DR. B. R. AMBEDKAR UNIVERSITY, SRIKAKULAM - DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

PROFILE OF THE DEPARTMENT (M.L.I.Sc)

The Department of Library and Information Science was established in the year 1987, started with (1) Year Graduation (B.L.I.Sc) Course during the academic year-1987-88, in the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Post Graduate Centre of Andhra University, Vissakhapatnam after few years the Department started (2) years Integrated Post Graduation Course was introduced during the year 1996 – 1997. The Department offer a professional Master’s Degree programmes (M.L.I.Sc) in Library and Information Science. M.L.I.Sc course duration is of two (2) years and comprises four (4) semesters. The Post-Graduate Centre of Andhra University Visakhapatnam was upgraded to the status of a State University, namely Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Univesity Srikakulam in the year 2008.

VISION

The Department of Library and Information Science will expand its leadership role in preparing information professionals to meet the needs of the global information society.

MISSION

The MLISc Program, offers a distinguished professional education relevant in a rapidly evolving age of Information and based on the practice and underlying theories of information acquisition, organization, transmission and utilization.

STRENGTH:

Library and Information Science is the combination of Library science and Information Science. Generally Library Science is taken to be traditional while Information Science as advanced field of study. Prominently Information Science studies varied aspects of information largely application of ICT. Library Science is occupied with education of library and information professionals. It attempts to develop human resources to run libraries and information centres. It can produce highly knowledgeable and talented Librarians and Information Officers as well Document officers. There is no greater difference than this. In fact LIS is a long-term process, after its formal education. It continues to provide education and develop staff related to the field.

WEAKNESSES:

The department is not getting any financial assistance from the Government. There are some constraints with regard to the conduct of M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes by the Department.

OPPORTUNITIES

M.L.I.Sc. programme is a professional degree. There is a great demand for the library professionals in the job market. M.L.I.Sc. postgraduates get placed as Librarians, Information Scientists, Knowledge Managers, Cataloguers, Indexers, Information Analysts, Reference Services Specialists, Technical Editors, Consultants, etc. in traditional libraries & information centres and corporate sectors also. Those who qualify UGC-NET or SLET examination can enter academics as an Assistant Professor or Assistant Librarian of a University or Librarian of a College. Those who qualify UGCJRF can pursue research in the field of Library & Information Science with UGC fellowship. Our recruiters include LIS Schools, all kinds of libraries (academic and special and public) and information centres, colleges, universities and corporate companies like Tata Consultancy Services, Indian School of Business etc.

CHALLENGES

There is a big gap between the objectives of the courses the students study in the institution and the need of the society. The Department takes it as challenge to bridge gap between the two. And also needs to develop a kind of awareness among the prospective teachers towards the need for improvement of their professional qualifications and professional growth and development.

PROGRAMME EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES(PEO's )

  1. To provide a high quality education at the master’s level in the discipline of Library and Information Science through course work, independent research and experiential learning that fosters scholarly and critical approaches to the understand of issues and practices in LISc.
  2. To educate MLISc graduates capable of taking scholarly and critical approaches to understanding issues in Library and Information Science and related fields,
  3. To prepare graduates to explain, analyse and interpret professional and scholarly literature, research data and information resources to articulate their implications for LISc and related fields of knowledge and practice.
  4. To educate professionals who are prepared to lead in the discipline and profession and who are committed to lifelong learning.
  5. To prepare students for the challenges of contemporary information workplaces who feel confident in their knowledge and abilities through consistent engagement and both formal and informal partnerships with information professionals and librarians maximizing student opportunities for professional development, leadership and growth with a variety of academic, professional and extracurricular options.
  6. To educate LISc professionals capable of relating the practices and roles of individual librarians and information professionals to broader organizational, professional, political, economic, social and technological contexts. Objective: To prepare graduates to select, evaluate, and use current and emerging information and communication technologies in constantly changing information workplaces.
  7. To prepare graduates to navigate, evaluate, and use information in a range of different information environments.
  8. To educate LISc professionals capable of applying their knowledge of the broader organizational, professional, political, economic, social and technological contexts to the development and evaluation of effective and appropriate user-centered information systems, services, and resources
  9. To educate LISc professionals who are confident in their knowledge of various areas and specializations in LISc practice and scholarship and able to communicate this knowledge effectively in formal and informal settings, across media, to a variety of audiences.
  10. To graduate new librarians and information professionals who demonstrate a critical capacity to apply and evaluate LISc competencies consistent with values, standards, ethics and practices of progressive information services for the public good.
  11. To educate librarians and information professionals who are capable of critically applying and evaluating LISc competencies consistent with values, standards, ethics, and practices of progressive information services for the public good.
  12. PROGRAMME OUTCOMES(PO's )

