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. 35,000.00


Coordinator : Prof.M.K Weerasinghe

Course Content

HDLS 23013- Advanced Classification
23013.1 Classification practice : DDC, UDC and CC

23013.2 Correct use of main classes, summaries, tables and special tables

23013.3 In-depth studies of other classification schemes
HDLS 23054- Library Automation: Planning and Implementation
23054.1 Library Automation: Introduction to Library Automation, Needs and Purpose of Library Automation, Areas of  Library automation, Areas of Library Automation

Library automation in Sri Lanka (past, present, future prospects)

Library Automation Software : Integrated Library Software, Stand-alone Library Software, Open Source Software, Commercial Library Software

ISO standards (MARC, Z39.50), Hardware and Software Requirements for Library Software Installation

Installation and maintenance Koha and ABCD

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