With the advancement in information technology, today the library science and information technology are merged with each other. The functioning of libraries have drastically changed from earlier manual book reading to the digital environment. In view of this many institutions have started the degree in library science and information science. Hence the post graduation degree in library science is now a days known as M.LISc. The job of a librarian now involves not only the cataloguing and retrieving of manual data but also the digital information.
If you have interest in this type of job you can go for post graduation in this line. For those students who have done their graduation in library science, generally the M.Sc. in library science is only one year course. For other graduates it is for two years. Both these modes are having equal opportunities from employment and job point of view.
After completing the post graduation in library science, one has an option of going for qualifying in national level test that is NET (National Eligibility Test) after qualifying which one is eligible to apply for lecturer post in the universities in graduate or postgraduate colleges.
There are many good institutions in our country from where one can do this course like University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram; University of Madras, Chennai; Bangalore University, Bangalore; Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar; Andhra University, Visakhapatnam; University of Mumbai, Mumbai; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Jiwaji University, Gwalior and Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
Generally for becoming a grade I librarian in a university or college the requirement is post graduation and NET. There are other opportunities for them also like posts of scientific assistants/ officers in science and technology departments / institutions. Those who are only postgraduate are eligible to become second and third grade librarian or library assistant in the universities. There is opportunity in the various schools and colleges also for the post of school librarian.
One last thing I want to add is that everywhere there is a rush for the jobs as the number of qualified people are much more than the vacancies. In that scenario it is necessary that one should try to achieve good score in any course one is pursuing. So, that should be the aim and objective for getting success in ones career.
Knowledge is power.