Career As Librarian

If you are somebody who is organized and like working with people and passionate about the value of knowledge and Information………. Then the job of librarian might be best for you.

“The Librarian is a person trained in library science and responsible for running of library services in public libraries, colleges, universities and schools.”

Previously this profession was known as “Librarianship”. At present, librarians are no longer engaged in managing bookshelves only, but they also look after for electronic information resources too.

Today a librarian is also entitled as “Information Manager”, “Cybarians” and “Information Scientists”.

In history, Ashurbanipal was the first individual who introduces librarianship as a profession. The Sumerians were the first clerks who are trained to keep records of accounts.

The advancement of technology in libraries has a major impact on the roles of the librarian. They keep track of newly advanced features, databases, etc.

librarian as career

The competition among students is increasing for various competitive exams. Students search books and study material for study from various sources so, the library is the very first source which strikes in the student’s mind. To become librarian you should have some skills like communication, how to organize things, knowledge of books, etc. You should also have the knowledge of electronic devices used as an information source.

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Scope As Librarian

At present, Librarians are highly demanded in both government and private sectors. They can also work as a research assistant to professors or in publishing companies in preparing bibliographies and catalogues. You can go for further studies in this field. The number of schools and colleges are going to open in the country, it offers great opportunity to fresh professionals.

Courses & Eligibility

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How to become a Librarian?

There are many universities and colleges in India who offers certificate, diploma, bachelor and master degree courses in this field. You can choose courses as per your preference.

To become a Librarian you should hold a bachelors degree or postgraduate degree in this field with a good knowledge of information science and good skills of customer handling.

Some of the courses which help you to start a career in this field are listed below:

Certificate & Diploma Courses:

  • Certificate in Library Science
  • Certificate in Library and Information Science
  • Diploma in Library and Information Science
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking

Bachelor Courses:

  • Bachelor in Library Science (B.Lib.)
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLI Sc.)

Master Courses:

  • Master in Library Science
  • Master in Library and Information Science

Doctoral Courses:

  • PhD in Library and Information Science
  • M.Phill in Library and Information Science

To pursue diploma and certificate courses, students must have passed 10+2 level education. For bachelor courses like B.Lib. (Bachelor of Library Science) & BLI Sc (Bachelor of Library Information Science), candidates should have a graduate level degree from any recognized university.

For admission in master courses, they must have passed graduation in Library Science or related field. For M.Phill and Ph.D courses, you should hold a master degree in Library and Information Science.

Admission

Are you seeking for admission in these courses?……. So here, let us tell you about the admission procedure and good colleges to pursue these courses.

For admissions firstly you should meet the eligibility criteria for the preferred course. Some colleges and institutions put an age limit for admissions. In India some universities offer admissions on the basis of merit list prepared on the basis of marks scored in the qualifying examination.

Best colleges to study these courses are listed here:

  • University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Punjab University, Department of Library & Information Science, Chandigarh
  • SRM University, SRMU, Haryana
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University, SPPU, Pune
  • Osmania University, OU, Hyderabad

Career & Jobs

“Librarians mostly find jobs in the education sector.”

A Librarian can be found in various places like Universities & Colleges, Court Houses, Public Schools, Law Offices, Museums, Local Library Buildings, etc. Being passionate about books and learning is a must need for a librarian.

In this field you can avail many career opportunities. You could switch to a senior job as a manager. You may take the responsibility of a specialist service or collection. You can go for a wide range of career prospects within library organizations. It is possible to plan your career effectively from starting point to top level management, depending on your interests and background.

Responsibilities:

  • Organizing information resources in an accessible way.
  • To deal with enquiries and assisting library users.
  • Keeping up to date with the newly publications.
  • Promoting the use of the library.
  • Setting up activities such as reading groups.

After becoming librarians you can work in all types of places and with all types of people. With the degree of librarian you can become an information expert, knowledge manager and librarian.

Job Titles:

  • Librarian
  • Library Assistant
  • Information Assistant
  • Library Attendant
  • Deputy Librarian
  • Senior Information Analyst

You can be hired as university/college librarian and Head of Department of Library. You can also join corporate sectors in areas such as marketing, web content management and design, knowledge management, database development, reference tool development, information systems, publishing and Internet coordination.

Recruiters:

  • Libraries
  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Corporate Training Centres
  • Research Institutions
  • Media Organizations
  • Consulting Firms

Salary

“Librarian gets excellent salary packages in both government and private sectors.”

In India, a Librarian can get salary between Rs. 2 to 4 lacs per annum.

In the United States, a Librarian can expect an average salary of $48 k on annual basis.

Salaries will vary upon the working area, education, experience and many other factors. With holding a masters degree and good experience as a Librarian you can earn a very good salary package.

Books & Study Materials

Some best books which will help you through out your studies are mentioned below:

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (Hardcover) – Marilyn Johnson

Foundations of Library and Information Science – Richard E. Rubin

Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An Introduction – Kay Ann Cassell

Library and Information Center Management – Robert D. Stueart

Management Basics for Information Professionals – G. Edward Evans

For more information regarding Career as Librarian, ask your queries below.

