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As information experts, librarians find, collect and organise information, and implement systems that make information easy to access. Librarians have a variety of roles, depending on where they work.

education Updated: Sep 22, 2011 11:24 IST

The lowdown
As information experts, librarians find, collect and organise information, and implement systems that make information easy to access. Librarians have a variety of roles, depending on where they work. A librarian has to ensure that a person gets the relevant information in the minimum time with the least effort. The modern librarian may also devise ways to draw more people into trying out new material, thus becoming a knowledge manager

Clock Work
9.30am: Reach office
10am: Meet library staff
11am: Check email and updates
11.30am: Respond to any queries
1pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Go over list of requisitions
4.30pm: Inspect the library
5.30pm: Check the day’s transactions
6.30pm: Leave for home

The payoff
An entry level professional can get anything from Rs1 lakh to Rs1.5 lakh a year. With experience one can expect something from Rs1.8 lakh to Rs2.4 lakh per annum. At the senior level one can expect to get anything from Rs3 lakh or more a year. In government organisations the salary will depend on the grade and scale

With the introduction of IT, there is a paradigm shift in the library culture. One can work as a database manager,
reference tool developer, system analyst, indexer etc

Dr Shashi P Singh, dept of library and information science, Delhi University



Skills/Traits
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Must be a team player
. Have command over information technology
. Good managerial skills
. Ability to analyse readers’ needs
. A knack for listening
. Knowledge of major topics

Getting there
Graduates from any stream can take a bachelor’s degree and couple it up with a master’s degree in library science. One year long diploma and certificate courses are also available

Institutes
. National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resource, New Delhi
www.niscair.res.in
. Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre, New Delhi,
www.insdoc.org
. Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
jmi.nic.in/
. Banaras Hindu University
www.bhu.ac.in/banaras.html
. Aligarh Muslim University
www.amu.ac.in
. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
www.ignou.ac.in

Pros and cons
. Career progression depends on performance
. Opportunity to meet people
. Must be updated with the latest releases