Objectives of the Course:

    • To make the students aware of the research methodology concepts, definitions, and various techniques & tools used for data collection and analysis in LIS research.

Outcome of the Course:

The students will learn implications of research and become confident to take up research work in field of Library and Information Science.

Course Structure

Unit-I: Research

Research - Concept, Need, and Purpose; Types of Research - Fundamental, Applied and Inter-disciplinary ; Research Proposal - How to Write an Effective Research Proposal ; Current Trends in LIS Research.

Unit-II: Research Design

Research Design - Concept, Need and Purpose; Types of Research Design; Identification and Formulation of Problem; Designing Research Proposal; Hypothesis; Literature Search - Print, Non-print and Electronic Sources.

 Unit-III: Research Methods Techniques and Tools

Methods - Scientific, Historical, and Descriptive; Sampling Techniques; Data Collection Methods - Questionnaire, Schedule, Interview, Observation; Library Records and Reports.

 Unit-IV: Data Analysis and Interpretation

Data Processing, Analysis, Interpretation, Presentation – Concept, Need and Purpose; Descriptive Statistics: Measures of Central Tendency, Mean, Median, Mode and Dispersion, Correlations, Linear Regression, Standard Deviation; SPSS and Web-based Statistical Analysis Tools; Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, Webometrics, Infometrics .

Recommended Books:

  1. Kothari, C. R. Research. (2004). Methodology: Methods and Techniques. New Age International Publishers, New Delhi.
  2. Krishan Kumar .(1992). Research Methods in Library and Information Science. Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi.
  3. Rao, I. K. Ravichandra. (1983). Quantitative Methods in Library and Information Science. Wiley Eastern, New Delhi.
  4. Singh, S. P. (2002). Research Methods in Social Sciences: A Manual for Designing Questionnaires. Kanishka, New Delhi.
  5. Reinard , John C. (2006). Communication Research Statistics. Sage, USA.
  6. Raju, Nemani Govinda. (2009). Bibliometric Applications: Study of Literature Use Patterns. Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi.

Objectives of the Course:

    • To acquaint students with the basics and applications of Information and Communication Technology.

Outcome of the Course:

This paper is intended to develop skill with the foundational level knowledge of Information Technology and Computer Applications and its usage in Library. The students are able to understand the development of computers and ICT, the basic architecture of the computer, uses and function of computers,  hardware components, peripheral devices and understand basic function of  operating systems, application software and computer programming languages etc.

Course Structure

Unit-I: Introduction to computers

Computers: Generations, Types, Input and Output Devices, Computer Architecture; Data Representation and Storage; Introduction to System Software and Application Software; Operating Systems: DOS, Window XP, Vista, Windows NT, Windows 8 & 10 and Linux; Application Software: Word Processing, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint Presentation; Graphics Software: Basic Functions and Potential Uses; Communication Software

Unit-II: Library Automation

Library Automation: Planning and Implementation; In-house Operations: Acquisition, Cataloguing, Circulation, Serial Control, OPAC, etc.; Bibliographic Standards: CCF and MARC 21; Introduction to Metadata: Types of Metadata Dublin Core; Library Software Packages: Overview and House Keeping Operations

Unit-III: Database Management Systems

Database: Concepts and Components Database Structures, File Organization and Physical Design; Database Management System: Basic Functions, Potential Uses

Unit-IV: Introduction to Internet

Basics of Internet; Type of Network; Search Engines and Meta Search Engines; Internet Search Techniques; E-resources and Online Databases

Recommended Books:

  1. Arora, Ashok & Bansal, Shefali.(2000). Computer Fundamentals. New Delhi : Excel Books.
  2. Basandra, Suresh K. (1999). Computer Today. New Delhi: Galgotia Publications.
  3. Date, C. J. (2003).An Introduction to Database Systems. Pearson Education. New Delhi : BPB Publications,
  4. Jain, Madhulika& Jain, Satish.(2007). Introduction to Database Management Systems. New Delhi : BPB Publication.
  5. Kumar, P. S. G. (2004). Information and Communication. Delhi : B. R. Publication.
  6. Leon, Alexis & Leon, Mathews.(2006). Fundamentals of Database Management Systems. Chennai: Vijan Nicole.\
  7. Prasher, R. G. (2003). Information and its Communication. Ludhiana : Medallion Press.
  8. Ramesh Babu, B. & Gopalakrishnan, S. (2004). Information, Communication, Library and Community Development.Delhi : B. R. Publishing.
  9. Sinha, Pradeep Kumar & Sinha, Priti. (2007). Computer Fundamentals. New Delhi : BPB Publication.
  10. Haravu, L. J. (2004). Library Automation Design, Principles and Practice. Allied Publishers, New Delhi.