    1. A successful graduate of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Srikakulam, MLISc program will :Value and support critical engagement with issues and practices in LISc and related fields through diverse approaches to independent ongoing learning.
    2. Explain, analyse and interpret professional and scholarly literature, research data and information resources to articulate their implications for LISc and related fields of knowledge and practice.
    3. Exercise and enact the values and principles of the field and its specialisations with an awareness of overarching social responsibility associated with progressive public service for the public good.
    4. Discriminate among current and emerging information and communication technologies to judge effective management and use in constantly changing information workplaces.
    5. Relate the practices and roles of individual librarians and information professionals to broader organizational, professional, political, economic, social and technological contexts.
    6. Navigate, evaluate and use multiple elements of a range of information environments, including those associated with data duration, information visualization, databases and information architectures.
    7. Identify and explore opportunities to engage in experiential learning and to participate, advocate, and lead in professional development and training in professional organizations relevant to emerging specialisations and career paths.
    8. Evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of user-centered informationnsystems, services and resources for individual users and diverse communities in a networked global society within which information organizations and information professionals operate.
    9. Differentiate among the numerous areas of LISc practice and scholarship, and demonstrate a facility across media when speaking, writing and presenting about them to diverse audiences in formal and informal professional and scholarly domains.

    Learning Out Comes(LO's )

    • To provide students an understanding of the basic principles and fundamental laws of Library and Information Science and to enable them to understand and appreciate the functions and purpose of the libraries and information centres.
    • To professionally train the students in diverse area of librarianship
    • To educate the students in the philosophy of librarianship, basic principles, fundamental laws, professional ethics and management of library and information centres.
    • To enable the students to understand and appreciate the functions and purposes of library and information centers in the changing social cultural, technological and economic environment.
    • To provide students the knowledge of Information Technology (IT) and its application in library and information activities.
    • To train the students in the advanced skills of information knowledge, gathering, processing, organization and retrieval.
    • To train the students in information knowledge analysis, repackaging and marketing.
    • To provide the students thorough understanding of IT applications in information environment including networks and communication systems.
    • To train the students in the analysis, planning and management of the systems of library and information centres.
    • To provide an understanding of research methods and activities of research

    Board of Study Chairman:

    S.No Name of the Chairman Period
    1 Prof. C. Sasikala 2013-17
    2 Prof. G. Valasayya 2017-19
    3 Prof. K. Somasekhara Rao 2019- Till Date

    Successive Head of the Department:


    S.No Name of the Chairman Period
    1 Dr. N. Govinda Raju 2013-15
    2 Dr. T. Murali 2015-16
    3 Mr. K. Srinivasa Rao 2016-17
    4 Mr. D. Chakrapani 2017-18
    5 Dr. N. Govinda Raju 2018-19
    6 Dr. Ramudu. Mylapalli 2020- Till Date

    Department Staff Details:

    FACULTY NAME DESIGNATION VIEW PROFILE
    Dr. Govindaraju, N Asst. Professor on Contract View
    Dr. Srinivasarao , K Asst. Professor on Contract View
    Mr. Chakrapani, D Teaching Associate on Contract View
    Dr. Bhaskar Rao, P Asst. Professor on Contract View
    Dr. Ramudu, M Asst. Professor on Contract View