LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is one of the premier institutions in the country providing Library and Information Science (LIS) courses through distance mode. It has introduced many innovative ways and means of providing distance learning packages to the learners. The LIS courses offered by IGNOU are quite popular and they have set a new trend of multi-media based LIS education in the country. The multi-media approach of instruction followed by the University comprises:Self-instructional printed course material packages
|Library and Information Science Programmes|
In response to the demand for a large number of trained personnel in libraries, documentation and information centers, for various positions particularly medium and junior level positions, the University launched its Bachelorís Degree in Library and Information Science Programme (BLIS) in 1989. To keep pace with the changing dimension of the subject, particularly in relation to the application of Information Technology (IT), the programme has been completely revised in 2000. The Hindi version of the Programme has been launched in 2003.Medium of Instruction
The programme is being offered in English as well as in Hindi language.
The programme is open to either of the following :
ē Graduates with at least 50% marks.
ē Graduates with Diploma in Library Science from a recognised institution.
ē Graduates with 2 years of working experience in Library and Information Centres.
ē Bachelorís Degree in any professional area (viz., Engineering, Medicine, Law, etc.)
The programme can be completed in a minimum period of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years.
The BLIS programme is of 36 credits spread over 9 courses. One credit involves 30 hours of study by the students. So a student has to devote 120 hours of study in completing a 4 credits for a course. A student may decide how many courses he/she would like to pursue in a year by calculating how much time can be spent in a year. This provides an unique opportunity to the learners to complete the programme according to his/her own convenience.
The important feature of the programme is continuous evaluation through assignments and practicals, followed by term-end examination. The term-end examination is held in June and December every year to facilitate the students to take the examination according to their convenience.
Bachelorís Degree Programme delivery system adopts multiple media approach
such as, self instructional print materials, audio-video, assignments, counselling sessions, practical work, teleconferencing and
interactive radio counselling. The counselling sessions are conducted through a number of study
centres spread all over the country. The Study Centres are also located in the countries like
The fee for the programme is Rs.4,400.
The BLIS programme comprises 9 courses of which 7 are devoted to theoretical aspects and 2 are meant for practicals.
BLIS-01 - Library and Society
BLIS-02 - Library Management
BLIS-03 - Library Classification Theory
BLIS-03P : Library Classification Practice
BLIS-04 - Library Cataloguing Theory
BLIS-04P - Library Cataloguing Practice
BLIS-05 - Reference and Information Sources
BLIS-06 - Information Services
BLIS-07 - Information Technology : Basics
Keeping in view the need for quality
professionals capable of holding senior level positions in Library, Information
Institutions, Universities, etc. and also to build up efficient information
intermediaries, the University launched its Masterís Degree Programme in Library
and Information Science (MLIS) in 1994. The revised version of the programme
was launched from July 2005. Information is a pervasive element in contemporary
society, the development of which will depend upon the future shape of information
services particularly with the usage of Information Communication Technologies.
To this end in view, the MLIS programme has been launched wherein information
access, processing, organization and dissemination are the core components.
Unlike the MLIS Courses of other Universities, MLIS programme puts emphasis
on handling and access to information in all forms rather than the conventional
library activities. The popularity of the course has resulted in spreading
its wing to other countries also like
Medium of Instruction
The Programme is offered in English.
The programme is available to the candidates who have BLIS Degree or its equivalent from any recognized university and similar institutions.
The programme can be completed in a minimum period of 1 year and a maximum period of 4 years.
The MLIS programme comprises 36 credits. Each course has weightage of 4 credits. One credit involves 30 hours of study by the students. Thus, for completing one course a student has to put in 120 hours of study. He/she can decide how many courses can be pursued in a year, thus providing flexibility in course completion.
The 36 credit programme comprises 6 core courses, one project and 2 electives (to be selected out of 6 electives being offered now).
Special Features of MLIS Programme
The special features of the programme is its excellent study materials developed by the experts in the country and have been prepared not only by the specialists and experienced librarians but also specialists in computer, communication and media technologies. The material is utilized by many Universities as text books. The other feature of the programme is to offer compulsory Practical and Seminar components which envisages to develop the communication skills of the students.
The MLIS Programme adopts continuous evaluation system through assignments, practical work, seminars and term-end examination. The term-end examination is held twice - June and December every year to facilitate the students to complete the courses according to their convenience.
The fees for the Programme is Rs.8,000.
The Programme has been designed and developed keeping in view the handling of information rather than library materials as a whole. The programme consists of 6 core courses one project and 6 electives (out of which 2 have to be selected).
MLI-101: Information, Communication and Society
MLII-101: Information Sources, Systems and Services
MLIL-102: Information Processing and Retrieval
MLI-102: Management of Library and Information Centres
MLII-103: Fundamentals of Information Communication Technologies
MLI-104: Information Communication Technologies: Application
MLIP-002: Project Electives
MLIE-101: Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials (Elective)
MLIE-102: Research Methodology (Elective)
MLIE-103: Academic Library System (Elective)
MLIE-104: Technical Writing (Elective)
MLIE-105: Scientometrics and Informetrics (Elective)
MLIE-106: Public Library System and Services (Elective)
LIVE (Library and Information Virtual Education)
is an initiative of IGNOU to develop
in-house Learning & Content Management System for imparting online education.
It is envisaged as a complete virtual learning environment suite covering
all the activities from registration to certification. The virtual learning
environment has the following features:
Post Graduate Diploma In Library Automation and Networking (PGDLAN)
The Post Graduate Diploma in Library Automation and Networking (PGDLAN) aims at developing the professional competencies of the library and information professionals in an automated and networked environment. The programme also provides opportunities for in-depth or intensive practical to enhance technological skills of the learners to independently develop or manage a computerized library and information center.
The minimum duration of the Programme is one year. However, maximum period allowed for completion of the programme is four years.
The programme is open to candidates with Bachelorís Degree in Library and Information Science(BLIS).
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction of PGDLAN programme is English only.
The programme is essentially a judicious mix of theory and practical components to develop technology based knowledge, skills and aptitude of library and information professionals. The 32 credit programme comprises 7 theory and practical courses and a project. The courses are:
Course Code Course Title
MLI-002 Library Automation
MLI-003 Information Systems
MLI-004 Networking and Internet Technology
MLI-005 Internet Resources
MLI-006 Content Development
The PGDLAN Programme adopts continuous evaluation system through assignments, practical work, and term-end examination. The term-end examination is held twice - June and December every year to facilitate the students to complete the courses according to their convenience.
Ph.D in Library and Information Science
To facilitate the research work in the field of library and information science, particularly in the context of open and distance learning, the Ph.D. in Library and Information Science has been launched in 2002 in response to the demand from the various groups of learners and different agencies.Future Programme
The Discipline is committed to offer newer programmes/courses with development of skills in information handling with ICT applications to commensurate with the changing scenario of the employment market. The faculty envisages development of new degree programmes encompassing handling of information in various environments, short term programmes in different aspects of library and information activities, as well as, undertaking the revision of existing programmes from time to time.