Prof. M.K. Weerasinghe

B.A.(Kel'ya), M.Lib.I.Sc.(Punjab), M.Lib.I.Sc, Ph.D.
Proffessor in Library and Information Science
Email: mervinku@hotmail.lk
Contacts: 0094(0)714475402 / 0094(0)112917712 / 902
Room No: K3 015 - 2

Research Interest

National Libraries, Library Technical Services, Library Management,  E-Information Services, Reader Services

Working Experience

  1. Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya from 2009 to date

  2. Director General, the National Library and Documentation Services Board.Sri Lanka.From 2008-2010nior Lecturer (Grade 1), Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. From 1999 –2008
  3. Senior Lecturer (Grade 1), Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. From 1999 –2008

  4. Senior Lecturer (Grade 11), Department of Library & Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. From: 1993 - 1999

  5. Assistant Lecturer, Department of Library &Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. From: 1986 -1992
  6.  Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Department of Library& Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. From : 1985-1986

  7.   Member of the Collection Development Team , Victoria university of Wellington, New Zealand - 2004






Teaching in 2019

Special Degree Programme

LISC 21424 - Libraries and Their Development 
LISC 21434 -Reference Services and Sources   
LISC 22422 -Collection Development and User Services

General Degree Programme

LISC 11213 - Libraries and Librarianship 
LISC 11233 - Libraries and Their Services
LISC 31012 -
Reference and Information Services

Positions

  1. Head ,of the Dept.of Library & Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 1993 -1996.
  2.  Course Coordinator, Diploma courses in Library & Information Science,University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 1993-to date.
  3.  Course Coordinator, MSSc in Library& Information Science,University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 1993-1996     
  4.  Member of Education Committee of Sri Lanka National Library Service Board. 1996
  5.  Acting Head of the Department from 28.09.1998 – to 01.10.1998
  6.   Personal Student Councilor, , University of Kelaniya, 1998
  7. Course Coordinator, Diploma courses in Library & Information Science University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 1999
  8.  Head of the Department of Library & Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri 2001 -2003 
  9.  Acting Head of the Department from 24.04.2017-10-05-2017
  10.   Team Leader /Usage of Encyclopeadia,Usage of Libraries & Provision of Library Books for School in Difficult Areas/A Research project conducted by the MG Consultants
  11.  Personal Student Councilor, University of Kelaniya, 2004

Awards

  1. Scholarships granted by the Indian Council for Culture and Relation. 1991-1993
  2. The British Council Grant for IGSS. University of Wales UK in 1999
  3. The British Council Award for e-book-University of Bournemouth UK in 2003
  4. The President Fund’s Scholarship for Ph.D. studies at University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2005

Publications

  1. "Reading patterns of University student of Sri Lanka.”Dissertation submitted to the University of Kelaniya partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. 1985.
  2.  "Reference Service in the University Library with special reference to the Libraries of Punjab University :Kurukshetra University and University of Delhi” .Thesis, submitted to the Punjab University India. Practical fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Library &Information Science.1993.
  3.  “A Comparative Study on Leadership and Collaborative Role of National Libraries: with special Reference to the National Library of Sri Lanka and National Libraries of Europe” Thesis to be submitted to the Antwerp University, Belgium. Partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.2009.
  4. “Amalgamation of the National Museum Library to the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka”. A research paper presented to the International Conference on Social Sciences, Sri Lanka-2008

  5. “Strategic Planning and National Libraries. A case study based on the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka” A research paper presented to the  09th Annual Research Symposium-2008 /Faculty of Graduate Studies University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka

  6. “A Proposal for the establishment of a Cultural National Library for the Tamil community in Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka”. A research paper presented to the Library and Information Science Research Symposium-2008.University of Kelaniya

  7. “A New Proposals for restructuring of the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka”. A research paper presented to the 8th Annual Research Symposium 2007/Faculty of Graduate Studies University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka.

  8. “Leadership and Collaborative Role of National Libraries, with special Reference to the National Library of Sri Lanka and National Libraries of Europe”. A research paper presented to the 7th Annual Research Symposium 2006/Faculty of Graduate Studies University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka

  9. Usage of Encyclopeadia, Usage of Libraries & Provision of Library Books for School in Difficult Areas: Second General Education Project,2003

  10. An introduction of a new model for the National Library and Documentation Centre. A presentation based on PhD programme at National Library and Documentation Centre, Colombo on 30-05-2007

  11. “Usage of the Buddhist literature collections in the National Library of Sri Lanka and the proposed collaborative programmes among the libraries with Buddhist literature collections”: A Research Paper, International Seminar on Buddhist Heritage, 15-17 January 2009, Gujarat, India

  12. “Collaborative Model for the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka”: A Research Paper, Asia Pacific Conference on Library and Information Education and Practice, 6-8 March, 2009 University of Tsukuba, Japan

  13. Country Report-Sri Lanka- Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania, Meeting held in Tokyo Japan, 2008

  14. Country Report-Sri Lanka- Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania, Meeting held in Hanoi, Vietnam, 2009

  15. Report on the Memory of the World National Committee of Sri Lanka MOWCAP 4TH General Meeting, Macau, 7-10 March 2010

  16. “Leadership, Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism in Library Services” A Paper. International Conference organized by the Society for Library Professionals, New Delhi, 16-17 March 2012.

  17. “The New Organizational Structure for the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka” A Paper. International Conference on Education and Social Sciences organized by ICEASS, Beijing, China on 22nd -24th May 2014

  18. Leadership Role of the National Library for the Academic Library system in Sri Lanka”. Research Paper. Academic Conference of International Journal of Arts and Sciences. Harvard Medical School, Boston. USA on 22nd -26th March 2017.

