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