Master of Library and Information Science Two year Integrated Program
By Neetha Devan NV
Assistant Professor, DLIS, RCSS
The profession of Library and Information Science is evolved from Library Science, Documentation, Information Science and so on. In some western universities, it is categorized under Information Technology.
Public Libraries are popularly known as People’s Universities because the entire residents in a society are being informed or taught by the public library. There is no limit in subjects or services covered by these libraries. It is ranging from children’s literature to farming, health, education, career, industry and so on.
M.LIB.ISc Program Career Options
An M.LIB.ISc qualified candidate can find jobs in both public and private sectors at organizations with large information handling requirements, foreign embassies, museums, galleries, news agencies, photo/film libraries, schools, colleges, universities, etc. Have a look at various job profiles related to M.LIB.ISc course below:
Archivist: An archivist is a professional who is responsible for assembling, cataloguing, preserving as well as managing valuable collections of historical information. An archivist can work with a range of public and private sector organizations for various roles.
Cataloguer: A cataloguer is a professional who prepares the catalog of different materials at a library. The professional prepares bibliographic and item records for journals, monographs, and other library material.
Consultant: A library consultant consults as well as provides administrative assistance in problem solving and governing boards related to library plans, management, governance, funding, etc.
Curator: A curator is responsible for assembling, classifying, managing and presenting the collection of books in a library.
Deputy Librarian: A deputy librarian supports the work of Assistant Librarian as well as Library Assistant. The professional usually reports on library improvement, development and budgeting issues.
Library Director: A director checks books in and out for customers, oversees employees and staff members and ensures the smooth running of the daily operations of the library. The responsibilities of a director increases according to the size of the library.
Electronic Resources Librarian: An e-resources librarian is responsible for the smooth running of electronic resources of a library including databases, e-books, streaming videos, etc. The professional also manages serials including ordering, maintaining as well as receiving serials in print and electronic formats.
Indexer: An indexer reviews a variety of documents and compiles indexes to make information searches easier. An indexer works with different documents including books, periodicals, reports, manuscripts, websites, DVDs, audio recordings, literature, etc.
Information Architect: The major responsibility of an information architect is to make sure the library websites are user friendly and develop other web-based applications in the library.
Library Assistant: A library assistant compiles records, rectifies shelves, and performs the circulation task of issue return like pictures, cards, slides etc. The assistant also locates library books and materials and arrange them back in shelves, stacks, or files as per the identification number and title.
Assistant Librarian: An assistant librarian under the supervision of a senior librarian provides different public, technical, and clerical services such as information service, reader’s advisory, circulation services, copy cataloging, presenting programs, administrative support, etc.
Library Science Teacher: A library science teacher prepares as well as delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on different topics related to library science. The teacher also prepares different course plans and course related materials such as syllabus and homework assignments.
Law Librarian: A law librarian is a professional who works for law schools or law firms and provides complete support to law library users. Their major job responsibilities include managing different library operations, helping with research, monitoring budgets, etc.
Skillset for M.LIB.ISc. Candidates