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Career Path for LIS Professionals in India – Education and Job Designations

January 29, 2016

Library and Information Science is a profession that is much in demand now a days as it has a huge scope for studying from certificate level to Post doctoral; and growth in terms of career from beginning level to senior managerial level. LIS professionals can be placed in any sector. Sky is the limit for those who are proactive and are service oriented, as well as constantly updating and learning the latest Information and Communication Technologies and Tools. There are number of career prospects both at National and International levels.

National

  • Academic Institutions
    • Private
    • Deemed
    • State
    • Central
    • School
    • College
    • Universities

 

  • Government
    • State Government
    • Central Government
    • Departments
    • Ministries
    • Research and Training Institutions
    • Museum/Archives
    • Military: Army, Navy, Airforce
    • Police, BSF
    • Investigation Agencies/Secret Intelligence

 

International

  • Foreign Embassies/High Commissions
  • International Centers

 

Various Industries/Verticals

  • Banks
  • BPOs
  • Databases Publishers/Vendors/Suppliers
  • Hospitals
  • KPOs
  • Law Firms
  • Library Networks – Local, State, National, International
  • Media: Print and E-Newspapers, News Channels, Radio Stations
  • NGOs
  • Private Companies/Corporate Houses
  • Publishing: Indexing, Abstracting, Bibliographies
  • Search Engines/Meta Search Engines – Catalogue, Classify, Meta Tag
  • Translation

 

Freelancing

  • Conducting Literature Review
  • Searching and Researching
  • Setting up libraries
  • Training Students – Manual, Automation, Library Softwares

 

There are professionals who have done LIS and have moved onto

  • Image Management
  • Social Media

Note

Along with LIS degree if a professional has other skills then they can bargain for a better salary package in private institutions.

  • Subject Specialization: If a LIS professional has a graduate/post graduate degree in various other subject specialisations they get placed in relevant institutions. For example: LAW+LIS= Placed in Law Firms, BPOs/KPOs for Auditing and Taxation firms, Police etc
  • Local/Foreign Language: If a LIS professional has knowledge of local knowledge can be placed in State/National Archives and museums and foreign language will be placed in National Organisations/Ministries which liase with foreign governments or companies or in International Organisations.
  • IT Skills: If a LIS professional has knowledge of IT or ICT or Social Media can be placed in any institution
  • Course from Abroad: Indian LIS degree is not recognised abroad. LIS professionals need to do a course abroad to get placements there.
  • Scholarships National/International: There are many scholarships available. Check UGC site for more information.
  • MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses give added advantage

Many LIS professionals are attending Conferences/Workshops National and International. They are writing journal articles, books etc.

 

Courses in Library and Information Science

  1. Certificate course in Library and Information Science (CLISc/CLIS/C Lib) OR
    Diploma course in Library and Information Science (DLISc/DLIS/D Lib) Eligibility is 10+2/Intermediate (Duration 6 months – 1 year; Medium of instruction: Local Language/English)
  2. Bachelor in Library and Information Science (BLISc/BLIS/B Lib) Eligibility is Graduate in any discipline + Qualifying for entrance exam (Duration 1 year; Medium of instruction: English)
  3. Master in Library and information Science (MLISc/MLIS/M Lib) Eligibility is BLISc + Qualifying for entrance exam (Duration 1 year; Medium of instruction: English) OR Integrated Masters in Library and Information Science (Duration 2 years; Medium of instruction: English) OR Associateship in Information Science (AIS) from NISCAIR and Associateship in Documentation and Information Science (ADIS) from DRTC (Duration is 2 years and considered equivalent to MLISc; Medium of instruction: English)
  4. Post Graduate Diploma Courses like PGDLAN (UoH), PGDDIM (OU) are being extended by Universities to upgrade knowledge and meet the market demand
  5. M.Phil in Library and Information Science Eligibility is MLISc (Duration 2 years; Medium of instruction: English) (Duration 1 year; Medium of instruction: English)
  6. Ph.D in Library and Information Science Eligibility MLISc + Qualifying for PhD entrance exam with SET/SLET or UGC NET. (People qualified for JRF, published research articles in peer reviewed Journals are given preference) (Duration is 3 years full time-5 years part time; Medium of instruction: English)
  7. Post Doctoral in LIS (Duration depends; Medium of instruction: English)

 

Colleges/Institutions/Universities extending the courses are

  • Institutions: Evening – Part time
  • Colleges and Universities: Full Time
  • Distance Mode

There is standard terminology regarding job designations and job descriptions for LIS professionals in government and academic institutions in India. Most of the job designations are bland and archaic and clubbed under the designation of ‘Librarian’ irrespective that the LIS professional is proactive and the current job description include handling social media, training, marketing etc. Corporate designations are very innovative and limited only by flights of fancy of the HR personnel/CEO/Owner of the Organisation/Company.