Objectives of the Course:

    • To develop skills in subject analysis and proficiency in using standard schemes of classification and subject cataloging;
    • To develop ability in applying methods and tools of content description;
    • To introduce  DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification), CC (Colon Classification) scheme and AACR-2 (Angelo America Cataloguing Rules-2) to the students.

Outcome of the Course:

After the completion of the course, students are able to understand the complex and compound structure and formation of subjects and principles and practices of subject analysis, representation and depth classification of subject. students will  also be able to classify general, complex and compound nature of library resources by using DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) & CC (Colon Classification) scheme and to catalogue various types of complex Information resources with help of AACR-2.

Course Structure

Part- A (Classification)

Classification of documents by Dewey Decimal Classification and Colon Classification in the following graded steps:


Classification of documents having “common sub divisions and other auxiliaries”


Classification of documents having “complex subjects” Classification of documents having “complexities of mixed nature”


Part- B (Cataloguing)

Cataloguing of information resources according to Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules -2 and assigning subject heading using Sears List of Subject Heading in the following graded steps:


Anonymous Book, Uniform Title, Continuous Resources (complicated case of serials).


Corporate authorship; Non-book materials (Cartographic Materials, Thesis, Audio-visual Materials, etc.) and E-resources.

Recommended Books:

  1. Comaromi, J. P., Warren, M. J. & Dewey, Melvil. (1982). Manual on the Use of the Dewey Decimal Classification. Forest Press.
  2. Dewey Decimal Classification. (2011). 23rd edition. Ohio: OCLC.
  3. Dhyani, Pushpa. (2006). Classifying with Dewey Decimal Classification. New Delhi: Ess Ess.
  4. Dhiman, Anil K. (2004). Cataloguing of Non-book Materials. New Delhi: Ess Ess.
  5. Girija Kumar & Krishan Kumar.(2004). Theory of Cataloguing. New Delhi: Vikas
  6. Sharma, Pandey S. K. (2001). Library Cataloguing Theory. New Delhi: Sahitya Prakashan
  7. Singh, S. N. & Prasad, H. N. (1985).Cataloguing Manual AACR-II. New Delhi: B. R. Publishers.
  8. American Library Association.(1978). Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. 2nd Ed, 2002 revision, 2005 update. Chicago: American Library Association.
  9. Krishan Kumar. (1986). An introduction to cataloguing practice. 3rd Rev. Ed. New Delhi: Vikas Publishing.
  10. Satija, M. P. (2012). Exercises in the 23rd Edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification. New Delhi: Ess Ess.
  11. Sears, M. E. (2010). Sears List of Subject Headings. 20th Ed. New York: H. W. Wilson.
  12. Singh, S. N. & Prasad, H. N.(1985). Cataloguing Manual AACR-II. Delhi: B. R. Publishing Corporation.

This course offers the overview about the various information products and services. The information about important Information analysis centers, structure and services of International information centers, Networking methodology, various types of web information sources and products and also discuss the digital information products. That is complete course which deals the all aspect how to make the effective information products and services.
Some of the basic objectives of this course are:
• To introduce students to the variety of Information products.
• To consider in detail the working criteria of various information centers.
• To analyse how the UNISIST, INFLIBNET, INIS, DEVSIS, INFLIBNET etc. work and make the different type of information products.
• To consider a number of Digital Information services like CD ROM database, Institutional repository, Digital Library.
Some of the course learning outcomes that students of this course are required to demonstrate runs thus:
• Students will know about various methods of networking for information dissemination.
• Trace the development of different types of information centers.
• Examine and analyze the methods of Information consolidation and analysis.
• How to provide the digital information sources.
• Map the relationship between Digital Library and the Institutional repository.
Course Contents:
Unit-I: Information Analysis Centres
Information Systems and Networking: Meaning, Importance and Structure; Information consolidation and Repackaging and consolidation products. Information Centres and Information Analysis Centres: Activities, services and products;

Unit-II: Information Systems and Centres
Structure and Services of International Information Systems and Networks like UNISIST, AGRIS, INIS, DEVSIS, MEDLARS / MEDLINE, INFOTERRA; Structure and Services of National Information Systems and Networks like INFLIBNET, INDEST, UGC-Infonet, DELNET, BTIS and ENVIS;NASSDOC, DESIDOC, SENDOC, DRTC and NISCAIR.
Unit-III : Web Information Sources and Systems; Types and characteristics of digital information sources in web.
Unit-IV: Digital Information products and Services
CD-ROM Databases: Reference, Referral and Full Text; Subject Directories and Information Gateway; and Institutional Repositories and Digital Library. Types and characteristics of digital information services; Web-enabled services –nature, features and advantages;


A solid introduction to the fundamental terminology, concepts, and practices of library public services as well as the skills to deliver them effectively to a variety of information users and within a variety of settings. Special emphasis on the philosophy of reference service, appropriate communications skills for use in instructional settings and reference interviews, standard evaluative criteria for determining fitness of sources to meet information needs, proficient retrieval of information from print and electronic reference sources, policies and procedures for the provision of reference service, and the role of reference and information service departments within an organization.


