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Future Activities of  National Institute of Library &  Information Sciences Upali Amarasiri 2 November 2007
Background <ul><li>Education Reforms </li></ul><ul><li>General Education Project (GEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of Sc...
Initial Work <ul><li>NILIS Ordinance: 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Management </li></ul><ul><li>Building Complex </li><...
Intended Clients <ul><li>School/teacher librarians, Ministries of Education (central govt./provincial councils) </li></ul>...
Courses Offered <ul><li>Short  courses/CPD </li></ul><ul><li>Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Modules for un...
Achievements :1999-2007 <ul><li>NILIS Ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>NILIS building complex </li></ul><ul><li>Core academic a...
Challenges of LIS education in general <ul><li>Rapid shift towards information and knowledge oriented society </li></ul><u...
Special Challenges for NILIS <ul><li>Dearth of students for  courses </li></ul><ul><li>Problem of school/teacher library c...
-Vision- Improve  Postgraduate Programmes <ul><ul><li>Strengthen and consolidate the postgraduate programmes; curricula re...
Expand Undergraduate Programmes <ul><li>Explore possibilities of introducing a fulltime undergraduate programme </li></ul>...
Planning for Market Strategy <ul><li>Conduct a survey to identify  training needs in LIS sector and  Information market </...
Improvement of the Physical Facilities  <ul><li>Seek assistance from  government and private sector  </li></ul><ul><li>Exp...
Student Welfare <ul><li>Explore the possibility of introducing scholarship/funding programme in collaboration with the UGC...
Academic/Teaching Staff <ul><li>Increase the academic cadre in consultation with  authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Further st...
Research Activities  <ul><li>Work towards establishing a research grant in NILIS for LIS research in Sri Lanka </li></ul><...
Other Professional Activities <ul><li>Strengthen  the present link programmes with  LIS departments/institutions of foreig...
Collaboration/Co-operation <ul><li>Strengthen  links with UNESCO, IFLA, IASL, ASLA, ILA and other international and region...
<ul><li>Strengthen  links with Ministries of Local Government at  central govt./ provincial councils </li></ul><ul><li>Ini...
Promotional Drive <ul><li>Production of promotional materials-b rochures, pamphlets, video programmes etc. </li></ul><ul><...
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  1. 1. Future Activities of National Institute of Library & Information Sciences Upali Amarasiri 2 November 2007
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Education Reforms </li></ul><ul><li>General Education Project (GEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement of School Library Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of NILIS </li></ul>
  3. 3. Initial Work <ul><li>NILIS Ordinance: 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Management </li></ul><ul><li>Building Complex </li></ul><ul><li>Director (part time): 2000/02 </li></ul><ul><li>Director (full time): 2002/07 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Intended Clients <ul><li>School/teacher librarians, Ministries of Education (central govt./provincial councils) </li></ul><ul><li>Library staff; university libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Special and public library sectors </li></ul><ul><li>School leavers </li></ul><ul><li>other </li></ul>
  5. 5. Courses Offered <ul><li>Short courses/CPD </li></ul><ul><li>Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Modules for undergraduate courses </li></ul><ul><li>Masters programmes </li></ul><ul><li>M.Phil / Ph.D. programmes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Achievements :1999-2007 <ul><li>NILIS Ordinance </li></ul><ul><li>NILIS building complex </li></ul><ul><li>Core academic and non-academic staff </li></ul><ul><li>Quality visiting faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of a quality academic programme </li></ul><ul><li>National and regional reputation </li></ul>
  7. 7. Challenges of LIS education in general <ul><li>Rapid shift towards information and knowledge oriented society </li></ul><ul><li>Changes brought by the Information and Communication Technology and Information Technology on information products, information organisations and information seeking behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>New skills and competencies required from LIS professionals </li></ul><ul><li>New learning and teaching methods </li></ul>
  8. 8. Special Challenges for NILIS <ul><li>Dearth of students for courses </li></ul><ul><li>Problem of school/teacher library cadre </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate academic/support staff </li></ul><ul><li>Underutilization of physical resources </li></ul><ul><li>Inadequate funds </li></ul><ul><li>Deficiencies/inadequacies of existing physical resources </li></ul><ul><li>Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of visibility </li></ul>
  9. 9. -Vision- Improve Postgraduate Programmes <ul><ul><li>Strengthen and consolidate the postgraduate programmes; curricula reform, improve teaching faculty and methods etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce additional postgraduate programmes to fill existing gaps in LIS training opportunities in Sri Lanka e.g. archival science, knowledge management and community information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conduct joint programmes/learning modules with some academic departments of UoC and other universities; e.g. Information skills development, support for literature searching </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Expand Undergraduate Programmes <ul><li>Explore possibilities of introducing a fulltime undergraduate programme </li></ul><ul><li>Elective modules fitting in with other degree programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Stand alone modules for information skills development </li></ul>
  11. 11. Planning for Market Strategy <ul><li>Conduct a survey to identify training needs in LIS sector and Information market </li></ul><ul><li>Commence new/appropriate programmes after analysing the findings </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce new short courses in technical skills, management skills and soft skills in LIS field </li></ul><ul><li>Explore possibilities of marketing some programmes in SAARC and middle-east regions </li></ul>
  12. 12. Improvement of the Physical Facilities <ul><li>Seek assistance from government and private sector </li></ul><ul><li>Explore possibilities of a public private partnership programme (PPP) to obtain required resources </li></ul><ul><li>Seek assistance from foreign agencies and other sources </li></ul>
  13. 13. Student Welfare <ul><li>Explore the possibility of introducing scholarship/funding programme in collaboration with the UGC, government and private sector organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Other suitable welfare measures </li></ul>
  14. 14. Academic/Teaching Staff <ul><li>Increase the academic cadre in consultation with authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Further strengthen the pool of visiting faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities to both full-time and part-time teachers to improve their teaching capabilities </li></ul>
  15. 15. Research Activities <ul><li>Work towards establishing a research grant in NILIS for LIS research in Sri Lanka </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a study area bank on potential research topics/themes for students of NILIS for their research work which will also be beneficial to the profession to fill existing gaps in LIS field </li></ul><ul><li>Commence an indexing and abstracting service for LIS articles appearing in Sri Lankan journals, newspapers, conferences/seminars etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen the NILIS library and resource centre </li></ul>
  16. 16. Other Professional Activities <ul><li>Strengthen the present link programmes with LIS departments/institutions of foreign universities for qualitative improvements of NILIS programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce a newsletter and occasional lecture series </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing a professional consultation programme on fee levying/business model basis on adopting new technologies etc. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Collaboration/Co-operation <ul><li>Strengthen links with UNESCO, IFLA, IASL, ASLA, ILA and other international and regional LIS forums </li></ul><ul><li>Foster close co-operation with the National Library and Documentation Services Board, Sri Lanka Library Association, Provincial Library Services Boards and other professional agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen ties with the Ministries of Education at central govt./ provincial councils </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Strengthen links with Ministries of Local Government at central govt./ provincial councils </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate collaborative programmes with the Ministries of the Vocational Training/Rural Development and other ministries with links to library development in the country </li></ul><ul><li>Explore possibilities for co-operation with Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and its Nenasala and other projects </li></ul>
  19. 19. Promotional Drive <ul><li>Production of promotional materials-b rochures, pamphlets, video programmes etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Media campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and aim target groups </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank you …
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