Becoming a School Librarian

At the outset it must be acknowledged that not all school librarians hold a professional qualification.  Some school librarians are also teachers.  Others have become school librarians through experience and their love of reading.

Full time courses

University College Dublin

The majority of school librarians in Ireland will have qualified at the UCD School of Information & Library Studies. There is a one year postgraduate course entitled Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies. In addition, there is a one year masters degree course entitled Master of Library and Information Studies.

There is also an undergraduate degree programme which runs on a modular basis.

Dublin Business School (DBS)

DBS now offer an MSc in Information & Library Management on both a full-time and part-time basis.

Part time courses

University of Ulster

There is a one-year, part-time course Postgraduate Certificate in Library and Information Management.

Distance learning

University of Wales, Aberystwyth

This university offers a few possibilities. The Department of Information Studies offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

This university offers online courses including the MSc in Information and Library Studies. It has post-graduate Diploma and Masters courses with the added benefit of having a work experience placement on the full-time course.

Useful Links

Other useful links for pursuing your career as a School Librarian.

QualifaX : The National Courses Database is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in Ireland.
UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. publishes news and information about libraries in Ireland. School Librarian vacancies are often published here.
Graduate Careers Ireland (GCI) is the professional association for careers services in higher education in Ireland, north and south.

Professional organizations

The Library Association of Ireland is the professional body representing libraries and librarianship in Ireland.
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the UK.

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