Institution of Librarians and Information Scientists (ILIS) is a prominent professional association of LIS personnel in Kerala. A group of young library professionals in Kerala under the leadership of Sri Stanly James Pradeepam, Former Librarian, University of Kerala decided to form an organization called Institution of Librarians and Information Scientists and is known by its acronym ILIS. ILIS members unanimously elected Sri. Stanly James Pradeepam as the President and Dr. Asha as the Secretary. The founding principles of the organization are to increase the capability and efficiency of the professionals working in the area of LIS in Kerala, to provide professional support and training to LIS professionals, to increase job opportunities and job security for library professionals. The long cherished dreams of the LIS professionals in Kerala came into reality on 17th July 2016, when ILIS was officially inaugurated by former UN Ambassador Sri. T P Sreenivasan in the presence of ILIS patron Prof (Dr) George Onnakoor Malayalam Litterateur and Former Professor, Mar Ivanious College, Thiruvananthapuram Dr, Rajeesh Syndicate member, University of Kerala and Prof (Dr) Achuth Sanker S, HoD, Department of Bioinformatics, University of Kerala.
The Institution of Librarians and Information Scientists (ILIS) was formed with the following aims;To boost the professional competency of members by promoting cooperation, communication and networking To champion the value of the LIS profession in the society To contribute to LIS literature by sponsoring learned journals and bringing out newsletters, monographs, handbooks, guidebooks and such other publications To organise conferences, seminars workshops and short term courses suited to enhance professional competence of LIS community To conduct need-based training programmes to pass outs from LIS schools To offer consultancy service to institutions To undertake research projects To negotiate with authorities on policy matters of relevance to the profession
Within the short period of its existence ILIS has been able to intervene and solve a lot of issues faced by library professionals and extend all services to increase professional efficiency of LIS Professionals.