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Stream: Information Science        

Duration: 1 Year

Course: M.Lib.

Course Type: Graduation

Master of Library and Information Science is a professional postgraduate course that covers an advanced study of the principles and practices of Library Science and Library Administration along with the current technologies involved therein. Also termed as MLIS, the course essentially includes the study of collection management, information systems and technology, research methods, cataloguing and classification, preservation, reference, statistics, database management, information architecture and knowledge management, etc.

Top Institutes offering MLIS Course are:

Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore

University of Lucknow

Although most institutes in the country offer the program as a 1-year course, the University of Calcutta offers it as 2-year course of study. Successful postgraduates of the course in India are offered an average monthly salary ranging between INR 16, 000 and 50,000.

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Top Colleges for Master of Library and Information Science [M.Lib]

  • Master of Library and Information Science [M.Lib] in Uttar Pradesh
  • Master of Library and Information Science [M.Lib] in Uttarakhand
  • Master of Library and Information Science [M.Lib] in Maharashtra
  • Master of Library and Information Science [M.Lib] in Rajasthan
  • Master of Library and Information Science [M.Lib] in Punjab

MLIS: Course Highlights

Given here are the basic highlights of the course.

Name of the courseM.Lib. and Information Science
Course LevelGraduation
Duration1 year, full-time/ Distance learning
StreamInformation Science
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityGraduation in any stream
Admission ProcessDirect admission/ Entrance exam + Group Discussion/Personal Interview
Average Course FeeINR 1K to 5 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 25 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesICAR, CSIR, DRDO, ICSSR, ICHR, ICMR, ICFRE, WHO, UNESCO, UNO, World Bank, School, College, Universities, Central Government Libraries, National Museum and Archives, Foreign Embassies, High Commissions, newspaper libraries, News Channels, Libraries of Radio Stations, etc.

MLIS: What is it about?

The course aims to prepare eligible candidates to adequately and productively act as data experts in libraries and data roles.Aspirants have to design and develop information systems, contribute to the discipline of Library and Information science in terms of research and teaching.

MLIS Course teaches students to evaluate situations to determine the best technical solution and effectively utilize technology to add value to the field. They are also familiarised with techniques to assess how changing technologies impact the field.

Master of Library and Information Science degree holders have great employemt opportunities in Archiving, Cataloguing, Computer, data and Information system, Indexing, Research, Information architecture, metadata architecture, preservation administration and conservation, etc.

MLIS Students are taught to conduct original research that advances the field’s knowledge base and candidate’s professional knowledge. They have to assess user information needs in order to determine what is needed to improve service in the discipline and also, develop and implement information and instructional services to address specific needs.

Advance Courses in this study are: M.Phil (Library and Information Science) and Ph.D. (Library and Information Science). 

MLIS: Top Institutes 

The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges around INR 5 lacs for private institutes, but is as low as INR 1,000 for government institutes.

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer M.Lib. and Information Science, along with the corresponding details.

SR.NO.COLLEGE/INSTITUTESTATETUITION FEES IN INRELIGIBILITY CRITERIAADMISSION PROCEDURE
1.Lovely Professional University, [LPU] JalandharJalandhar, Punjab59,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
2.Guru Nanak Dev University, [GNDU] AmritsarAmritsar, Punjab27,465Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
3.Pondicherry University,Puducherry23,500Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
4.Hindustan University, ChennaiChennai, Tamil Nadu24,500Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
5.Manipal Institute of Technology, [MIT] ManipalManipal, Karnataka86,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
6.University of Kashmir, SrinagarSrinagar, Jammu and Kashmir18,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
7.Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management,West Sikkim Malabassey, Sikkim6,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
8.Panjab University, ChandigarhChandigarh, Punjab46,560Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
9.Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj, [CSJM] Kanpur University, KanpurKanpur, Uttar Pradesh48,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
10.Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology, [SUIIT]Orissa Sambalpur, Orissa9,244Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
11.Bundelkhand University, JhansiJhansi, Rajasthan20,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
12.Osmania University, HyderabadHyderabad, Telangana4,020Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
13.Galgotias University, NoidaGreater Noida, Uttar Pradesh32,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
14.Aligarh Muslim University, [AMU] AligarhAligarh, Uttar Pradesh11,855Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
15.Sri Venkateswara University, [SVU] TirupatiTirupati, Andhra Pradesh6,315Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
16.Devi Ahilya Bai University, IndoreIndore, Madhya Pradesh52,500Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
17.Bharath University, ChennaiChennai, Tamil Nadu1,50,000Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
18.Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, [GGU] BilaspurBilaspur, Chhattisgarh6,180Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
19.Sri Krishnadevaraya University, [SKU] AnantapurAnantapur, Andhra Pradesh8,400Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.
20.Jiwaji University, GwaliorGwalior, Madhya Pradesh12,260Graduation with a minimum aggregate score of 50%Based on merit/performance in a relevant entrance test.