 Some of the basic objectives of this course are:

·        To introduce students to the variety of Information Sources and its importance.

·        To discuss in detail about the various types of printed and electronic information sources.

·        To analyse how to evaluate the different types of information sources for the library benefits.

·        To discuss the various types of reference sources and other library services.

·        Importance of Information Literacy program and its various methods for the user awareness.


 Some of the course learning outcomes that students of this course are required to demonstrate runs thus:

·        Students able to differentiate minutely about every types of information sources.

·        The evaluation of information sources will make them a decision makers to acquire the information sources for the library.

·        Students will understand the information needs of the users and they can handle their information need.

·        They are able to deal the users information needs in digital era.

·        They can perform various types of information services in the library and also transform in digital platform.

Course Contents:

Unit-I: Fundamentals of Information Sources

Fundamental Concepts of Information Meaning, Definition, Importance, Nature and Characteristics; Printed and Electronic Information Sources; Types of Information Sources and Services; Primary Information Sources; Secondary Information Sources; Tertiary Information Sources; Criteria for Evaluation of Reference Sources;

Unit-II: Basics of Information Services

Information Services; Users and their Information Needs; Theory and Functions of Reference and Information Service; Enquiry Techniques; Role of Reference Librarian and Information Officer in Electronic Environment

Unit-III: Types of Information Services

Types of Information Services; Documentation Services: Abstracting and Indexing Services; literature search; bibliographic services; News paper clipping; Alerting Services, CAS, SDI, Reprographic Service, Translation Service, Document Delivery and Referral Service.

Unit-IV: Information Literacy

Information Literacy Programmes; Concept, Objectives, Initiation of Users; Users and their Information needs: Categories of user; Information; needs; Information Literacy Products.

Recommended Books:

1. CRAWFORD (John). Evaluation of library and information services. 2000.ASLIB, London.

2. FOSKETT (D J). Information service in libraries. Ed.2. 1967. Archon Book Hamden, Connecticut.

3. Katz (William A). Introduction to reference work: reference service and reference process. v.2. Ed. 5. 1987. McGraw-Hill, New York

4. Krishna Kumar. Reference service. Ed. 3. 1996. Vikas Publishing, New Delhi.

5. Rangathan (S R). Reference service. Ed 2. 1989.

 Endowment for Library Science, Bangalore.

6. Walford (A J). Guide to reference books. v.3. Ed. 4. 1980. Library Association, London.

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course offers complete understanding about the information needs of the users. The Identification of users, category of users, various information seeking behavior models, methods of user study, areas of information use and so on part of the course. The outcome of the study will make the students to understand the users, information and the needs. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Some of the basic objectives of this course are: • To introduce students to the variety of Information Users and the types of information needs. • To discuss in detail about the various types of information needs of planners, policy makers, managers, and Research and Development personals and so on. • The concept of information seeking behaviour along with models like Wilson, Ellis, Kulhthau's Models. • To discuss the use of information in various fields like decision making, quality of life, research development, technology transfer etc. • To discuss the various types of user study for the library users. • The data collection methods like qualitative and quantitative along with Delphi method, Scenario analysis, Interaction analysis. COURSE OUTCOMES: Some of the course learning outcomes that students of this course are required to demonstrate runs thus: • Students able to differentiate about the types of information needs. • Students will know the information needs of different types of users from their respective areas. • The various model help the students to create the information seeking model for the users and they can also evaluate the existing model. • They can perform the various types of user study for the benefit of the library. • Students able to know about various types of data collection methods. Course Contents: Unit-I: Information Users Identification of Users; Concept of Need, Want, Demand & Requirement; User Categories: Planners, Policy Makers, Managers, R&D Personnel, People at Grass Root; Information Seeking Behaviour Models. Unit-II: Uses of Information Uses of Information in Management activities; Uses of Information in Decision Making; Uses of Information in R & D; Role of Information in Raising the Standards & Quality of Life; Technology Innovation & Technology Transfer. Unit-III: User Studies Scope and Content of User Studies; Studies by Types of Libraries: Different User Groups, Different Disciplines; Critical Review of Some Large Scale User Studies; User Education Concept, Importance and Methods of User Education. Unit-IV: Methodology of User Studies Qualitative & Quantitative Paradigm; Data Collection Methods; Other Specific Technique– Scenario Analysis, Interaction Analysis, Delphi Method, Repertory Grids; Evaluation of User Survey. Recommended Books: 1. Bikikatariang laloo. Information Needs Information Seeking behavior and users. New Delhi: Ess Ess, 2002. 2. H. N. Prasad. Information needs and users. University of Kalifornia: Indian Bibliographic Centre, 1992. 3. G.G. Chawdhury. Information users and usability in the digital age. England:CILIP, 2009.