Emerging Frontiers of Library and Information Science and Employment Potential of Professionals

  • Resmi Sara Thomas Pandalam Study Centre, Kerala University Library System, Kerala
  • Dr. Vijayakumar K. P. University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 034
Keywords: Information Science, Informatics, Informetrics, Scientometrics, Employability, Career opportunities, Competencies of LIS professionals, Infopreneurship


Over a period of time the body of knowledge concerned with the generation, collection, storage, processing, retrieval, dissemination and use of information assumed different names based on the shift in emphasis of the format of information and the techniques used for handing it. Thus, there was a name change from Library Science, Documentation, Information Science, and Informatics. With the widespread application of Information Technology, there emerged several spin-offs for this body of knowledge like Informetrics, Scientometrics, Altmetrics and so on. Depending on the specialization, it became imperative for the Library and Information professionalsto acquire new competencies not only to stay afloat but also to thrive in the ever-changing environment. This paper surveys the development of the body of the body of knowledge dealing with the handling of information over the years and examines the skill sets and competencies required for the LIS professionals to play diversified roles successfully and thereby make them indispensable in the knowledge society.


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Author Biographies

Resmi Sara Thomas, Pandalam Study Centre, Kerala University Library System, Kerala

Assistant Librarian

Dr. Vijayakumar K. P., University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 034

Former Head, Dept. of Library and Information Science


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