LIS Group

Library & Information Science Professional's Group

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Career in Library and Information ScienceCareer in Library and Information Science

Library science (often termed library studies or library and information science) is an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary field that applies the practices, perspectives, and tools of management, information technology, education, and other areas to libraries; the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information resources; and the political economy of information.

Historically, library science has also included archival science. This includes how information resources are organized to serve the needs of select user group, how people interact with classification systems and technology, how information is acquired, evaluated and applied by people in and outside of libraries as well as cross-culturally, how people are trained and educated for careers in libraries, the ethics that guide library service and organization, the legal status of libraries and information resources, and the applied science of computer technology used in documentation and records management.

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

  1. Librarian,
  2. Documentation Officer,
  3. Assistant Librarian,
  4. Deputy Librarian
  5. Scientist (Library Science/ Documentation)
  6. Library and Information Officer
  7. Knowledge Manager/ Officer
  8. Information Executive
  9. Director/Head of Library Services
  10. Information Officer
  11. Information Analyst

Librarianship employment opportunities in–

  • In School, College, University Libraries;
  •  In Central Government Libraries.
  •  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 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 Library Networks.
  •  In the newspaper libraries.
  •  In News Channels.
  • In publishing companies for preparing Index, abstracts, bibliographies etc.