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Library Science education possibilities in and outside Kerala

In this article one can gather information about the subject Library science, its study opportunities inside and outside India, old and modern concepts about a librarian and the duties of a librarian.

Library science is one of the best job oriented courses we have at present. The concept of the library is changed from the old days. In the old days, we can expect a picture of an idle librarian in a corner and a large number of fiction and non-fiction books kept on different shelves. In short, many times, a librarian is referred as only a bookkeeper. But in the modern concept of Library science, he is considered as an information dispenser.

Duties of a Librarian

In the modern era, as per Library science concept, the duties of a librarian are given below

  • Update the library with the inclusion of new and quality books.

  • Make and keep a list of useful website details as per alphabetical order.

  • The periodicals and journals should protect with quality binding or protect as computer files.

  • Provide help to library users to select the books through online or by walk-in to the library.

  • Prepare index cards and computer files on the basis of the subject of the books or the author of the books.

  • Arrange entire books in the library in order to find them as early as possible.

In the old concept of a library, it stores only books. But in the modern concept of library science, a library means including CD-ROMS for reference and knowledge sharing, Microfiche, Film strips, films, videotapes, etc other than books. It means the library and information science is a profession meant only for those who are ready to face the challenges of knowledge sharing and distribution.

Job opportunities exist in places like schools, colleges, universities, public and professional libraries, research centres, Higher courts, spiritual centres etc. Also, if you want to continue research as a profession one can proceed in that way.

Study opportunities in Kerala

In Calicut and Kerala universities, there are courses like two years integrated BLiSc and MLiSc, one year M Phil and Ph. D. One can apply for an integrated course if they have a degree in any subject.

In Mahatma Gandhi university, one can join MLiSc if they passed BLiSc with a minimum of 50% marks.

In Kannur university, there are two years of integrated BLiSc and MLiSc.

Colleges like SB College Chnganacherry, Rajagiri College Kalamasseri, Farooq College Kozhikkode offers bachelors and masters degree courses in Library Science. You can refer the website of these colleges for further details.

Ph D courses in library science offered by Kerala and Calicut universities.

There are 4-month library science and information science certificate courses conducted by State Central Library at Thiruvananthapuram. This certificate will help as an added advantage to get librarian jobs in Kerala state.

Study opportunities outside Kerala

Other universities in India such as Osmania, Madhura Kamaraj, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, Punjab, Chandigarh also providing Ph D courses in this subject.

DRTC(Documentation Research and Training Centre): This is functioning as a part of Indian Statistical Institute, Bangaluru which provides MS in Library and Information Science program and research facility.

NKRC(National Knowledge Research Consortium): It is a part of CSIR, New Delhi which is collecting and distributing data about the entire information in the national level scientific researches. NKRC continuously contacting with all 44 research units of CSIR. The person who has qualification in Library science has an added advantage in this organisation.

Study opportunities outside India

Below mentioned foreign universities offer excellent Ph D course in Library Science.
a) City, University of London - www.city.ac.uk
b) The University of Sheffield, UK - www.sheffield.ac.uk
c) The University of South Carolina College of Information and communication - www.sc.edu
d) The University of Illinois- School of information sciences - www.ischool.illinois.edu


Library Science course is a job-oriented one and there are many opportunities inside and outside the country for those who passed courses related to Library science.


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