Library Science Job Market in India: A Content Analysis of LIS–Forum


The two main objectives of the current study were to explore the Library and Information Science (LIS) job market in India and to identify employer expectations as regards jobs advertised. The study was limited to India-based job postings from a single LIS forum. Repeated job postings were not considered. Since all job postings did not have all the details required, conclusions have been arrived at based on available data. Compared to previous studies, this study provides a comprehensive view of LIS vacancies in India. It helps both candidates and employers understand the designations, qualifications, expectations, salary structure and technological and communication skills required. The 14-year duration of this study made it possible to sense the employment trends in the LIS job market. Content analysis was applied to 2,637 LIS-related posts, spanning 14 years (January 2004 to December 2017), on the LIS–Forum-Discussion Forum for Library and Information Professionals in India. Analysis revealed an upward trend in middle-level jobs. The government sector advertised the greatest number of jobs while academic sector jobs were most sought after. The greatest number of job openings were for the designation of Librarian and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) was the most sought-after qualification. Overall, the experience required for the roles ranged from 1 to 5 years. Interviews and walk-ins were the employers’ preferred modes of selection.