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The image of a librarian buried deep in stacks of books is changing. The job profile of a librarian is considered a little boring and uninteresting. But as technology has and is changing so many aspects of our life, it is changing the work profile of librarians too.

The 21st century is referred to as one belonging to knowledge economy. And in the knowledge economy, information and data plays a crucial role. Whether it is the software companies designing products and services, or government agencies involved in devising policies to reach out to the citizens, they all need information to make better decisions. Those professionals who are trained and have the right set of skills can make a significant difference between the success and failure of any initiative.

The designation of librarians is also undergoing a change. They are referred to Information Officers, Documentation Officers, Information Scientists or Managers. Being in charge of libraries with books in physical form as well digital format, they procure, organize, maintain, catalogue and share them with those who need them. Today’s libraries handle many other media apart from books like periodicals, journals, micro-films, audio files, videos, power point presentations and so on. Libraries have also stepped out from the physical confines of a building as technology is helping them network with other libraries not only within the countries but also internationally. The world is a big library now.

Who can opt for a career as a librarian

  • You are an information guzzler, which means you scour various sources to access information in different fields
  • You enjoy collecting information, sorting it out, cataloguing it, disseminating it
  • You have a keen interest in books and have like reading books on a variety of subjects
  • You like helping people and can anticipate their needs as they pursue their ambitions
  • You are organised and methodical and do not get overwhelmed with the mountains of information that flows through your desk or a computer
  • You have the ability to work technology
  • You can self-learn as the tools and practices are upgrades quickly and frequentlyCourse Path
    Study any stream till 12th

    Certificate courses and diplomas after 12th 3 to 6 months
    Bachelor’s in Library and Information Science after graduation 1 year
    Master’s 2 years
    MPhil 1 year
    Note: If you would like to work in pharma companies, universities libraries where science, engineering, medicine programs are offered, then a science degree at the graduate level would be more appropriate
    If you prefer to work in organizations that are involved in offering programs in liberal arts, are involved in developmental activities like some international organizations or not-for-profit organizations, a liberal arts graduate degree is more relevant

 A representative list of jobs in the field of Library Science

  • Public/Government libraries
  • Schools, Colleges, Universities, Research institutions, foundations, consultancies, think-tanks
  • News agencies and organisations, in print as well as electronic media
  • Private organizations and specialized libraries
  • Foreign embassies
  • Software companies
  • Information centers/documentation centers
  • Museums and galleries, which have reading rooms and research facilities

Some Institutions offering courses in the field
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resource (NISCAIR) New Delhi
Documentation Research & Training Centre (DRTC) Bengaluru
Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (Website: www.bhu.ac.in)
University of Delhi, Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi
Panjab University
Gujarat University
Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu
Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
Andhra University
Bangalore University, Bangalore
Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
Osmania University Campus , Hyderabad
Lucknow University, Lucknow

Distance Education
Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi 

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad
Kota Open University, Kota, Rajasthan
Nalanda Open University, Patna, Bihar
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik, Maharashtra 
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata