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Library Scientist

Who is a Library Scientist?

A Library Scientist is someone who works with information, conducts research and bridges the gap between people and information technology.

What does a Library Scientist do?

A Library Scientist is responsible for curating, acquiring and managing books and information. They are also involved in cataloguing, archiving, information retrieval, preservation as well as conservation of the books, documents. Their responsibility might also include conducting research studies and documentation of the archives. 

What are the skills required to be a Library Scientist?

The library has always been considered as the hub of knowledge and information. A Library Scientist needs to have an abundance of knowledge; have an understanding of how to help people with using the information effectively and efficiently. Additionally, the following skills can be an added bonus in becoming a Library Scientist:

  • Be tech-savvy and advocate digital literacy

  • Good understanding of the resources available as information

  • Ability to multitask

  • Excellent research skills both offline and online

  • Keen attention to detail and efficient organization of information

  • Good analytical skill

Which top colleges offer courses on Library Scientist?

A degree is always beneficial in career growth. According to the official employment news website, it has been recommended that initially the graduates be hired as an assistant in a Library or Information centre. For this, the minimum requirement is graduation and a bachelors degree of B. LISc. (Bachelor in Library and Information Science).

Fun Fact: The course was earlier known as the Library Science, it is now known as Library and Information Science. This is because of the amount of information that professionals handle these days as they grow in their career. 

Courses available and offered by top universities in India are: 

  • Diploma in Library & Information Science. Eligibility to get enrol for this course is minimum 10+2.

  • B. LISc. or Bachelors in Library & Information Science. Eligibility for which is a Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University.

  • M. LISc. or Masters in Library & Information Science. Eligibility required for admissions is B. LISc from a recognized University.

  • PhD or M. Phil in Library & Information Science. The eligibility needed is an M. LISc from a recognized University.

You can also opt for a Certificate Course in Library & Information Science which is offered by few universities and colleges.

Please note that courses nomenclature and eligibility criteria might differ from university to university.

In India, some 80 universities offer the course in Library and Information Science. It is also available as a distance or online learning mode in some of the universities.

Below are some of the top universities in India that offer Library Science in their curriculum:

  • Aligarh Muslim University

  • University of Allahabad, Allahabad

  • University of Annamalai, Annamalai Nagar

  • Rajasthan University, Jaipur

  • Jammu University, Jammu Tawi

  • Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

  • Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow

  • SNDT Women's’ University, Mumbai

  • Mysore University, Mysore 

  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 

  • Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune

 

  • Banaras Hindu University/BHU, Varanasi
  • IGNOU - The People's University, New Delhi 

  • Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), Allahabad

To become a Library Scientist, acquiring a bachelor is mandatory. You can opt for higher studies or start working in a Library as an Information Assistant. Such jobs or internship can help you understand the practical applications of the theories learned in the college while working your way up to be a Library Scientist.

How much does a Library Scientist make?

  • Average Salary for a Librarian in India is Rs 245,478/yr

  • The average salary of a Librarian with 1-4 years of experience is Rs 203,588/yr

  • With 5-9 years of experience, a Librarian in India makes Rs 273,046 /yr

  • And with 10-19 years of experience, a Librarian in India makes Rs 303,391/yr

What are the growth opportunities for Librarians in India?

  • They can choose to work with colleges and institutes or Central Government or even in the private sector.

  • Some corporates employee Library Scientist to help them with designing database management, information systems, reference tool development, knowledge management, and similar responsibilities.

  • Joining the Central Government can be beneficial as you can enjoy payscales similar and as applicable to scientific staff.

  • After taking NET/JRF, you can opt for higher studies or Academic work

Who are the major recruiters?

As a Library Scientist, one has a choice to either work in academics with colleges and institutions or with Central Government or in private sector corporates.

Some of the Government agencies that employ Library Scientists are:

  • ISRO or Indian Space Research Organization

  • DRDO or Defence Research and Development Organization

  • CSIR or Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

What are the Books and Study Materials available?

  • Study Material For Isi Ms In Library And Information Science

  • Amit Kishore Library Science complete self-study guide (A conceptual approach) for UGC NET, SET, KVS, RSMSSB and all other competitive exams

  • NTA UGC Net Library and Information science Paper II 2020

  • Trueman's UGC NET Library & Information Science

Interesting facts

S.R. Ranganathan (1892-1972) who is known as the Father of Library Science in India developed the classification and indexing theory. Specifically, his Colon Classification (introduced in 1933) is widely used in Research Libraries not just in India but across the world.