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Librarian Career Information

What a Librarian does

Abilities & Traits Required


A number of educational institutions offer certificate, diploma, graduate and post-graduate courses in library science. In the undergraduate programme, you will learn subjects such as literature, cataloguing, bibliography, documentation, computer applications, research methodology, preservation and maintenance of manuscripts etc.

The Master's programme involves topics like data processing, indexing, and management of information centres, archives and library planning. This includes topics such as architecture and furnishing. So it's no walk in the park people.


Pay scales range from Rs.25000 to Rs.30000 per month. In most institutions rules set by the University Grants Commission (UGC) apply.

Generally, assistants need to have at least 5-8 years of experience before they can move on to the Senior Library Assistant's position.

In around 13-16 years time you can expect to reach the post of Chief Librarian. However in private libraries you can expect much faster career growth

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