Courses

DRTC offers the following courses in library and information sciences. Since, 2008-2010 ADIS has been changed to Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MS-LIS).

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Master of Science in Library and Information Science 


‎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:‎

SYLLABUS

Area-I Foundation ‎

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;‎

  1. ‎    Documentary sources with emphasis on periodicals, technical reports, patents, specifications, standards, ‎drawings, data sources, tarad catalogues, non-book materials, etc.‎
  2.     Human sources including experts, consultants, vendors, suppliers, contractors, etc; the invisible college.‎
  3.     Institutional sources including government departments R and D organisations, professional associations, ‎etc.‎


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.‎

 

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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.‎
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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)‎

  1.     Industrial Information System and Services
  2.     Information System and Services for R & D ‎
  3. ‎    Management Information System
  4. ‎    Information Systems and Services for Planning
  5. ‎    Health Science Information Systems and Services
  6.     Environmental Information Systems and Services
  7.     Social Sciences Information Systems and Services
  8. ‎    Application of Artificial Intelligence to Library & Information Science.‎


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.‎

 

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