COURSE DESCRIPTION


M.Lib.I.Sc. or Master of Library and Information Science is a professional postgraduate degree level course that covers the study of principles and practices of Library Science and Library Administration along with the current technologies applied to these processes. Also termed as MLIS it mainly 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. Though most of the institutes offer it as a 1-year course but University of Calcutta offers it as 2-year course of study. As far the minimum and maximum time is concerned it may fluctuate from place to place depending on the various institutes, similarly the syllabus may not be all too similar.


Master of Library and Information Science Eligibility

  • The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing a Master of Library Science degree is having graduation degree in any stream.
  • Some of the very reputed colleges and institutes demand a minimum of 50% marks in graduation as qualifying criteria to secure admission.

M.Lib.I.Sc. Course Suitability

  • Those having interests in Bachelor of Library and Information Science can go for Advanced Library and Information Science courses.
  • Those who are willing to go for teaching fields at higher degree level both in private and government institutions.

How is M.Lib.I.Sc. Course Beneficial?

  • Master of Library Science degree serves as a basis for further higher studies in this field such as Ph.D. and M.Phil. Degree in Library Science, the successful completion of which makes one eligible for the post of a lecturer in any university/college.
  • A wide range of employment opportunities exist for Master of Library Science degree holders in Archiving, Cataloguing, Computer, Data, and Information Systems, Indexing, Research, Information Architecture, Metadata Architecture, Metadata Management, Preservation Administration and Conservation, etc.

COURSE ELIGIBILITY


The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing a Master of Library Science degree is having graduation degree in any stream.
  • Master of Library and Information Science Syllabus

    Syllabus of Library and Information Science as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

    Part I (Paper I): Foundations of Library and Information Science

    Sr. No.

    Subjects of Study

    1

    Library and Society

    2

    Historical overview of library development

    3

    Information and Information Science

    4

    Dr. S.R. Ranganathan

    5

    Types of Libraries

    6

    Library co-operation, resource sharing, library networking

    7

    Professional Associations in Library and Information Science

    8

    Factors affecting library development

    Paper II (Library Management)

    1

    Schools of Management

    2

    Planning and Management

    3

    Acquisition

    4

    Serials Management

    5

    Technical Processing

    6

    Storage and Maintenance

    7

    Library Services

    8

    Financial Management

    Paper III (Library Classification)

    1

    Knowledge Organisation

    2

    Library Classification

    3

    General Principles and Theory

    4

    Types and features of Classification Schemes

    5

    Library Classification Schemes

    6

    Special Classification Schemes

    7

    Organisations and Institutions in Classification

    8

    Current developments / trends in classification

    Paper IV (Library Cataloguing)

    1

    Library Catalogue: definitions, need, purpose

    2

    Catalogue

    3

    Document Description

    4

    Catalogue codes

    5

    Subject Cataloguing

    6

    Cataloguing standards including ISBD, ISBN, ISSN, MARC, CCF, ISO 2079.

    7

    Practical aspects of cataloguing

    8

    Cataloguing in the Internet and digital era, metadata, web OPAC

    Paper V (Reference Services and Sources)

    1

    Reference Service

    2

    Types of Services

    3

    Reference Process

    4

    Reference Librarian

    5

    Reference Service Delivery

    6

    Reference Sources

    7

    Categories of Reference Sources

    8

    Reference Services and Sources in Electronic Era

    Paper VI (Information Services and Systems)

    1

    Information Service

    2

    Information Sources

    3

    Information Processing

    4

    Information Dissemination

    5

    In-house Information Products

    6

    Documentation and Information Centres

    7

    Information Systems

    8

    Commercial Information Vendors

    Paper VII (Computer Application to Library Work)

    1

    Introduction to Computers

    2

    Hardware

    3

    Software Concepts

    4

    Computer applications to Library and Information Work

    5

    Information and Communication Technology

    6

    Networks and Networking

    7

    Managerial aspects of Computerization

    8

    Digital Library

    Part II (Practical)

    1

    Classification

    2

    Cataloguing

    3

    Abstracting and Indexing

    4

    Reference Service

    5

    Submission of a term paper

    6

    Computer

    Note:

    Students will have to bring journals of their class work at the time of final practical examination, failing which they will not be allowed to appear for the practical examination.

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