Prof. W.A. Weerasooriya

B.A.(Kel'ya), M.Lib.I.Sc.(Punjab), M.Lib.I.Sc, Ph.D.(Pune)
Professor in Library & Information Science
Email: waw@kln.ac.lk
Contacts: 0094(0)714458345 / 0094(0)112917712 / 906
Room No: K3 007 - 2

Research Interest

School Librarianship,Bibliographic control,Information Management and Knowledge Management, Library management, Curriculum development, Indigenous Knowledge and Intangible Cultural Heritage Management (IK and ICHM) Library Advocacy, Bibliometric and Scientometrics, Library and Information Ethics

Working Experience

  1. Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya (2009 to date)
  2. Head ,  Department of Library and Information Science,  University of Kelaniya (2009 - 2011)
  3. Senior Lecturer Grade I, Department of Library and Information Science,  University of Kelaniya (2000)
  4. Senior Lecturer Grade II, Department of Library and Information Science,  University of Kelaniya (1998)
  5. Visiting Lecturer Masters of Arts in Library and Information Science (MA), University of Kelaniya (1994 to date)
  6. Visiting Lecturer Masters in Social Sciences in Library and Information Science (MSSc), University of Kelaniya
  7. Visiting Lecturer Masters in Library and Information Science, National Institute of Lirary and Information Science (2009)
  8. Visiting Lecturer Diploma and Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya
  9. Examiner of Masters in Social Sciences in Library and Information Science (MSSc) Theses submitted to the Faculty of Graduate studies, University of Kelaniya
  10. Supervisor of Masters in Social Sciences in Library and Information Science () Theses Faculty of Graduate studies, University of Kelaniya
  11. Examiner/Evaluator of Ph.D. Theses submitted to Universities in India.
  12. Senior Assistant Libraian, Universty of Colombo (1990 -1997)
  13. Senior Assistant Librarian, Uinversity of  Ruhuna (1985 -1990)
  14. Visiting Lecturer, Sri Lanka Library Association
  15. Visitng Lecturer, Diploma in Journalism, Universty of Colombo
  16. Guest Lecturer of the extension courses in National Library and Services Board
  17. Coodinator, Agricultural Information Network (AGRINET) of the southern region sponsered by the natural energy and science authority, Sri Lanka

Teaching in 2019

Special Degree Programme

LISC 21414 - Universie of Knowledge
LISC 22414 - Organization of Knowledge: Classification Theory
LISC 31424 - Organization of Knowledge: Classification Practice
LISC 31443 - Advanced Classification Practical
LISC 32424 - Library Advocacy and Policy Development
LISC 41432 - Documentation, Services and Centers 
LISC 41443 - Information and Knowledge Management Practical
LISC 41454 - Library and Information Management

General Degree Programme


LISC 11212
-  Libraries and their services
LISC 11242- Collection Development
LISC 21222 - Bibliographic Control;Classification
LISC 21242 - Classification Practical
LISC 31022 - Library Management

Positions

  1. Council Member, Sri Lanka Library Association.
  2. Coordinator, MA and MSSc Programs, Dept. of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya.
  3. Chairperson, Advisory Committee of Education and Training, National Library and Documentation Services Board.
  4. Member, Advisory Committee of Conservation and Restoration, National Library and Documentation Services Board.
  5. Member, Advisory Committee of Grading Libraries, National Library and Documentation Services Board.
  6. Member, Faculty Quality Assurance Committee, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya.
  7. Member, Management Diary Committee, University of Kelaniya.
  8. Member, Student Handbook Committee, University of Kelaniya.
  9. Secretary, Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya.

