Career as Librarian

Career as Librarian

"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one."

— Source Unknown

Today’s librarians are information experts, they ensure that people get the relevant information in minimum time with least effort. The modern librarian can be termed as knowledge manager. With the advent of information technology, the traditional concept is being revised to include new-age tools of information like CDs, Internet, e-libraries etc.

Traditionally, a librarian is associated with collections of books. Modern day librarians have evolved themselves to meet social and technological needs. They may deal with information in many formats, including books, magazines, newspapers, audio recordings (both musical and spoken-word), video recordings, maps, manuscripts, photographs and other graphic material, bibliographic databases, web searching, and digital resources. A librarian may provide other information services, including computer provision and training, coordination of public programs, basic literacy education, assisted equipment for people with disabilities, and help with finding and using community resources.

The modern librarian is the manager of an enormous warehouse thus research and computer skills are important. Librarians who specialize in medicine or law will find their professions more lucrative than general librarians. A large part of his or her job is research. Librarians are challenged daily to find creative ways of retrieving a different information; and how well they can satisfy these requests determines their success and satisfaction in the profession.



Courses and Eligibility

  • Certificate Course in Library Science
  • Diploma in Archives & Documentation
  • Diploma in Library Science (DLSc) Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLISc)
  • Bachelor of Library Science (BLSc)
  • Master of Library & Information Science (MLISc)
  • Master of Library Science (MLSc)
  • M.Phil
  • PhD

Graduates from any stream can take a Bachelor’s degree in library science which is a one-year course. The Master’s degree course in library science is also of one year for this the eligibility is bachelors course in library sciences. There are also diploma and certificate courses.

Where To Study

  1. University of Delhi, Delhi
  2. National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resource (NISCAIR), New Delhi
  3. Indian National Scientific Documentation Center (INSDOC), New Delhi
  4. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  5. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
  6. Bangalore University, Jnana Bharathi, Bangalore
  7. Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
  8. Punjab University, Chandigarh
  9. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  10. University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  11. Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi
  12. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  13. M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara
  14. Devi Ahilya university, Indore
  15. University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
  16. University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Mumbai
  17. SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
  18. Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam
  19. Indira Gandhi National Open University (I.G.N.O.U.), New Delhi
  20. Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar,Tamil Nadu

Pay and Remuneration

At the entry level the pay and remuneration is not that high but a post graduate librarian can earn around Rs 2-2.5 lakhs in the beginning. At senior levels the salaries are good and comparable to asst professors. Those employed with corporate earn much more but their work pressure is quite high.

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