1. Scope of the Course
The course leading to the award of "Master of Science in Library and Information Science" (MSLIS) offers comprehensive instruction in the theory and practice of Documentation and Information Science. Instruction is largely individual. It consists of project work, colloquia, seminars, classroom lectures, practicals, etc. The syllabus is given below:
Paper 1. Foundation of Information Science:
Information: Definition, kinds, nature, use. Information models and theories. Sociology of information. Economics of information. Information and National Development System (NDS).
Information System as a basic component of NDS: Genesis, Basic Components, Primary Information Generation System; Primary Information Communication System; Theories of human communication; Information diffusion; Secondary Information Service Systems. Different information phenomena (activities) and corresponding applied and fundamental disciplines. Information professionals and their specializations.
Information Science: Definition; Scope; Educational Programmes in Library Science, Documentation and Information Science. Relationship of "Information Science" with other disciplines. Key issue of "Information Science".
Note: Besides these, the "Study of Subjects" Bibliometrics, General Systems Theory, Elements of Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research, Research Methodology, Technical Report Writing, etc. are covered appropriately.
Area-II Information Resources and Materials
Paper 2. Information Sources and Communication Media
a) Identification, organisation, utilisation limitations and other relevant characteristics of information sources. For example;
b) Perspective of Communication in general. Types, organisation, utilization, limitations and other characteristics of information and communication media, including mass media, and extension services; barriers to communication and information transfer.
Paper 3. Information systems and Programmes
Structures, functions, products, and services of different categories of information systems such as, libraries, documentation centres, clearing houses, referral centres, information analysis centres, databanks, etc, national, regional, global information systems, services and programmes; overall objectives, basic factors to be considered in system design, characteristic features, illustrative examples, with emphasis on computerized systems and services and the methodology of handling the respective data bases.
Area-III Methods of Information Handling
Paper 4. Information Processing and Organisation
Information Dissemination and Retrieval System and the concept of "surrogate". Descriptive indexing: Entry, Index, and Indexing, Standardized description of sources of Information as objects; Methodology of designing codes (Standards and Specifications) for descriptive indexing. General theory of Subject Indexing Languages (SIL): Linguistic and SIL. Subject and Subject-proposition. Universe of Subjects.
Elements and their interrelationships, semantic structure, syntactic structure and pragmatics of SIL. Attributes of the Universe of Subjects; Modes of formation of subjects; the concept of development of Universe of Subjects. Subject Classification and Subject Indexing.
Organising classification; Associative Classification, Tools, for classification / indexing; Notational-cum-verbal schemes for classification; their design and application. Verbal schemes for classification - thesauri, subject authority lists, etc; their design and application. "Classaurus" (a classification scheme incorporating all essential features of a thesaurus): its design and application. Different systems of indexing. Computerization of classification /indexing. Organisation of information and the role of classification principles.
Paper 5. Information Transfer and Dissemination
Category of users, user needs, user studies. Information diffusion patterns and studies. Organisation, structures and provision of information services including:
Current awareness services, SDI, Reference Services, Abstracting Services, Digests, Technical notes, News brief, Product and process bulletins, State-of-the-art and Trend Reports, Products of information analysis, Data service, Translation service, Extension service and Technology transfer, Presentation of information, Marketing of information services, Information resources sharing.
Paper 6. Information Technology and Systems Design
Brief overview of computer technology, communication technology and reprography / printing technology as applied to information storage, retrieval and dissemination. Systems analysis and systems design concepts. Flow charting, decision tables, etc. Programming (PASCAL or C++), file organisation, data structures, database management, including DBMS software packages such as CDS/ISIS,dBASE IV, etc. Bibliographic formats such as MARC, ISO 2709, CCF etc. Automatic text processing. Networking and its applications. Library automation.
Area IV. Planning Management
Paper 7. Information System/Centre Planning and Management
Planning methodology. National Information System Planning; Information policy. Organisational structures.
Management: Personnel, Financial, Material and other resources management, and the application of modern management ideas and techniques to libraries; Documentation and Information Centres; Referral centres; Data Banks, and Information Analysis Centre System Evaluation.
Area V Elective (Illustrative)
Area VI Guided Research Project
Paper 9. Guided Research Project 1
Ordinarily, Project 1 would be such that it would call for the application of most of the professional techniques and their underlying principles.
For example, designing tools for professional work, demonstration of their use, and study of their efficiency and effectiveness, usually fall within the purview of the Project 1.
The dissertation pertaining to Project 1 is to be submitted for evaluation at the end of six months in the second year.
Paper 10. Guide Research Project 2 :
Ordinarily, Project 2 to be submitted may be a State-of-the-art report or any other information consolidation product, design and development of a system, etc.