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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Career in Library and Information Science

Librarianship as a profession provides a variety of employment opportunities. Today there are a number of career prospects in Library and Information Science. The qualified professionals are employed in various libraries and information Centers. Trained library professionals can find opportunities for employment both as teacher and as a Librarian. In fact, it is possible to choose the kind of library to suit one’s interest and background. In Librarianship, designations could be Librarian, Documentation Officer, Assistant Librarian, Deputy Librarian, Scientist (Library Science/ Documentation), Library and Information Officer, Knowledge Manager/ Officer, Information Executive, Director/Head of Library Services, Information Officer, and Information Analyst.

* In School, College, Universities;
* In Central Government Libraries.
* In the training centers of banks.
* In National Museum and Archives;
* In NGOs working in different areas.
* In R&D Centre like ICAR, CSIR, DRDO, ICSSR, ICHR, ICMR, ICFRE, etc.
* In Business Houses.
* In Foreign Embassies and High Commissions.
* In International Centers like WHO, UNESCO, UNO, World Bank etc.
* In the libraries of Ministries and other government departments.
* In National Level Documentation Centers.
* In Library Networks.
* In the newspaper libraries.
* In News Channels.
* In the Libraries of Radio Stations.
* In the Databases provider firms.
* In publishing companies for preparing Index, abstracts, bibliographies etc.
* In various digital library projects like ‘Digital Library of India’ etc.
* In Training Academies.

The role of libraries in providing widespread and inclusive access to knowledge is widely acknowledged. In today’s context, libraries have to play two distinct roles - to serve as a local centre of information and knowledge, and be a local gateway to national and global knowledge. Some of the issues under consideration of National Knowledge Commission are:

* institutional framework of libraries;
* networking;
* education, training and research;
* modernization and computerization of libraries;
* maintenance of private and personal collections and
* staff requirements to meet changing needs.

This commission has recommended the formation for the National Library Commission to strengthen the Library networks in India. The Department of Culture (DoC) has proposed setting up a National Mission for Libraries (NML) as a Central Sector Scheme. The NML will cover libraries under the DoC and the activities under it will include: National Census of Libraries; Modernisation including networking of Libraries under DoC; establishing Knowledge Centres and Digital Libraries. Recently under National Mission for Libraries there is a proposal for establishing 7000 libraries having computers with internet facility across the country.

It was recommended that the initial recruitment should be direct at the level of library and Information Assistant. The qualification requirement would be graduation and BLISc degree. Thus, the scope of librarianship becomes brighter. Career in LIS is multidimensional, ever growing bright and significantly enriching the knowledge base of the society for prosperity and progress.

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