MLIS: Eligibility

As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates need to have completed graduation in any stream with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

Often, candidates are required to qualify an institute-level entrance test for admission to the course.

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MLIS: Admission Process

Process of admission to the course may vary across institutes. Some institutes conduct their own entrance exams for admission, while some select students on the basis of their score at the level of graduation, completed from a recognized college/university.

MLIS: Syllabus and Course Structure

A paper-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Paper I: Foundations of Library and Information Science

Paper II: Library Management

Library and SocietySchools of Management
Historical overview of library developmentPlanning and Management
Information and Information ScienceAcquisition
Dr. S.R. RanganathanSerials Management
Types of LibrariesTechnical Processing
Library co-operation, resource sharing, library networkingStorage and Maintenance
Professional Associations in Library and Information ScienceLibrary Services
Factors affecting library developmentFinancial Management

Paper III: Library Classification

Paper IV: Library Cataloguing

Knowledge OrganizationLibrary Catalogue: definitions, need, purpose
Library ClassificationCatalogue
General Principles and TheoryDocument Description
Types and features of Classification SchemesCatalogue codes
Library Classification SchemesSubject Cataloguing
Special Classification SchemesCataloguing standards including ISBD, ISBN, ISSN, MARC, CCF, ISO 2079.
Organizations and Institutions in ClassificationPractical aspects of cataloguing
Current developments / trends in classificationCataloguing in the Internet and digital era, metadata, web OPAC

Paper V: Reference Services and Sources

Paper VI: Information Services and Systems

Reference ServiceInformation Service
Types of ServicesInformation Sources
Reference ProcessInformation Processing
Reference LibrarianInformation Dissemination
Reference Service DeliveryIn-house Information Products
Reference SourcesDocumentation and Information Centers
Categories of Reference SourcesInformation Systems
Reference Services and Sources in Electronic EraCommercial Information Vendors

Paper VII: Computer Application to Library Work

Practical

Introduction to ComputersClassification
HardwareCataloguing
Software ConceptsAbstracting and Indexing
Computer applications to Library and Information WorkReference Service
Information and Communication TechnologySubmission of a term paper
Networks and NetworkingReference Service
Managerial aspects of ComputerizationSubmission of a term paper
Digital LibraryComputer

MLIS: Career Prospects

Qualified Librarians are lucratively hired in fields such as universities and colleges, court houses, public schools, law offices, museums, local library buildings, showcasing, web content administration and plan, administration, database improvement, reference device advancement, data frameworks and distribution, internet coordination, and such.

Some of the popular areas of employment for such postgraduates include:

  • Public/government libraries
  • News agencies
  • Foreign embassies
  • Photo/film libraries
  • Information /Documentation centers
  • Information Handling divisions
  • Museums and galleries

Such professionals are hired in capacities such as Deputy Librarian, Academic Librarian, Electronic Resources Librarian, Information Architect, Integrated Library System Application Specialist, Junior Librarian/Assistant Librarian, Junior Information Analyst, Library Attendant, Librarian, Metadata Librarian, Research Instruction Librarian, Teacher Librarian, etc.

Successful postgraduates interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for pursuing higher studies, such as Ph.D. and M.Phil. in the subject.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are tabulated below, along with the salaries and job responsibilities associated with each.

Job TitleJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary in INR
Academic LibrarianAcademic Librarians work to bolster a school's or college’s educational modules by managing academic material-related repositories.1,21,528 – 6,09,668
Information ArchitectAn information Architect gives positive client experience by arranging and planning data structures for sites and web applications. A degree in data innovation, MIS or Engineering is needed for the position.8,95,328 - 2,859,708 
Library AttendantThey accumulate records, sort and hold books, and issue and get library materials, for example, pictures, cards, slides and microfilm. They locate library materials for credit, and supplant material in racking territory, stacks, or documents by specific proof numbers and titles. Also, they enroll supporters to allow them to get books, periodicals, and other study material.1,28,858 – 6,59,796

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