Library Science, BS Ed
Bachelor of Science in Education Degree with a Concentration in Library Science
Why Pursue This Program
The evolving global information society makes library science professionals more important than ever. The online Library Science, BS ED program was designed for those with a passion for enhancing the quality of life in their communities, campuses and schools by strengthening the link among individuals, information and technology.
The changing nature of skills required for 21st-century public, academic and special libraries has created a high demand for well-educated, credentialed, community-wise, digitally-skilled information professionals.
Online Library Science, BS Ed students enjoy:
- Meeting and learning alongside librarian professionals in their geographic area and collaborating with students around the world.
- An accredited, affordable degree that takes a balanced approach to key concepts in public services, technical services and leadership.
- Accessible, award-winning faculty with a deep knowledge of librarianship
- Access to campus services, including library resources, technology services and advising.
- A high-quality undergraduate library science program available online.
The success of this program is demonstrated through our students. Graduates from UNO's Library Science programs enjoy very high employment placement rates upon graduation. In particular, this program boasts an employment placement rate of nearly 100% after graduation. This program has produced nearly a third of all Nebraska library leadership.
Additional opportunities demonstrated by our alumni include:
- Collaborating on projects with faculty members which include in-depth research in academic libraries
- Advocating for clients through law libraries
- Designing and implementing community-wide collaborative projects
- Curating rare collections of materials in museums
- Disseminating information about current treatments in medical libraries
- Supporting innovation in business and industry through corporate libraries
Job outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 13% growth from 2012 to 2022 for library assistants, 9.8% for library science teachers and 7.83% for librarians in the state of Nebraska. Nationally, the projected growth rate for librarian/information jobs is 7%, including 13,580* new librarian/information specialist jobs over the next 7 years.
The need for library professionals is often greatest in rural areas, where the role of the library is a central fixture in these communities.
Career paths may include public, academic, law, medical and corporate libraries and include (but are not limited to) the following job titles:
- Academic librarian
- Media archivist
- Law librarian
- Public library director
- Youth Services Librarian
- Technical Services specialist
- Medical librarian
- Digital archivist
- Technology coordinator
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.