  19. “A New Model for the Library Science Education and Research in Sri Lanka”.  A Research Paper. Academic Conference of International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Freiburg University, Germany on   28th of November to 1st of December 2017

  1. Weerasinghe,M.K .(1990).“Library & Society”. Library  Science. Published by the   Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya,  Sri Lanka Vol.1    No.1
  2. Weerasinghe,M.K .(1992). “Ancient writing Tradition”. Sambasha. Published by the Ministry of Education,.Sri Lanka
  3. Weerasinghe,M.K.(1992). “ Library   Cooperation”. Library   News. Published by the National Library and Documentation Centre,Sri Lanka    Vol .11, No.3
  4. Weerasinghe,M.K .(1998). “Library Stock Verification”.Library  Science. Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka  Vol.1   
  5. Weerasinghe,M.K .(1998). “Reference Service”. Library News. Published by the National Library and Documentation Services Board. Sri Lanka .Vol. 19.
  6. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2001). “Rebuilding of Ancient Library of Alexandria” .Library Science. Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya Vol.1.
  7. Weerasinghe,M.K.(2003)The Dictator among Dictionaries. Library Science. Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
  8. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2006). “National Libraries should Protected”.Library  Science. Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka  Vol.6
  9. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2006). “Diamond Suthra”, Library Science. Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka Vol.5
  10. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2006). “The Life and professional Contribution of Professor Ranganathan”.  Library News. Published by the National Library and Documentation Centre. Sri Lanka Vol.3
  11. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2007). “National Libraries and Collaboration”. Library News. Published by National Library and Documentation Centre. Sri Lanka. Vol .28
  12. Weerasinghe, M.K.(2009).“Library Materials in Ancient World”.  Library Collection, Journal Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
  13. Weerasinghe, M.K.(2009).“A new proposal for restructure for the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka” Kalyani (forthcoming), The Journal published by University of Kelaniya.
  14. Weerasinghe, M.K.(2009). “The collection of the Museum Library should be amalgamated to the National Library. Vidyarthi(forthcoming). Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
  15. Weerasinghe, M.K.(2009).“National Reading Month”.Library News (forthcoming). Published by the National Library and Documentation Centre. Sri Lanka. Published by theDepartment of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
  16. Weerasinghe,M.K.(2009).“ Future Direction of the National Library and Documentation Services Board”.National Library Week-Commemorative Volume.Published by the National Library and Documentation Services Board. Sri Lanka.
  17. Weerasinghe,M.K.(2012). The New Organizational Structure for the National Library and Documentation Centre,Sri Lanka. Professor Jayasiri Lankage Commemorative Volume.
  18. Weerasinghe,M.K.(2014). The National Libraries and their problems. Festschrift for Senior Professor Piyadasa Ranasinghe
  19. Weerasinghe,M.K.(2015). A pioneer of library Profession. Library Science. Published by the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
  20. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2002). “Seven Wonders of the World”. Sorrowwa, The Journal of the Bhudasrawaka University Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
  21. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2002). “The situation is danger”, Isura The Jounal Published by the Ministry of Mahaweli
  22. Weerasinghe,M.K .(1999). “Digital Puskola”,Sanvida, Journal of Sri Lanka Rupavahini cooperation

     

  1. Weerasinghe.M.K.(1994) Editor of the Journal of the Library Science. University of KelaniyaWeerasinghe.
  2. Weerasinghe,M.K.(2008) Editor of the Journal of Library News.National Library and Documentation Centre.
  3. Retrospect  Monographic  series  on  Archaeology, Anthropology  & History  Edited  and  published  by  the Head /  Dept. of  Archaeology.
  4. News Letter Dept. of Library and Information Science 2003
  5. Weerasinghe, M.K. Editor of the Journal Chiranthana Published by the Department of Archaeology ,University of Kelaniya
  6. Weerasinghe,M.K.Advisory Board of Compilation of Retrospective National Bibliography. 1931-1940
  7. Weerasinghe,M.K. Advisory Board of Compilation of National Bibliography.2009
  8. Weerasinghe,M.K. Advisory Board of Compilation of Sri Lanka Periodical Article Index 2008.
  9. Weerasinghe,M.K.Advisory Board of Compilation of Directory of Government Publications in Sri Lanka 2007
  1. Weerasinghe,M.K .(1989). Prof.  Ranganathan  1892-1972:Father of Indian Librarianship.Kelaniya: University of Kelaniya
  2. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2000). History of Libraries: A brief review of library history since ancient time to modern era.Kelaniya:University of Kelaniya.
  3. Weerasinghe,M.K .(2002). PothaPatha Watha Gotha.Kelaniya: University of Kelaniya.
  4. Weerasinghe,M.K(2009). National Libraries: Special Reference to the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka
  5. Weerasinghe,M.K. (2009). Leadership and     Collaborative role of National Libraries
  6. Weerasinghe,M.K. (2017).Poth Path Hasara.Kelaniya:University of Kelaniya
  1. Poster presentation by M.K.Weerasinghe, Collaborative Model for the National Library and Documentation Centre of Sri Lanka” A Research Paper and Poster presentation, Asia Pacific Conference on Library and Information Education and Practice, 6-8 March, 2009 University of Tsukuba, Japan
  2. Poster presentation by M.K.Weerasinghe“Usage of the Buddhist literature collections in the National Library of Sri Lanka and the proposed collaborative programmes among the libraries with Buddhist literature collections ” A Research Paper and Poster presentation,International Seminar on Buddhist Heritage,  15-17 January, Gujarat,India

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