 

Training Modules
Traineeship/ Apprenticeship/ Internship: Training is either free, or sometimes with a paid stipend and a certificate. Duration of training is anywhere from 1 month-1 year.
Designations LIS Administration: Government/Academic Institutions

  • Director
  • Librarian/Professor
  • Deputy Librarian/Associate Professor
  • Assistant Librarian/Assistant Professor
  • Library Assistant Grade II
  • Library Assistant Grade I
  • Professional Assistant
  • Semi Professional Assistant
  • Technical Assistant
  • Cataloguer/Card writer (obsolete position now due to automation)
  • Book Keeper

 

Note:

  • Any person handling a Library at a School, College, University level is called a Librarian. The only demarcation is the salary structure. There are State Scales, UGC Central Scales and a fixed pay as decided by Management.
  • The LIS professionals who are in Library management are called Assistant Librarians. But few states like Telangana State have re-designated Assistant Librarians as Assistant Professor. But there is a catch here. These Assistant Professors/Assistant Librarians enjoy all the benefits due to Assistant Professors on par with various other departments except
    • They do not have vacation
    • They cannot take PhD Guideship under UGC rules
    • They cannot undertake UGC Major/Minor Research Project

 

Designations LIS Teaching: Government/Academic Institutions

  • Professor (18 years to reach this position)
  • Associate Professor – 6 years  for next position
  • Assistant Professor (Senior Scale) – 8 years for next position
  • Assistant Professor – 4 years  for next position
  • Temporary Positions (Renewed every year)
    • Assistant Professor (Contract)
    • Part-time Lecturer

 

Types of Libraries under Government/Academic Institutions

  • Libraries
  • Archives/Museums

 

Designations Corporate/Private Institutions

  • Documentation Officer
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Consultant
  • Information Manager
  • Information Professional
  • Knowledge Manager

 

Types of Libraries in Corporate/Private Institutions

  • Information Centers (IC)
  • Knowledge Centers (KC)
  • Knowledge Resource Center (KRC)
  • Knowledge Management Center (KMC)
  • Learning and Resource Centers (LRC)
  • Learning and Information Exchange Center (LIEC)
  • Knowledge Exchange and Information Center (KEIC)
  • Resource Management Center (RMC)

 

Note: Foreign nationals wishing to study LIS course/PhD in India or do a job in India need to connect with their foreign office and Indian foreign office for more details.

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Dr Achala Munigal

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Library and Information Science Journal published in India

January 22, 2016

Library and Information Science Journal published in India have been listed out by CII & ICI Report 2015.

Table 4.1(27) List of Journals of ‘Library and Information Science’
1. ANNALS OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES 1954 0972-5423
2. COLLNET JOURNAL OF SCIENTOMETRICS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 2007 0973-7766
3. DESIDOC BULLETIN OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 1980 0971-4383
4. DESIDOC JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2008 0974-0643
5. ELECTRONICS INFORMATION & PLANNING 1973 0304-9876
6. IASLIC BULLETIN 1956 0018-8441
7. INDIAN JOURNAL OF INFORMATION, LIBRARY & SOCIETY 1988 0971-4286
8. INFORMATION STUDIES 1995 0971-6726
9. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCE 1998 0972-1347
10. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFORMATION PROCESSING 2007 0973-8215
11. INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY MOVEMENT 1974 0970-0048
12. JOURNAL OF DIGITAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 2003 0972-7272
13. JOURNAL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE 1976 0970-714X
14. JOURNAL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2005 0975-6183
15. KELPRO BULLETIN 1997 0975-4911
16. LIBRARY HERALD 1958 0024-2292
17. LIBRARY PROGRESS (INTERNATIONAL) 1981 0970-1052
18. PEARL: JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE 2007 0973-7081
19. SRELS JOURNAL OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 2000 0972-2467

Source: Landscape of Research Output of Universities and other Research Institutes in India: A Report based on Indian Citation Index 2015 http://ciihighereducation.in/pdf/ici.pdf

“IDEAL” candidates to edit Wikipedia

January 21, 2016
Library and Information Science (LIS) Professionals are the most “IDEAL” candidates to edit Wikipedia and market it as a good source as 
1. They are having verified, credible sources at their disposal
2. They know about Citing – Citation Styles, See also references, Bibliography etc
3. They also know about Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright issues, Creative Commons Licenses etc
4. They can cover the whole spectrum of users – Students/Research Scholars/Faculty/General Public – who form major users of Wiki- as they are available in Academic – Schools/Colleges/Universities, Government Institutions, Research Institutions, Corporate Institutions, Private Institutions, Public Libraries etc 
5. There are LIS professionals in every country with knowledge of English and local language, so can work or update pages in English/Local language simultaneously
6. They already are conducting Programs/Events on various Tools, Technologies and Social Media 
 
LIS professionals are the only people who can change the perception of University authorities towards Wikipedia as an verified, credible and authenticated source of information which can be cited in research. 

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