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Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
Future of NILIS
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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 …