Being a librarian is not like the old days when the most important task was keeping the reading room quiet. Today’s modern librarian has to be widely versed in a range of disciplines in order to help people find the information they seek.

There’s more to it than just loving books—although that certainly helps. Knowing how to conduct the right kind of research matters most. That’s why getting a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree is key to working in this demanding profession. To launch their careers, would-be librarians are increasingly turning to online masters degree programs.

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at LIU Post was rated by Master’s Programs Guide as No. 17 on its list of the nation’s 50 best programs.  The Palmer School offers a Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) degree program with a School Library Media specialization completely online.

The ranking is a composite of several important validators of quality, including U.S. News and World Report, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the  iSchools consortium, and the American Library Association. Three criteria determined which programs made the grade: affordability and accessibility, accreditation and commendation, student support services and specializations.

At LIU, students come to learn that “the school library represents the buried treasure at the core of our civilization.” The MSLIS degree program requires 36-credit hours to graduate. LIU Post also provides a fully online 18-credit hour Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management.

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