Library automation software usage in university & special libraries in sri lanka
SOFTWARE USAGE IN
UNIVERSITY & SPECIAL
LIBRARIES IN SRI LANKA
Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology,
University Of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Nimal Hettiarachchi, M.S.Sc.(Kel’ya)
Senior Assistant Librarian,
University of Ruhuna,
Paper Presented by
National Conference on Library & Information Sciences (NACLIS):
10th Anniversary Conference,
27th June 2013,
Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Organized by the Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA).
we owe a debt of gratitude to NACLIS Organizing Committee.
*Afw-Alice for Windows *AOLS-Automated Online Library Systems
• there was no remarkable difference of quantitative usage of
KOHA and Libsys in the University Libraries.
• but there was a noticeable difference of quantitative usage of
WinISIS and Purna.
1st Priority 2nd priority 3rd priority
UL KOHA(39%) Libsys(33%) AfW* (22%)
SL WinISIS (50%) Purna(19%) AfW*(13%)
• It was noted during my research that Sabaragamuwa was the
only University in Sri Lanka that was using WinISIS. But it is
well to note that Sabaragamuwa has now shifted from
WinISIS to Libsys.
• Purna and AOLS was being used in Special Libraries, but in
non of the University Libraries.
• KOHA was being used in University Libraries, but in non of
the Special Libraries
• University libraries were moving towards the Open Source
concept. But, the Special Libraries were still experiencing
with simple, limited facilities.
• In conclusion, it can be recorded that the Sri Lanka University
Libraries are far more advanced than the Special Libraries of
Sri Lanka in using the Library Software.
MAJOR CONSTRAINSAND PROBLEMS
• budgetary allocation,
• after-sales services,
• train manpower with ICT skills
• active software user groups,
• DBMS operational in working with Sinhala Language
• allocate adequate finances for the software
• conduct feasibility study prior to purchase the
• conduct indoor and outdoor workshops,
• organise and maintain software user groups,
• Shift to the Open Source Software (OSS)