Librarianship: Meeting the Needs of the Modern Knowledge Society | Patna News

Patna: Since its establishment in 1980, the University Institute of Library and Information Science, Patna (PUILIS) has produced well-trained personnel to meet the ever-increasing demands of the modern knowledge society.
It provides two courses namely Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) with the help of qualified teaching staff and modern infrastructure. Most of the students who complete their studies find internships in different government and private organizations.
Giving details of these courses, the Director of PUILIS, Abhay Kumar, said that while the BLIS course has been running since 1981, the MLIS course was launched in 2012. Both of these courses are for one year ( two semesters) and operate in self-financing mode. The total fee for each of these courses is around Rs 18,000 only. The number of sanctioned places in these courses is 40 and 45 respectively.
He added that the institute is located on the first floor of the PU Central Library located on Ashok Raj Path. There are up to five well-qualified guest teachers to train the students. Admission to these courses is based on entrance tests organized by the university. Graduates of any stream can take the BLIS course entrance test. After completing the BLIS course, one can apply for admission to the MLIS course, he said.
Kumar further pointed out that after successfully completing these courses, students find suitable employment in public or government libraries, universities, colleges, schools and other academic institutions, news agencies and organizations, embassies foreign institutions, photo/film/radio/television libraries, information centers and documentation centres, museums and law libraries.
The director pointed out that with the proliferation of learning and research institutes, the demand and importance of library and information science is increasing rapidly. Library careers include areas such as library and information systems management, classification/cataloging systems, bibliography, documentation, preservation and conservation of manuscripts, collections management, systems and technologies information, research methodology, computer applications, reference, statistics and management, information processing, records management, indexing, library planning, etc.
Librarianship is evolving, incorporating new topics such as database management, information architecture and knowledge management, among others, he added.

Donald E. Patel