Musts for Library Professionals

To become a successful library professional in the profession, it is essential to keep the seven points alive all the time:

1. Active Responder:

A normal library user enters the library with the hope to get the desired material with less effort. Here, a library professional should play the role of ‘Active Responder’ by attending to many queries at a time and also keeping alive the unfulfilled demand till the demand is fulfilled.

2. Empathetic behavior:

Empathy allows your inner consciousness to feel others’ pain as if you have pain. A library professional must respond in an empathetic manner to the library users and also must try to build enough confidence in them to use library resources & services with self-help.

3. Service before Self:

A library professional should enter the library with the motto “Service before Self”. In other words, the five laws of library science should always remain in mind and library professionals must offer themselves after service to the library.

4. Tactful Approach:

The library is a center of service where a user approaches with different attitudes and options. A tactful approach by library professionals will help to deal with the various types of users with ease and can avoid inviting bad names to the profession.

5. Perseverance:

It is better to knock on another door if a library professional cannot devote his heart and soul to the profession as the library profession requires very hard work and perseverance. The library profession is just not the last door for rejected souls rather it demands enough patience and disposition toward the profession.

6. Service with Smile:

A library professional must be capable enough to guide others in a true sense. S/he must be conversant with library resources available in the library in order to provide the service with a smile. Library Professional’s capability should attract library users towards themselves to quench their thirst.

7. Collection development without any prejudice:

Collection development in the library by a library professional must be without any prejudice. However, the library professional should not build a collection which is below standard. At the same time, rejection of documents should not be based on personal like or dislike for declaring the documents as below standard.


DP Tripathi

NIT Jalandhar