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Information scientists

Information scientists

Information scientists can be found in almost every sector and the skillset required for these roles is very similar to that found in more traditional library and information management roles.

Information scientists are responsible for the acquisition, cataloguing, classification and storage of information as well as answering enquiries, managing electronic resources and writing reports, briefings and website content. They may also be expected to manage the organisation’s information budget, negotiate with vendors and train colleagues in the use of information systems and databases.

Qualifications and experience

Whilst information scientists can come from an IT background the usual route into this profession is through a LIS degree or postgraduate qualification. Cataloguing, classification, database creation and information audit skills are all required so any experience working in a library or archive is beneficial. A knowledge of data protection law is also handy as information scientists are also sometimes responsible for ensuring an organisation’s information systems are compliant.

For information science roles in some sectors, a bachelor’s degree in a related subject is also preferred.

Related roles

Data librarians



Relevant Special Interest Groups

Commercial, Legal & Scientific Information Group

UK Electronic Information Group


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