Library and Information Science (LIS) is an interdisciplinary field that applies the practices, perspectives, and tools of management, information technology, education, and other areas to libraries; the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information resources; and the political economy of information. The libraries being the repositories of knowledge and information, their importance has increased. In this situation, the librarianship has attained the status of a separate discipline. Librarians are the custodians of libraries and they organize, maintain, and store books in the libraries. They help people to find information and use it effectively in their personal and professional lives. The traditional libraries which contained only books now have periodicals, journals, micro-films, audio-videos, cassettes and slides for various purposes such as education, research, reference and pleasure.
1. The main objective of B. Lib.I.Sc. course is to make students competent with basic information skills, both traditional and modern.
2. The students will be prepared as efficient, progressive, human professionals with initiative, drive and integrity.
The career in library includes areas like library and information systems management, classification/cataloguing systems, bibliography, documentation, preservation and conservation of manuscript, collection management, information systems and technology, research methodology, computer applications, reference, statistics and management, information processing, archives management, indexing, library planning, etc. Library science is constantly evolving, incorporating new topics like database management, information architecture and knowledge management, among others. It is an interesting subject and provides a great opportunity 1. The main objective of B. Lib.I.Sc. course is to make students competent with basic information skills, both traditional and modern.
The students will be prepared as efficient, progressive, human professionals with initiative, drive and integrity. To have the knowledge of wide variety of information sources.
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.
1. Public/Government libraries
2. Universities/collages/schools and other academic institutions
3. News agencies and organisations
4. Private organisations and special libraries
5. Foreign embassies
6. Photo/film/radio/television libraries
7. Information centres/documentation centers
8. Companies and organisations with large information handling requirements
9. Museums and galleries, which have reading rooms and research facilities
10. Law library/Special library, etc.
Brief Syllabus at a Glance
1. Library, information & Society
2. Library Management
3. Library Classification Theory
4. Library Classification Practice
5. Library Cataloguing Theory
6. Library Cataloguing Practice
7. Information Sources and Services
8. Computer application in Library & Information Science
Types of Library-science Professionals
Some of the Career Options are as Given Below
1. Library Attendant
2. Library Assistant
3. Semi-Professional Assistant
4. Junior Librarian/Professional Assistant
5. Assistant Librarian
6. Deputy Librarian
7. Librarian/Chief Librarian
8. Researcher/Scientists/Application Specialist
9. Consultant/Reference Librarian
10.Cataloguer/Technical Assistant/Records Manager
11.Director/Head Of Information Centre
12.Senior Information Analyst
13.Junior Information Analyst
14.Senior Library Information Assistant
Any person having an Honours Degree (10+2+3 pattern) or Master Degree or a degree (even if without Honours Degree at Bachelor Level) in a technical subject (of the pattern 10+2+4 or 10+2+5) such as Medical Science, Engineering, law etc. of this University or having an equivalent degree of any other University or institute recognized by this University will be eligible for admission for the B. Lib. I. Sc. course.
Duration & Classes
The BLIS course is a full time course of one academic year. The classes are normally held from Monday to Friday from 10.00 A.M to 5.00 P.m. The number of hours, time and the dates of the beginning and end of academic session shall be determined by the college authority from time to time and shall be notified accordingly. There will be both theory and practice classes, supported by the tutorials, seminars, colloquia, special lectures, educational tours, sessional assignments, class examinations, quiz etc.
The department has a Seminar Library consisting of Books, Schedules, Codes, and Journals etc. with latest editions etc. Besides, the students will have access to the Central Library of the College, which has a considerable collection on Library and Information Science, which is situated in the same campus.
The Department is enriched by one computer laboratory. The laboratory and its furniture are so designed that computers are placed to give scope for hands–on practice to the students as a class room environment. It has LAN facility to provide 24x7 internet access to students.
a) Class Room Teaching: Conventional method of lecturing supported by AV /Electronic learning aids is followed.
b) Colloquium: Students are encouraged to participate in colloquium to develop their knowledge and skills in addressing the audience and expressing ideas.
c) Hands-on Practice Facilities: Being professional in nature, all courses include a large amount of practical. Facilities of hands – on practice for students are provided.
d) Continuing Education Programme: The department extends its support to existing professionals to update their knowledge and skill to cope with the changing environment by organizing workshops, refresher courses, seminars etc.
Webinars allow the students to connect with experienced industry individuals across the globe in different time zones and locations.