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LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

By on Nov. 24, 2017

1. Career Overview

A career in Library and Information science involve gathering, conservation, organization/classification and dissemination of information in the form, old and new, Journals, books, periodicals, slides, maps, databases, microfilms, audio and video cassettes, CDs, E-books, the Internet and Virtual Libraries.  These information resources are required for reference, research, education or entertainment.   Lately, librarians are trained in computer technology for developing databases, documentation and record preservation. 

A course in Library and information science cover the following areas:

• bibliography,

• classification and cataloging systems,

• preservation of old ancient manuscript,

• research methodology,

• indexing,

• archives management,

• information processing,

• statistics,

• knowledge management,

• database management and information architecture. 

Library science encompasses the latest techniques for preserving and storing information for dissemination for various purposes.

2. Role Models

Some of the greatest personalities of mankind have been a Librarian at one stage of their lives. 

• Benjamin Franklin FRS who was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.  He was a Librarian, Statesman, Diplomat and musician all rolled-in-one. 

• Marcel Proust, the great French novelist, essayist and critic have also been a Librarian. Another great Librarian was David Hume.  He went on to become a historian, philosopher, diplomat and economist.

• Girls can take inspiration from Ms.Laura Bush who was the wife of Geroge W. Bush, Ex-president of the US.  Ms.Bush took an active interest in Education and her credentials include being an author, teacher and a Librarian.  She was ranked 76th among one of the most influential female role models of all times.

• Even in the ancient ages, people like Laozi, a great philosopher and poet of China have been Archivists of books.

It seems as if these great persons were inspired from being surrounded by rows and rows of tomes with powerful words/worlds inside them.

3. Education Track

A minimum qualification of Class 12 is required to take up a graduation course in Library and Information science.

3.1 Undergraduate Entry Point 3.1.1 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must have passed 10+2 with minimum qualifying marks in any displine.

3.1.2Benefits

- exciting and lucaritive career is on the anvil.

- Library and Information has held top rankings of the “Best Careers of 2008”

- introduces the subject at an early stage

- Plenty of Job opportunities even after completion of graduation.

3.1.3 Challenges

- The librarian’s job keeps changing and evolving. Adaptability to current needs is the key.

- Graduate degree is not enough to keep abreast of the latest technological advances in Library science.

3.2 Post Graduate Entry Point

3.2.1 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates possessing a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information science are eligible to do Masters in this course. Students from other streams can do their masters in Library sciences if their score is above 50%.

Some Universities, like the University of Kerala, conduct entrance tests and admission is given to students who score more than 40% in the test.

3.2.1 Benefits of Post Graduate Entry

- Student can become a data miner for a large organization

- Student becomes eligible to study further either MPhil or PhD.

- Students become well-equipped to cater to the unique information needs of the present generation.

- Students are uptodate with the latest in the field of Information technology.

3.2.2 Challenges of Post Graduate Entry

- Students from other disciplines may find it difficult to continue.

- Student need to keep on updating on the latest trends as this sector is constanly evolving and the information needs keep changing

4. Specialization or Branches

Students can either take up further studies and complete MPhil or PhD. In Librarary sciences

Students can also do diploma courses offered by various universities like Indira Gandhi Open University and Delhi college, Faridabad.

5. Career Path

New recruits growth begins from Junior assistant to Assistant Librarian then Chief Librarian and Records Manager.  They can reach the position of Director or the head of the Information department at the last level.

A graduation in Library and Information sciences open up opportunities for these Library positions.

1. Library Assistant

2. Junior Assistant

3. Junior Information Analyst

4. Semi professional Assistant

5. Professional Assistant

6. Cataloguer/Technical Assistant or Records Manager

7. Indexer

8. Archivist

9. Information Architect

10. Assistant Librarian

11. Chief Librarian

12. Researcher/ Application Specialist

13. Senior Information Analyst

14. Consultant Librarian

15. Information Architect

16. Director or head of Information center

Students can seek employment at most of the above mentioned positions in the following high places.:

• Public Government Libraries

• Museums and Galleries

• News Agencies

• Special Libraries

• Foreign embassies

• Educational institutions like – Schools, Colleges and Universities

• Research and Development centers like ICAR, ICSSR, CSIR, ICFRE, IHCR etc

• Special Institutions like National Council of Education and training

• Photo, Television, film and radio archives

• Multi- company organizations which require large information requirements

• International organizations like World Bank, UNO, UNESCO and WHO

The students who have finished a M.LiSC or PhD in the same stream and have also cleared JRF-Net can join as lecturers in colleges and universities.