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What kind of personality attributes are required to make a career in library & information science?

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Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
  • Chandigarh

Librarians assist people find facts. They organize information and help people find books,magazines, videos, web sites and other information. Library and information professionals develop the ability to design, create , identify, locate , retrieve and exploitinformationin all formats.

They offer employers the skills that rare vital to any organization's success, whether they are in the public or private sector.

Libraries are of many types : public libraries , children' libraries, reference libraries, educational libraries in schools , colleges, universities , research
institutionsand museums and specialized libraries in diffrent organizations such as banks, government offices, companies, law firms, news papers , publishing houses etc.

A library and information career will require great interpersonal skills. Libraries should have the skills to deal with a wide variety and types of people effectively. Patience with reader's queries, a helping nature , a methodical approach, wide range of interest, organizing ability , a logical mind, love for books and a good memory are other traits which are essential for the profession.

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Vivek Kumar
Vivek Kumar
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Counselor / Subject Matter Expert in Microbiology
  • Meerut

Dear Aspirant, I really appreciate that you want to make your career either in library and information science. Let me tell you one thing, that for any job, an interpersonal skill or personal attributes are very important. This infarct is required to communicate with other people. Without effective communication you cannot understand what a person want to say or what you want to say to some one.

The personality attributes can be said like this, this the skill which we everyday use to interact and communicate with other people both individual and in groups. People who have strong personality attributes are very successful in their personal and professional life. The persons with personality attributes are more calm, optimistic, confidant and charismatic. These are the qualities which are liked by others.

For a person to make a career in library and information science, the following personality attributes are important.

1. Verbal communication attributes: what we say and how we say our words and opinions.

2. Non verbal communication attributes; we do not say any word, but still by our facial expression or body language to communicate your meaning to others.

3. Listening skills attributes; how we say and listen to the others for effective communication.

4. Negotiation attributes; how do we negotiate and come to a final conclusions without any problem

5. Problem solving attributes; how evidentiary, define and solve the problem of others amicably

6. Decision making attributes; exploring and analyzing options to make sound decisions

7. Assertiveness attributes; communicating our ideas, beliefs, needs and wants freely to others.

Everyone comes on this earth with basic and instinct personality attributes, it becomes and integral part of or personality that we do not want to improve it. But our colleagues, friends and even our self assessment can tell us about our personality attributes.

Since in the field aof library and information sciences, one has to communicate and interact with many people to solve their queries and also to help them. Therefore, it becomes indispensable for everyone to have good personality attributes. Since you have to deal with wide variety of personalities on daily basis, you have to give them some information, you have to guide them off and on.

Good luck...

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