Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science

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.

 The Department of Library Science and Information Science of University of Kelaniya prepares Diploma holders who are marketable, both nationally and internationally. These study programmes is designed to prepare students for entry level and the leadership positions in a variety of library and information environments.

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 centres;
  •  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 basic and mid-level professionals who can work in various types of libraries including information centres and digital libraries;
  •  To prepare them for further studies and research in areas of library, ICT and other related fields;

Admission Criteria

In order to eligible for the entry to this study program, the applicant should fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • A pass in the Diploma in Library and Information Science  conducted by the University of Kelaniya or equivalent qualification accepted by the University of Kelaniya
  • A pass in the BA Degree in Library and Information Science equivalent qualification accepted by the University of Kelaniya

Target Group

  • Officials of Statutory bodies
  • Educators
  • Librarians / Assistant Librarians / Library Assistants
  • Staff of village knowledge centers

Duration / Course Fee

Duration : One Year
Course Fee : Rs. 22000.00


Coordinator : Prof.M.K Weerasinghe

Course Content

Paper1 (LIS 301)  Organization of Knowledge 

3.1.1  Practical aspects in  Library Classification and Cataloguing

3.1.2 Classification  in depth

3.1.3 New trends in Classification

3.1.4 Cataloguing in depth

3.1.5  New trends in Cataloguing

 Paper 2 (LIS 302)  Research Methods

3.2.1.Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science

  • Research Methods

3.2.3 Literature Survey in Humanities

3.2.4 Literature Survey in Science and Technology.

3.2.5 Literature Survey in Social Sciences.

3.2.6 Record Management

 Paper 3 (LIS 303)  Information Science: Systems, Design and Networks

3.3.1 Introduction to Information Communication Technology

3.3.2 Knowledge, Information and Society

3.3.3 Information Systems, Analysis and Design

3.3.4  Information  Architecture and Searching

3.3.5 Information Networks and New trends.

 Paper  4(LIS 304) Library Automation

3.4.1  Computer Systems

3.4.2  Data Storage & Data security

3.4.3  Networks

3.4.4  Systems Development

3.4.5  Integrated Library software available in Sri Lanka

 3.4.6  Office Automation

* A detailed assignment on literature survey has to be compiled by each student  selecting one of the subject areas mentioned  above.   This is an essay type assignment and should consist of  significant reference  and information  sources   such as publications,  resource persons and organizations  related to the relevant subject and these assignments should also exhibit the students' familiarity with  the modern trends and developments relevant  to  the subject  under discussion.

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