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M. Lib

Library science is an interdisciplinary field which involves the study of principles and practices of library administration. The major disciplines that are associated with library science include education, management, and information technology.

MLibSc or Master of Library Science is a postgraduate level degree course in library sciences. The course is offered as a full-time or part-time (distance learning) programme at various universities and colleges in India. The course serves as a foundation for candidates who wish to build their career in the field of research or teaching. However, the course also offers lucrative employment opportunities to candidates who wish to pursue jobs.

Admissions to MLibSc course are done mainly on the basis of entrance exams conducted at university/ college level. However, some institutions also provide direct admission to candidates on the basis of merit determined through candidates marks scored in the qualifying exam. 

MLibSc Eligibility Criteria 

Candidates should pass graduation in any stream with at least 50% - 60% aggregate marks in order to meet eligibility criteria for MLibSc course. It may be noted that candidates with a background in library science are sometimes preferred for admission.

It may also be noted that MLibSc eligibility criteria mentioned above is basic and might vary depending on the college/ university in which a candidate is applying for admission.

Candidates looking to build a career in the field of library science should contain the below-mentioned skills: 

Skillset for MLibSc Candidates

Adaptability

Problem-solving skills

Creativity

Digital literacy

Organisation skills

Communication skills

Ability to think analytically

Ability to make administrative decisions

Ability to supervise staff

Ability to maintain effective and healthy working relationships

Research skills

Eye for detail

Course curriculum for MLibSc

Master of Library Science is usually of two years duration. However, some higher education institutions also offer one year duration MLibSc course to students. Given below is an overview of subjects that are usually taught in one or two years MLibSc course:

MLibSc Course Curriculum

Foundations of Library Science

Library Management

Library Classification

Library Cataloguing

Computer Application to Library Work

Reference Services and Sources

Information Services and Systems

Research Methodology

Marketing Library Products & Services

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MLibSc: Job Profiles

Candidates with a MLibSc degree can secure jobs at different places such as libraries (public or private), news agencies, embassies, photo/ film libraries, information/ documentation centers, information handling divisions, museums and so on. Some of the popular job profiles for candidates who have successfully completed MLibSc course include:

  • Library Director: A library director is a professional who checks books in and out for customers along with performing some other administrative duties that lead to smooth running of the library.
  • Information Architect: An information architect is responsible for ensuring the user-friendly design of websites and other software applications in a library. 
  • Library Assistant: A library assistant compiles records, sorts and shelves books, and issues and receives library materials such as pictures and card. The assistant also locates library material and replaces it in shelves, stacks, or files. 
  • Library Science Teacher: A library science teacher imparts library science education to school students. The teacher also prepares different course materials such as syllabus and homework assignments for students.
  • Indexer: An indexer works with a variety of documents such as books, periodicals, and manuscripts to review them and compile indexes to make information searches easier.
  • Cataloguer: A cataloguer is a trained professional who manages the catalog of different materials at a library. The professional prepares bibliographic records for library material like journals and monographs.