The Department of Library and Information Science was established in 2002. The department offers BLISc and MLISc in the self-financing stream. The BLISc began in 2002, followed by the MLISc in 2004. St Berchmans College was the first in Mahatma Gandhi University to offer Library and Information Science courses, as well as the first in Kerala to offer an MLISc programme. The basic requirement for admission to the bachelor’s program is a degree in any subject from a recognized university. Library science is an interdisciplinary field that combines the principles and practices of library administration. The disciplines that are associated with library science are education, management, and Information technology. The main objective of any library is to accumulate, organize, preserve and disseminate information resources. The role of library science is to provide a combined service of research and teaching. It contributes to the knowledge base of professionals and helps in preparing them to achieve excellence. The library science course will help in designing and improving libraries. In the digital age, the importance of librarians and library science is increasing. Library professionals are fully engaged in providing information services to professionals and organizations. The demand for high-quality, filtered information has increased in the modern digital age, and librarians now play an important role in meeting that demand. In this digital age, this has expanded the scope of library science. Individuals interested in studying library and information science have a wide range of job opportunities, including traditional library work in academic institutions such as schools, colleges, IITs, IIMs, universities, and so on, public libraries such as panchayath, municipal, district, state, and national libraries, archivist work in archives and museums, and information specialists in research institutes and MNCs. Demand for future librarians is expected to come from corporate entities looking for research experts skilled in computer databases and information organization, also known as information officers, information scientists, information professionals, and so on.
Berchmans Library Science Students Association
Established in 2002, is a forum for professional and cultural activities of the Library and Information Science students of St. Berchmans College. It follows, shares, and discusses current trends and conversations happening in the field. Its basic aim is to foster feelings of friendliness and co-operation and to provide a forum for the professional development of the students and to encourage them for various types of professional activities. It also organizes special lectures and field trips from time to time during the session. It was constituted for the purpose of enhancing the academic and professional careers of all Library and Information Science students.
Dhwani Audio Library is a free audio book library service for students who have temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical, perceptual, or reading disability that prevents them from using regular print materials. With the assistance of the college administration, an audio library was established. Using the Audacity software, printed books will be converted to audio format, allowing students to listen to them on MP3 players on their mobile phones and laptops. Books converted will be from the prescribed syllabi of St Berchmans College and Mahatma Gandhi University. To avoid copyright issues, permission from the author of the literary work will be obtained before converting it to audio format.
Every year the Department of Library and Information Science of St. Berchmans College conducts a book fest – Akshara. The exposition gave a chance for the students and faculty to come across the latest books from leading publishers.
100% Placement till date
Recent alumni of the library and information science program at St. Berchmans have secured positions in the following fields: