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Career In Library Science
Employment outlook and opportunities
According to one report, library and information science has been ranked as one of the “Best Careers of 2008.” As India is moving towards a knowledge society with proliferation of learning and research institutes the demand and importance of library science is growing rapidly. Consequently, job opportunities for librarians are on the upswing. Nevertheless, with the advent of information technology and computers the traditional concept of is being redesigned to include not only books and other printed materials but also new tools of information like CD-ROM, internet, virtual libraries etc. There is a lot of scope for a career in library science and the person in this field can find employment opportunities in the following areas.
  • Public/Government libraries
  • Universities/colleges/schools and other academic institutions
  • News agencies and organisations
  • Private organisations and special libraries
  • Foreign embassies
  • Photo/film/radio/television libraries
  • Information centres/documentation centers
  • Companies and organisations with large information handling requirements
  • Museums and galleries, which have reading rooms and research facilities
  • Law library/Special library, etc.
Types of library-science professionals:
Some of the career options are as given below:
  • Library Attendant
  • Library Assistant
  • Semi-Professional Assistant
  • Junior Librarian/Professional Assistant
  • Assistant Librarian
  • Deputy Librarian
  • Librarian/Chief Librarian
  • Researcher/Scientists/Application Specialist
  • Consultant/Reference Librarian
  • Cataloguer/Technical Assistant/Records Manager
  • Director/Head Of Information Centre
  • Senior Information Analyst
  • Junior Information Analyst
  • Senior Library Information Assistant
  • Law Librarian
  • Indexer
  • Information architect
  • Archivist
LIS professionals can also aspire to get a job in private publishing houses and other private companies handling with voluminous information.
Some of the Major Institutions offering Courses in Library Science
National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resource (NISCAIR) New Delhi and Documentation Research & Training Centre (DRTC) Bengaluru are two prime institute offering Library and Information Science courses. Besides this, mostly all Indian universities offer degree courses in Library & Information Science, some are:
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (Website:
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi
  • Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  • Sampurnand Sanskrit Vishvidyalaya, Varanasi
  • Kurukhetra University, Haryana
  • Panjab University
  • Gujarat University
  • Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu
  • Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
  • Makhanlal Chaturvedi National Institute of Journalism, Bhopal
  • Andhra University and Amravati University, Maharashtra
  • Arya Vidyapeeth Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Bharatpur (Rajasthan)
  • University of Rajasthan, Bhusawar , Bharatpur-321406, Rajashthan
  • Awadhesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa (Madhya Pradesh)- 486003
  • Bangalore University, Bangalore (Karnataka)
  • Behani Siksha Mahavidyalaya, Pushkar Bye Pass, Ajmer (Rajasthan) – 305001
  • Bhavnagar University, Gauyrishanker Lake Road, Bhavnagar (Gujarat)- 364002
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mersa, Ranchi ( Jharkhand )- 835215
  • Bishop Heber College, Post Box No. 615 , Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)- 620017
  • Bundelkhand University, Kanpur Road , Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh)- 284128
  • Osmania University Campus , Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)– 500007
  • Lucknow University, Lucknow
  • Dr. Hari Singh Gour Sagar University, Sagar (M.P.)
  • Jivaji University, Gwalior (M.P.)
  • Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Agra (U.P.)
  • Bilaspur University, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
Distance Education
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068 Website :
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Road No.46, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad - 500033, E-mail :
  • Kota Open University, Rawatbhata Road, Akhelgarh, Kota-324010, Rajasthan, Tel.: 91-744-421254
  • Nalanda Open University Camp. Office, 9 , Adarsh Colony, Kidwaipuri, Patna - 800001, Bihar, Tel.: 91-612-234330
  • Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Dnyanagangotri, Near Gangapur Dam, Nashik-422005, Maharashtra, Website :
  • Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University, Red Cross Bhawan, Shivaji Nagar, Bhopal-462016, Madhya Pradesh, Tel.: 91-755-550606
  • Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Govt. Bungalow No.9, Dafnala, Shahi Baug, Ahmedabad-380003, Gujarat, Tel.: 91-79-2869690
  • Karnataka State Open University, Manasagangotri, Mysore - 570006, Karnataka Tel.: 91-821-515149
  • Netaji Subhas Open University, 1, Woodburn Park, Kolkata -700020, West Bengal E-mail :
  • U.P.Rajarshi Tandon Open University, 17, Maharshi Dayanand Marg (Thornhill Road), Allahabad -21100, Uttar Pradesh, E-mail :