BA (Special Degree Programme

Library Science and Information Science (LIS) is a growing academic and professional subject field, which has by now attained the status of a separate discipline. The management of libraries needs persons with academic, professional qualifications and expertise. Proficiency in one or two subjects in the natural sciences, social sciences or the humanities and the management is helpful in the professional development of a librarian/Information Specialist for delivering an effective and efficient Library and Information service for the learning societies.


Objectives of the program

The broad objective of this programme is to equip the students competent with basic technical training both academic and professional knowledge, competencies in Library and Information Science.
The specific intended learning objectives are:
  • To enable the student to apprehend the functions and purpose of library in changing socio, economic, political, academic and modern ICT environments;
  • To equip them with knowledge, skills and attitudes for the collection, organization, arrangement and the dissemination of information in different types of libraries and information centers;
  • To provide basic knowledge and aptitude of computing in order to serve in any LIS setting and to apply them for different types of LIS services;
  • To produce mid level professionals who can work in various types of libraries including information centers and digital libraries;
  • To prepare them for further studies and research in areas of library, ICT and other related fields;
  • To prepare the students as beginners of knowledge workers in the learning and knowledge society.

Broad Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Library and Information Science Module, every student will be able to describe the system of libraries and information centers. The students will be able to manage the traditional and digital libraries in handling the issues at the service points independently. The student will be able to use library automation software and work in a digital and any virtual environment.

Overview of Courses

The focused areas are the fundamental elements of librarianship and a historical overview of libraries and information centers, Librarianship as a profession and the place of libraries in knowledge based society, Information systems and networks, ICT, Information literacy and ability to recognize, locate, evaluate, and use effectively when information is needed. Information literacy in the contemporary environment that provides the basis for lifelong learning common to all disciplines. The other areas are the types of libraries and their services, library building and equipment including library standards. Book trade, publishing, copyright, reprography and fair use, issues related to book trade resource sharing and library cooperation.

Library materials and sources and services, Introduction to bibliographic control: Library cataloguing and classification theory and practice, Reference services, sources and practices, Introduction to library management including finance, staff, human resources, statistics and library marketing. Managing change areas are the Library automation, Maintaining of databases in libraries, Use of internet, WWW and digital collection development in libraries.

Course Content

Special 1st Year

LISC 21414 - Universe of Knowledge

Universe of knowledge, Introduction to knowledge, definitions, Layers and formation of knowledge, Types and classification of knowledge, Acquisition and growth of knowledge, Definition of subjects, Introduction to subject formation and Ranganathan’s contribution, Natural Sciences and Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and their development, present trends; Information society; Information for development; Knowledge management, and Indigenous knowledge with special reference to Sri Lanka. ; Book publishing and printing, new trends, publishing industry in the world with special reference to Sri Lanka; Copyright and intellectual property laws, copyright of e-resources; Censorship with special reference to Sri Lanka

Special 2nd Year

LISC 31412 - Library Building and Standards

Library buildings, design and planning, interior and infrastructure designing; library equipment and furniture selection; Library building security and safety; Library disaster management; Library Standards.

Special 3rd Year

LISC 41414 - Data Base Management and Internet Programming
Database Management Systems (DBMS) (Including SQL, Mysql), PHP Programming (PHP), Script Programming; Java Scripting Languages, Web Designing (Dreamview, HTML Basic Commands. Introduction to desktop publishing.

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