Job Oppurtunities in LIS
Today there are bright career prospects in Library and Information Science. The qualified professionals are employed in vivid libraries and Information Centers.
The job opportunities in LIS can be depicted in the following sectors :
I. Acedemic Library Sector :
The librarians and information professionals are needed for various academic libraries, which are established in order to satisfy the informational needs of the parent bodies.
Academic libraries / Information centers include School libraries, College Libraries, University Libraries, Institutional Libraries / Information centers etc.
Here it is remarkable that CBSE affiliated Schools have an organized Library, hence a librarian. As per UGC norms, Colleges and universities must have a good library.
II. Special Library Sector :
Various Technical institutes have special libraries / Information centers which include Engineering Colleges, Medical Colleges, Management Colleges, Specialized Institutes / Organizations such as council of Scientific and Industrial Research ( CSIR ), Indian Council of Agricultural Research ( ICAR ), Industrial Companies like Steel Authority of India Ltd. ( SAIL ) etc.
There is vast scope of career for qualified library / Information Professionals in these libraries/information centers.
III. Public Library Sector :
There is large network of public libraries at Administrative levels of governments such as Villages, Panchayats, block, District Commissionery and State etc. In India we have a large number of Public Libraries as shown in the following table :
Penetration of Public Libraries in India :
Some NGOs are also running various public libraries.
Thus it is clear that there are great job opportunities, for Library / Information professionals in the public library sector in India.
IV. Corporate Sector :
Specially big companies maintain Libraries / Information Centers for their informational needs.
These companies employ qualified professionals as Information Scientists, Information managers, Database managers, Resource Managers, Knowledge worker, Library supervisor, Librarians etc.
There is good news that recently the National Knowledge commission of India has recommended the formation of the National Library commission to strengthen the library networks in India.
Thus the scope of librarianship becomes brighter.
With the information revolution, qualified Library / Information professionals are diversifying to several new growth areas such as database management, reference tool development, training of database users, systems analysis especially relating to computer work, documentation works, bibliographical works and Organisation & management of information units.
Entrepreneurial Librarians / Information professionals also start their own consulting practices, acting as freelance Librarians or information brokers and providing services to other libraries, businesses or government agencies.
Conclusively today career in LIS is multidimensional, ever growing and bright which is significantly enriching the knowledge base of the society for prosperity and progress.
Assistant University Librarian, ( Central Library, Ranchi University ),
Qr.No.25/10, Ranchi University Colony,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff & Part Time Counsellor,
IGNOU Regional Centre,
Ranchi – 834 002,
Email : email@example.com.