Fine Arts and Visual Resources Librarianship: A Directory of Library Science Degree Programs in North America

 

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About this Report:

In 2008, the Professional Development Committee of ARLIS/NA undertook a project to update the 1995 publication Library Schools in the United States and Canada: Educational Opportunities for Careers in Fine Arts and Visual Resources Librarianship. Members of the PDC crafted a survey composed of a broad range of questions, aimed at helping prospective students determine the range and depth of course offerings and support services available to those interested in art librarianship, visual resources, and related careers. 

This online publication compiles and presents the extensive survey information from 39 of the 56 ALA accredited library science programs in North America and includes at least concise information about each North American program. This free, online publication is intended to provide useful information to those seeking a master's degree in library and information science with the goal of entering into art librarianship or visual resources as a career. Program entry information 

The library and information science program entries in this new publication expand the fields of information from the 1995 Library Schools in the United States and Canada: Educational Opportunities for Careers in Fine Arts and Visual Resources Librarianship to include internships, campus resources, deadlines and financial assistance. The sections below are included in each full entry. 

  • Programs Offered: Lists the major LIS programs and specializations.
  • Specialized Courses Offered: Lists specific courses in art and visual resources librarianship and how they are offered (evening, day, off-site, distance education).
  • Credit and Exemption: Details how credits will transfer from other departments and schools.
  • Internships: Lists the number and type of internships/practicums available.
  • Campus Resources: Lists cultural resources such as museums or galleries available to students.
  • Admission deadlines: Details semester deadlines for application.
  • Financial Assistance: Lists the types of funding and assistance available and deadlines for application. 

Compiled by Sarah Carter, Rebecca Cooper, and Karan Rinaldo