Librarianship as a profession.

The art and science of managing libraries are called “Librarianship”. The essential function of librarianship is to make available “information” in its widest sense, serving leisure as well as work needs, for the benefit of people seeking day to day information. Librarianship essentially concerns the problem of storage, retrieval and access to documents, in other words, information.

It basically refers to:

1. Document collection development.

2. Technical processing for the organization of documents.

3. Providing reference and bibliographic access to documents.

4. Providing physical facilities for reading.

5. Handling the different states of knowledge behaviour of the users of the library.

“Profession means an occupation, especially on requiring extensive education in a branch of science. A Librarian does not only come into contact with covers of knowledge but also experiences the pleasure and thrill of providing the right information to the right person at right time. Librarianship thus can be a great profession for those who enter it with the seriousness of purpose”.

Librarianship is, definitely, an occupation, which demands specialised knowledge and skills. Its study is based on a systematic theory which delineates and supports the skills that characterize the profession. It has its professional organizations which promote excellence in the work of the members, influence public sentiment and support and try to raise it to a position of dignity and social standing.


Original Reference Article:

  • Venkatasubbarao, M. (2013). Professional attitudes of librarians towards information and communication technology: a survey of engineering college libraries in north coastal Andhra Pradesh (Ph.D. Thesis). Andhra University, Departments: Department of Library and Information Science. http://hdl.handle .net/10603/8693

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