Bachelor of Library and Information Science (B.Lib.I.Sc) is a degree awarded to students who excel in Library Science. Library Science is an act of managing, maintaining and preserving information using sources of information technology and education. The duration of the course is usually 1 year in regular mode. The eligibility for the course is graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
The average tuition fee for this course in India may range anywhere around 10,000 to 35,000 INR.
One can get variety of job opportunities after getting through with B.Lib.I.Sc like that of a librarian, Documentation Officer, Library and Information Officer, Deputy Librarian and Information Analyst. Salary of a person specialized with this course ranges between 2 lacs to 12 lacs per annum depending upon the expertise and the institute.
Objective of the course is to meet the demand of the growing needs of experts in the fields of library management and administration, book and journal procurement. Hence, this course deals with an act of unlimited opportunities as there will always be a need of preserving and maintaining vital information all across the globe irrespective of sector or volume.
The people who should go ahead with the course are those who have worked in libraries before and want to move up their position in the respective field and those who enjoy books and slower paced jobs. A candidate should have strong organizational skills. Also people with strong reference skills and good memory are fit for the course.
The duration of B.Lib.I.Sc in organizations like Career College, Bhopal, Royal PG College, Lucknow, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Isabella Thoburn Degree College, Lucknow is 1 year which is further sub-divided into 2 semesters.
There is also an option for Distance education which is also of 1 year, in prominent universities like Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University, Bhopal, Nalanda Open University, Patna while IGNOU offer this course with an option of maximum duration of 4 years.
A person can go for post-graduation in this stream which is Masters in Library and Information Science. There are no. of colleges that provide MA in Arts, one can choose the desired college according to the course availability.
There are various arts institute and colleges that provide bachelor’s degree. Some of the prominent colleges that offer B.Lib.I.Sc are:
Name of the Institute
Isabella Thoburn Degree College
Chhatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaja University
University of Lucknow
Rajiv Gandhi College
College of Commerce
Some of the open universities offering B.Lib.I.Sc are:
Colleges and universities like University of Delhi, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Chhatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur have the eligibility margin of 50% aggregate in Bachelor’s Degree or 55% in aggregate with 10+3 pattern.
Open Universities like IGNOU follows the same pattern of taking in students with Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks or Bachelor’s degree with a Diploma in Library Science.
The process for admission to Bachelor of Library and Information Science, like most diploma courses, starts after the declaration of results for graduation exam by various universities. Students who fulfill the eligibility have to fill an admission form available with the respective universities, which later declare a cut off for admission to the program.
In institutes like Rajiv Gandhi College, Bhopal, Chanakya Mahavidyalaya, Bhopal, Yashwantrao Mohite College, Pune, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, Devi Ahilya University, Indore the highest marks obtained either at Graduate or Post Graduate level are considered for the purpose of admission, but the candidate must have minimum 50 % marks at graduate level.