bustle with all types of activities and events, stimulating ideas, and a young, energetic population. Much prestige comes with success as a library and information science instructor and scholar; educators have the respect of students, colleagues, and others in their community.

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment for library science professors will grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2028. College enrollment is projected to grow as more people pursue a higher education. The number of library science educators is small, and competition for full-time, tenure-track positions at four-year schools will be very strong. Library a...