B.Lib. - B.Lib.Sc. Bachelor of Library Science

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Library Science is an interdisciplinary field
which comprises the study of the principles and practices of Library
Administration. Library Science is also referred as Library and Information
science. Bachelor of Library Science is an Academic Degree awarded for a course
or program in Library Science. Indian Library Association is a premier
association committed to the cause of Library Movement and Development. It is
also responsible for accreditation of institutions imparting Library and
Information Science education and training and promotion of Library Science
Education and the improvement in the training of Libraries in India. Library
Science Courses are mostly focused on providing knowledge of the principles and
practices of classical Library Science along with the current technologies
applied to these processes.

Duration - The duration
of B.Lib. is 1 year including number of semesters which are mostly 2 in number.
Semesters may vary from Institution to Institution.

Eligibility - To purse a
Library Science Degree, a candidate needs to have Bachelor's Degree in any
discipline form a recognised Institution. Percentage requirement varies from
Institute to Institute. Age Limit also varies from Institute to Institute. Some
Distance Learning Institutes put no Age Limit in pursuing the Bachelor's Degree
in Library Science.

There are various Library Science Colleges which offer graduate degree in
Library Science in India. Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University Institute of
Journalism (Bhopal) provides a� 3 year, Bachelor of Library and Information
Technology (Hons) course, open to students who have passed the 10+2 examination.
B.Lib. can also be pursued through Distance Learning programs offered by various
Indian Institutions.

List of some of the Institutes providing B.Lib.Sc. courses through
Distance Learning programs:

  • Annamalai University.

  • Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University.

  • Global Open University.

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University.

  • Nalanda Open University.

B.Lib.Sc. or B.L.I.Sc. ?

In India, Library Science Degree programs are known with various terms like
B.Lib., B.Lib.Sc. or B.L.I.Sc. All these terms stand for Bachelor of Library
Science or Bachelor of Library and Information Science. There is no difference
in them. B.Lib. is the most popular amongst these as it is convenient to
pronounce. There are very few Institutes which call their Library Science
Programs as B.L.I.Sc.

Is B.Lib. or B.Lib.Sc., an Undergraduate
or Post graduate Degree ?

  • As with many other Academic Degrees, B.Lib. is also confusing when it
    comes to categorising it as an Under Graduate or Post Graduate Degree. If we
    consider the title 'Bachelor' it should be an Under Graduate Degree but if
    we look at the Eligibility of the Course, it should be a Post Graduate

  • But if we look at the history, we get an idea of what actually this
    degree is, irrespective of the title it has been given. According to
    University of Calcutta, in 1943, the Inter University Board of India
    resolved that graduates of any stream would be eligible for admission to the
    Librarianship courses conducted by the Indian Universities. It was decided
    that the University will institute a Diploma course in Librarianship every
    year. During the 1969-1970 session the Diploma was replaced by Post Graduate
    Degree of Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib.Sc).

  • However, at the same time we also have M.Lib., which happens to be a
    Post Graduate Degree. This is a conflicting scenario created by the
    Education Department of India, which is unable to properly classify the
    order of Degrees. So unless the Department sorts out this,� we need to
    understand, that in practical sense it is a type of Diploma with the coating
    of a Bachelor's Degree Status.

of Library Science Subjects / Topics

  • Library & Society.
  • Library Management.
  • History of Library and Information Science.
  • Cataloguing and Classification.
  • Digital Libraries.
  • Modern Library Services.
  • Emerging Issues in Library System.

Some Institutes require B.Lib. students to
prepare a Thesis before appearing in the final B.Lib. Examination.

Note : Subjects / Topics may vary from Institute to

Bachelor of Library Science

There are no Specialisations at the Bachelors Level.

Who can and Who should pursue Bachelor
of Library Science Degree

This Degree is especially meant for those who have a basic interest in books as
well as a variety of topics, good communication skills, customer service
attitude, methodical approach, organizing skills, and ability of understanding
user needs.

Advantages or Benefits of Bachelor of
Library Science Degree

  • One can pursue advanced Library Science Degree Programs with Bachelor
    degree in Library Science, example Masters Degree in Library Science.

  • Those who Love Books can make their Love, a profession as well. There
    are very few of us who can actually pursue what we actually love.

of Library Science Jobs

Librarianship is a growing field, which has attained the status of a separate
discipline. Apart from the Government Universities, various Foreign and Private
Universities have come up to fulfil the needs of Book lovers and casual readers.
To cater to their needs and smoothen the functioning of Libraries, there is a
need for those skilled in Librarianship.

Job Types

  • Consultant.
  • Cataloguer.
  • Deputy Librarian.
  • Director / Head of Information Centre.
  • Junior Librarian / Semi-Professional Assistant.
  • Junior Librarian / Professional Assistant.
  • Junior Librarian / Assistant Librarian.
  • Junior Information Analyst.
  • Lecturer.
  • Librarian.
  • Library Assistant.
  • Library Attendant.
  • Researcher.
  • Senior Information Analyst.

Employment Areas

  • Companies and Organisations with large Information handling
  • Foreign Embassies.
  • Information Centres / Documentation Centres.
  • Museums and Galleries with Reading Rooms and Research Facilities.
  • News Agencies and Organisations.
  • Public / Government Libraries.
  • Universities and other Academic Institutions.
  • Photo/ Film Libraries.
  • Private Organisations and Special Libraries.

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