Publications

  1. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2014) “Continuing Professional Development model for University Librarians”, Conference proceedings of Annual Research Symposium 2014, National Center for Advanced Studies, 21st March 2014 University Grants Commission Sri Lanka.
  2. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2010) “Continuous professional Development Programs for the university libraries in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, 18th & 20th March 2010, The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka and the Open University of Sri Lanka.
  3. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2010) “The new organization culture: a path professionalism and a new paradigm shift for university libraries in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the University Librarians Association (ICULA), 14th & 15th July 2010, University Librarians Association, Sri Lanka. pp 171-187.
  4. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2010) “Organizational and staff qualities and norms system for the University libraries of Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the Third International Symposium “New Horizons in Humanities and Sciences towards Sustainable Development”, 26th-28th August 2010, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.
  5. Weerasooriya, W.A.; Satija, M.P. (2013) “Social Sciences in the Dewey Decimal Classification: a critique”, 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences, (ICSS), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya.
  6. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2014) “Threats and opportunities in library education: new strategies in the curriculum development in the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka”, Abstracts of the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, 8th – 10th September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
  7. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2015) “Job market competencies for the undergraduates in library and information science: with special reference to University libraries”, International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPRC)-10th-11th 2015, organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.
  8. Weerakoon, W.R.W.M.A.U. and Weerasooriya, W.A. (2016) “A Bibliometric Assessment of the Intellectual Content and Recognition Level of the Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka”, 1st International Conference on Library and Information Management (ICLIM - 2016), 21st - 22nd October 2016, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. p 131.
  9. Jeyaraj, W.J. and Weerasooriya, W.A. (2016) “Constraints in Conducting Survey Research among Visually Impaired Undergraduate in Sri Lanka”, 1st International Conference on Library and Information Management (ICLIM - 2016), 21st - 22nd October 2016, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. p 50.
  10. Weerasooriya, W.A., Weerasinghe, M.K., Wanigasooriya, A.W.A.P.L.P., Piyarathana Thero, L., Suraweera, N. and Chamara, K.A.T. (2016) “Design and development of a desired Graduate Profile (GP) for the BA (Honors) Degree program in Library and Information Science (BLISC) conducted by the Department of Library and Information Science (DELIS), University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka”, 1st International Conference on Library and Information Management (ICLIM - 2016), 21st - 22nd October 2016, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. pp 132-133.
  11. Pratheepan, T. and Weerasooriya, W.A. (2016) “Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (JNSF), 2011 - 2015: A Citation Analysis”, 1st International Conference on Library and Information Management (ICLIM - 2016), 21st - 22nd October 2016, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. p 85.
  12. Suraweera, Namali, Weerasooriya, W.A. and Weerasinghe, M.K. (2016) “Introduction of assignment assessment system for higher education in Sri Lanka”, 1st International Conference on Library and Information Management (ICLIM - 2016), 21st - 22nd October 2016, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. p 123.
  13. Ananda Tissa, R.D. and Weerasooriya, W.A. (2016) “Social acceptance and tenure of library professionals in Sri Lanka: a comparative study with special reference to Public libraries and University libraries”, 1st International Conference on Library and Information Management (ICLIM - 2016), 21st - 22nd October 2016, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. p 6.
  14. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2017) “A new 5S model for drafting Code of Ethics and Conduct for professionals with special reference to Library and Information professionals” Abstracts of the International Conference  (ICKRLT -2017),  on Knowledge Resources and Library Technologies, February 24-25, 2017 organized by the Department of Library and Information Science, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India.
  15. Pratheepan, T. and Weerasooriya, (2016) “A Scientometric study of the physics professors in Sri Lankan Universities”, Abstracts of the 8th International Conference of the University Librarians Association (ICULA), 9th-10th March 2016.
  16. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2017)Some salient points to be considered in designing and developing undergraduate honors curriculums: an experience from BA Honors Degree in Library and Information Science (LIS) in the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka”, Abstracts of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) International Conference for Social Sciences and Humanities held on 28th November 2017 to 1st December 2017, Freiburg, Germany.
  17. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2010) “The new organization culture: a path professionalism and a new paradigm shift for university libraries in Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of the University Librarians Association, 14th & 15th July 2010, University Librarians Association, Sri Lanka. pp 171-187.
  18. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2014) “Threats and opportunities in library education: new strategies in the curriculum development in the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, 8th – 10th September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
  1. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2010) “Managing human resources in university libraries in Sri Lanka: appropriate styles and strategies.” Sri Lanka Library Review, 24: 61-69.
  2. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2014) “Use of management role approach and the relevant competencies for developing the service of public libraries in Sri Lanka.” Sri Lanka Library Review, 28: 31-40.
  3. Navaneethkrishnan, S. and Weerasooriya, W.A., (2015) “Trends of degree of collaboration of journals related to Humanities and Social Sciences published by Sri Lankan Universities” Journal of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, 4:245-261.
  4. Pratheepan, T. and Weerasooriya, W.A. (2015) “The publication output and impact of various faculties in Sri Lankan Universities: A Scientometric assessment and policy implications” Journal of University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 19 (1):54-70.
  5. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2016) “An analysis of types of abstracts and the compilations of an abstract”, Library Science, 8, pp.18-25.
  6. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2016) “Factors affecting library profession and professional image of Sri Lankan Librarians: An Overview”, SRELS Journal of Information Management, 53, (3), pp.165-169.
  7. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2017) “Writing article scientifically for a scholarly journal: Vidyarthi, the Journal of Library and Information Science Alumni Association, 2:39-50.
  1. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2011) “Reading a path for the development” In: National Reading Month October 2011 Commemoration Volume composed by National Library and Documentation Services Board, NLDSB, Colombo,pp.8-12.
  2. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2012) “Components of a library classification system: A study based on the Dewey Decimal Classification” In: Professor Jayasiri Lankage Felicitation Volume edited by Piyadasa Ranasinghe and R.D. Ananda Tissa, Colombo, Godage, pp.194-212.
  3. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2014) “Essential factors and characteristics that should be        made available in a Classification System: a review In: Kritavedi  Festschrift for Senior Professor Piyadasa Ranasinghe edited by Legumdeniye Piyarathana, W. A. Weerasooriya, R. D. Ananda Tissa, Professor Piyadasa Ranasinghe Foundation, Ragama, pp. 165-172.
  4. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2015) “Problems and difficulties faced by Sri Lankan Librarians in classifying library materials” In: 25th Anniversary Commemoration Volume of Sri Lanka National Library 2015 composed by National Library and Documentation Services Board, NLDSB, Colombo, pp. 65-72.
  5. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2016) “Use of historical research method for the field of Library and information Science” In: Samprasadana: Essays in honor of Professor K. M. P. Kulasekera, edited by Dilma Koggalage, Department of History, University of Kelaniya, and Kelaniya.pp.425-430.
  6. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2017) “Writing the literature review for research purposes for the novices of research and the researchers” In: Festschrift for Venerable Harangala Sri Wimalarathana Thero, edited by H.K.I. Sevvandi, Rev. L. Piyarathana Thero, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya,  Kelaniya.pp.215-224.
  7. Weerasooriya, W.A. (2017) “Multi-purpose uses of Library Classification Scheme: an overview” In: ‘Bhadanta Revathabinandana’ Felicitation volume dedicated to  Venerable Professor Navagamuwe Revatha thero, edited by Valapnae Gnanasena and Baladora Indrajothi, Department of Sanskrit, University of Kelaniya,  Kelaniya.pp.430-434.
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