The duty of librarian does not only includes managing collections of books. They are also responsible for analyzing, evaluating, organizing, packaging and even presenting the information. They are also responsible to training people for using the Library in correct way.
The course Masters in Library and Information Sciences is commonly known as 'Master of L.I.S' which is introduced/designed to prepare students for the field of Library and Information Sciences. The students learn about organization, information representation, information architecture, information needs, content and collections, etc and its related information technology.
Being a Masters course, a bachelor degree holder from a recognized university is eligible for this course. The specialization during previous course should be related like Bachelors in Library and Information Sciences.
The admission procedure includes a systematic inquiry, filling application form after reading all the information and then submission of the same along with other required documents like academic certificates, application fee, etc.
The duration for this course is 2 years for most of the colleges in India. Many institutes in foreign countries offer the same with duration of 1 year or 18 months. The duration is divided into semester system where each semester is having 6 months duration.
Further study options
Once completed this course successfully; interested candidates can go for research based courses like M.Phil and then PhD. Other related courses can be English speaking, personality development, content writing, typing, etc which can be useful in professional life afterwards.
The syllabus for this course vary from institute to institute and country to country and includes both theory and practical parts. Candidates also get an opportunity to pursue an internship to learn the practical aspects of their role in future and they can choose and aspect of library and information sciences for further studies as their specialization.
Main topics which are skeleton of this course are traditional library topics, collection and development, reference work, school libraries (details, structure, etc.), cataloging, archiving and many more. They also learn about information science and computer science. It includes topics like website designing, database designing, information architecture, etc.
Pedagogy plays an important role in this course. The last semester of this course includes a research project or an internship.
The main designations related to this field are children's librarian, database manager, Reference librarian, systems librarian, web developer, instructional librarian, school media specialist, information architect, systems analyst, information analyst and research analyst.
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