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I have come to know and my self had face this situation. Librarianship today is in its extreme critical situation. I cant blame to government and officials for its conditions but I think that we are also responsible for it. Our national and international level unions are busy only in their meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops all works are going under form of papers, nothing is going on real surfaces. Many unions are running in only papers there is no identity of library associations in this country. There are a few professional who give their precious time for the sake of profession. I call all the library professional under one roof and roar for their rights otherwise the day is not so far when library and librarianship will disappear from the list of profession.
Library science is not the worst degree, but the worst thing is that most of the LIS professionals are running only after jobs, running after the quantitative paper publication. We should stop this self centered acts to make our profession sustainable.
Of course 'yes', because, It is the only degree that any one can get for which they should spend one year for UG and another One yr for PG. That too it is easily available through 'CORRESS'. Any tom, dick and harry, if they need one 'OPTIONAL' they can do 'LIS'.
To make it the best, first of all, it should be a regular 3 year degree course for UG and 2 year degree course for PG. And it should be under the faculty of Sc and Tech, a Library and Information Science (that is B.Sc (LIS) and M.Sc (LIS)). And no more 'Corress' to be continued.
for pay structure, Leave and all other benefits, the professors of library, should be treated as teaching staff and we don't want the words like 'at par with' or the non-teaching or non-vocational staff, etc.
Otherwise, both the LIS degree and the status of the so called librarians will be the Worst. To do so, we shall need a strong leader like Dr.S.R.Ranganathan, to represent UGC.
I do agree with S Kannan. I think that the Department of LIS also produce highly trained UDC. From this deplorable situation, it is needed to restructure the LIS education system in India.
Yes sir, I strongly agree with you , S. Kannan sir
u r right.
It is not only matter of quality of Library Science course and knowledge of person but it is also matter of value of Library science degree and value of librarian in the Institute and their salary. Many qualified and knowledgeable professional working in private institute are getting low salary due to low value of librarians.
Therefore if you got government job then your degree is valuable otherwise. I want to share one real case:
Two Friends did M.Sc. in Mathematics with first class. One is joined as Faculty for Mathematics and second joined as librarian after two year because He did M.Lib. after M.Sc. Now after 10 years first
person(faculty) is getting 40000 salary and second person(librarian) is getting only 19000 salary in the
same institute. Second person(librarian) is now realize his mistake to get library science degree and choosing their career in library science.
Please read link about Ten Reasons Why ‘Professional Librarian’ is an Oxymoron
I welcome you kind replies. I have not posted this topic under frustration but please take a while to check my education details and give comments
1. BLIS ( First Division) in 2011-12
2. MLISC ( First Division with first Rank in university merit) in 2012-13 Gold medalist
3. NET Qualified in DEC 2012 and June 2014
My salary is 17100 + 8.33% PF
No time for family and friends
Treated like clerk
No government vacancies
corruption in direct recruitment
No proper directions
Always ignored: from college (education) days to professional day
we are equivalent to Asst Professors and Professors but only in papers. WHY ?
Think, if I were MA IN ENGLISH, MATHS, SCIENCE etc than what would my stand today ?
You are diffenitely write but what we can do