Are Students Really Entering Careers in Librarianship?
Schools of Library and Information Science (LIS) have often promoted alternative
careers as a marketing tool and some students enroll in LIS schools specifically to explore
alternative careers. The literature on LIS career patterns continues to suggest that those nontraditional careers are desirable and viable alternatives. Yet the survey research based
literature indicates that very few LIS graduates report finding employment outside traditional
libraries in the U.S. and Canada. This paper reviews [PDF] the challenges of obtaining more
accurate information on the career patterns of LIS graduates and discusses the international
implications for analyzing career patterns for LIS school graduates.