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HindustanTimes Wed,16 Apr 2014
Knowledge man
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 14, 2013
First Published: 16:03 IST(14/5/2013)
Last Updated: 17:39 IST(14/5/2013)
Worth mentioning: Instead of merely cataloguing books and journals, the modern librarian has become the nerve centre of intellectual development of a nation

The lowdown

Librarianship as a profession is concerned with storing, organising and maintaining books, papers and journals. But the modern librarian, instead of merely cataloguing books and journals, has become the nerve centre of intellectual development of a nation. As India moves towards becoming a knowledge-based society with a proliferation of learning and research institutes, the demand for librarians is growing. As a result, job opportunities are rising. With the advent of information technology, the traditional concept is being revised to include new-age tools of information like CDs, internet, e-libraries etc. Jobs are available in public and government libraries, universities and other academic institutions, news and broadcasting agencies etc. Librarians can also work in museums, galleries, archives, information and documentation centres.

Clockwork
9am: Reach office
10am: Meet library staff
11am: Check e-mails 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 work

The payoff
Entry level: Rs. 1 lakh - Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum
Middle level: Rs. 3 lakh - Rs. 5 lakh per annum
Senior level: Rs. 6 lakh - Rs. 10 lakh or more per annum. In government organisations, salary will depend on the grade and scale. In several business houses, salary is at par with other technical professions

Skills/TRAITS
* Command over infotech
* Good managerial skills
* Ability to analyse readers’ needs
* A knack for listening 
* Knowledge of major topics

Getting there
Students from any stream can take a bachelor’s degree in library science which is a one-year course. The master’s degree course in library science is also for one year. There are also diploma and certificate courses. The courses are bachelor of library & information science (BLISc), bachelor of library science (BLSc), certificate course in library science, diploma in archives & documentation, diploma in library science (DLSc), MPhil, master of library & information science (MLISc), master of library science (MLSc) and PhD

Institutes and URLs
* Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi www.jmi.ac.in
* Indira Gandhi National Open University
    www.ignou.ac.in
* National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resource, New Delhi
    www.niscair.res.in

Pros and cons
* A lot depends on one’s performance
* Opportunity to meet people
* Working hours may be long

Information is power and one should use it for the benefit of the society --- Subhash Deshmukh, librarian, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi


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