Career Services

At SLIS the faculty and staff understand that the job market is competitive.  Opportunities to hone your skills both in the LIS field and for the job hunt are integrated throughout the program, from practice job talks in classes, to workshops on writing winning job applications, to one-on-one career advice from professionals in the field, we support you in becoming a competent professional and a competitive applicant throughout your time in the program.

While national trends indicate that  the LIS job market is competitive, the majority of UW-Madison SLIS graduates find jobs in libraries, archives or other information agencies prior to graduation or within six months of graduating. We are proud to be #2 in job placement for the second year in a row according to the Library Journal Annual Salaries and Placement Report.  To learn more about SLIS grads on the job market, read the annual SLIS employment data report.

If you are exploring the profession, learn more about library and archives careers by visiting websites of professional associations.

While you are a student, take advantage of the SLIS career seminar series, subscribe to the UW-Madison SLIS Career Services Wiki and the Badger Career Network; receive individual career advising; and utilize the career resources presented in this section of the website.  


SLIS Alum?  The Career Services Wiki is available to you too!  Subscribe and access recent workshop and expert panel recordings, samples of successful job applications for a variety of library and information positions, and how-to articles and resources to help you get that next position!