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  1. Anil Mani says:

    Sir,I have done my b.sc(chemistry). I want to know about my career after B LIS course.

  2. rupali says:

    Plz tell me about library internship after Blib

  3. Abirami velayutham says:

    Hii sir,
    I have done my graduation in computer science can I apply for masters or else i should do bachelors degree in library science and tyen move on to masters

  4. Shalini says:

    Sir,i m 28 yrs old and i cmplt my b.com in 2010.can i apply for this course..plz give me suggestion.

  5. Shalini says:

    Sir,i m 28 yrs old and i cmplt my b.com in 2010.can i apply for this course.

  6. Dinesh Tiwari says:

    Sir I am post graduate with Economics and done Bachelor of Library and Information science 37 years Ex service man and which job can I apply

  7. jyoti says:

    i am graduate but don’t have sufficient marks to fill the form for library science and information course, is there any course available after 12 in library science? i am 32, can i apply for the course?

  8. preeti says:

    Sir my age 40 I want a government. Job as a primary teacher

  9. MOUSMI says:

    sir i am post graduate in english with 32 years of age…i want to do BLIS so please guide me this course is helpful for me to get job in govt or private sector..

  10. Afshan Tabassum says:

    Sir, I m post graduate in english subject.i want to do bachelor in librarian,which syllabus or subject i have to got through during the course.pls answer via e-mail

  11. Rashida says:

    I am a graduate in BSc in dietetics and nutrition. I have also done Bed in History. I want to do the librarian course. My age is 48. Please guide me. Thanking you.

  12. simran kaur says:

    Hi, i have done my grad. in BA stream and i want to do librarian course to get a job in this field..so pls suggest me diploma course should have done or else..

    And my age is 31 yrs old and pls confirm from which last age to get librarian job.

  13. Tanmay says:

    Best 5 college to take admission for MlIS course.i have completed BLIS course

  14. VIKRAM KUMAR says:

    SIR I COMPLETED 1ST CLASS PASS WITH M.L.I.S FROM TNBU BHAGALPUR PLZ SUGGEST ANY JOB

  15. samixa pandey says:

    Sir I am completely m. Lib course.sir I want jobs please help me

  16. ved prakash pandey says:

    Sir, I’m graduated to the subject of botany and want for admission in librarian course .which documents will need for admission? Please ans at my email

  17. Athul kr says:

    Sir,i completed B.com in 2015. Am I eligible to do M.Lib without B.Lib..

  18. narvesh says:

    Sir mene blis kar liya vaccancy ka kese pata chalega

  19. Suman says:

    I am currently working in a psu bank and I am 30 years old. I am really interested in library science course but very confused where to start from and will my age pose any problem?
    As I am working full time, the only way for me to study is through distance learning or online. Does IGNOU course on library science competitive and will it be taken as a recognised qualification as per job prospectives. Please advise.

  20. Barkha says:

    I want librarian course. Plz info me scope and job vancy

  21. komal saini says:

    Hello sir
    Sir 2016 complete my 12th nd now I’m ba student in sol du so sir kya main apply kr skti hu ye l.b course ke liye..
    Sir plzzz must reply
    Thank you sir..

  22. Aarti says:

    good information available in this page.

  23. Ashok says:

    Mam I have done BSC in INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY so is there any eligibility to do masters in library science.

  24. suma n says:

    Sir I did b.a in 2017 with 42 % I WANT to complete my m.lib. did i

  25. shirisha says:

    sir,i completed my btech do i have a chances for working as a librarian

  26. shraddha mishra says:

    Mam I want to know that ki library science se polytechnic diploma Karne se is sector me job ke chances kitne rehte.
    Or Kya mam bsc library science se hota h.
    Plz answer me fast

  27. kapish garg says:

    Sir I’m completed my +2 last year nd now I am totally free can I get this course

  28. richa says:

    I had done bca and b.ed both and how i became a librarian plzz tell me some good colleges in Patna from i do the course of blis and what is its process for taking admission in this course

  29. khushbu jain says:

    I had done my B.A n B.ed in English literature currently pursuing M.A 2nd yr I want to be librarian Wat I have to do for this course?

  30. riqi says:

    Plz inform me any University
    In up for job as a librarian….
    Tq

  31. k.c says:

    I want to become a good librarian but now a days is what kind of speciality wanted by private sector

  32. Divya Mehta says:

    Sir /mam i did 12th in 2014 in with 50%
    Marks I want to do diploma in liberary science

  33. NAVEEN KUMAR says:

    sir i did B.A in 2014 with 45% mark am i eligible for b.lib

  34. NAVEEN KUMAR says:

    sir i did B.A in 2014 with 45% mark am i eligible for this course

  35. vishal more says:

    s tell m i m 35 yrs now so the age limit information amd course details and job gauranty.may i aplply

  36. bhumika jeithiwal says:

    10+2 is valide for laliberarien course.

  37. shah fahad says:

    sir correct information b.lib scope aswell as salary of this course

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