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ISL 101

  1. Defining data, information and knowledge, characteristics of information and knowledge, varieties of information, human information needs, information models and theories, economics of information.
  2. Information and knowledge management, information management process, information processing, information access models, controlled vocabularies and natural language as information access tools.
  3. Information Science: Concepts and scope of information science, information, definition, types, qualities or properties, parameters, role of information in the society, barriers to use of information.
  4. Information Processing and Storage: Concepts, information creation process, methods of information processing, batch-processing systems, real-time processing systems, cognitive model of information processing, process of documentation.
  5. Tools for organizing knowledge, role of standards in information environments, various documentation standards, metadata protocols – Machine Readable Catalogue (MARC), Common Communication Format (CCF), Dublin Core, etc. digital object identifiers, system contexts for knowledge organization.
  6. Introduction to information sources and services, various printed tools for exploring information resources and their use, information services for users including Current Awareness Service (CAS), Selective Dissemination Service (SDI), routings of periodicals, reference services etc.
  7. Information technology, components of a computer system-hardware and software, information management software tools, digital ready reference apparatus such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, catalogues, computer databases etc.
  Credits:   3

ISL 102

  1. Bibliographical / technical reading of a book: reasons, purposes, process of doing it, bibliographical elements / information in manual and automated catalogues.
  2. Basic concepts of catalogue and cataloguing : Definition, purpose, functions of catalogue, Characteristics of an ideal catalogue, Outer or physical forms, comparative studies, Inner forms, types and kinds, merits and demerits of classified and dictionary catalogues.
  3. Subject headings Sears List: Definition, Functions, requirements, and use in catalogue, bibliography, index, etc., Steps to subject determination, principles of subject determination, Choice, Kinds and types.
  4. Basic elements of automated cataloguing: MARC format, variable data fields, tags of USMARC 3 format, Development of Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC).
  5. Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and Library of Congress Classification (LC) schemes: Main classes / 1st and 2nd summary, tables, formation of area notation, Standard subdivisions and reasons for form classes / subdivisions in language and literature, Hierarchical structure, Mnemonic values in DDC, Main classes / structure / synoptically outlines of LC, merits, demerits.
  6. Purpose, usefulness and functions of classification.
  7. Principles of classifying books, analysis of Merrill’s principles.
  8. Notation, definition, functions, usefulness and criteria of good notation
  9. The index: Types of index, use of specific and relative indexes.
  10. Resource Description and Access (RDA)
Credits:  3

ISL 103

  1. Society, culture and civilization, evolution of society, development of the concepts of culture, civilization, society etc. Models of society, elements of society, structural context of socialization etc
  2. Basic understanding of social organizations and institutions, various social institutions, functions and scopes of social institutions, elements and boundaries of social systems etc.
  3. Society and the library, growth of social organizations and the need for reading, writing and printing, history of learning, evolution of libraries in the society.
  4. Historical development of libraries in various civilizations, ancient and medieval libraries of Asia, Africa and Europe.
  5. Library as a social, cultural and democratic institution in the society, relationship of libraries with other social institutions, changing role of libraries in the society.
  6. Socio-economic implications of information, information society, ethics of information, intellectual property rights and related issues.
  7. Information and its implications in today’s society, information for development, information management, changing trends of information and its use for social development.
  8. Technological dimensions of information, information and communication technologies, digital divide, role of Introduction to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in development.
  9. Communication, communication and its characteristics, significance of communication, mode of communication, communication theories, different types of communication, role of communication in society.
  10. Elements of information communication, library as a center of social communication, changing roles of libraries and information centers in the society, communication process in developed countries and its application in developing societies including Bangladesh.
Credits: 3

ISL 104

  1. Use and applications of ICT in different fields of library and information institutions in Bangladesh, impact of ICT in library and information systems, current trends and existing situation, problems and prospects of using ICT in Bangladesh.
  2. Digital library, concepts, necessity, functions, characteristics, major activities and skills of digital librarianship, digital library scenario in Bangladesh.
  3. Electronic journal, conceptual issues, categorization of e-journals, necessity of e-journals in Bangladesh, comparison between print journals and electronic journals, merits and demerits of e-journals, barriers of e-journals subscription in Bangladesh and the measures to overcome the barriers.
  4. Classification of Library Software and Introduction of some application software used for the library and information center in Bangladesh
  5. Integrated Library System software, Classification, features, Open Source and Proprietary software
  6. Digital Library Software, Scope of digitization, Comparison for some Open Source and Proprietary digital library and repository software
  7. Federated Search System, Necessity, functions and discussion about some software.
  8. Remote Access Software, concept, functions, importance and comparison about some remote access software and service, MyAthens, EZproxy, etc.
  9. Practical applications of Office Application software in Library, Open Office, and Microsoft office package etc.
  10. Concept, Function, procedure, need Assessment and elements of Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, Consideration for Implementation of RFID system in Libraries
  11. Information superhighway, definition, components, user groups, importance, advantages and disadvantages of information superhighway. Worldwide web, internet, web browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator etc.), web pages, website
  12. Web Technology, languages for web development, Content Management system.
Credits: 3

ISL 201

  1. Book Selection, overview, book selection and librarianship, professional apex in librarianship, complexity of selection task.
  2. Library mission statement, purpose and functions of selection, selection aims and objectives. Special reference to Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science and their relation to resource development.
  3. Acquisition policy, book ordering and subsequent activities. Role of book selector, qualities of a good book selector
  4. Library resource building and theories, selection principles advocated by: Drury, Dewey, Haines, Ranganathan, McColvin, Spiller, John Bonk and Magrill and others.
  5. Evaluation and selection, an overview, selection of books, fiction and non-fiction books, and their evaluation criteria.
  6. Selection principles and practices in public library, academic library, special library, national library.
  7. Selection of reference books, periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers, Govt. publications, poster, report literature etc.
  8. Selection of audio and visual materials, graphic materials, and microform materials, selection of multimedia and electronic resources.
  9. Role of book reviews, written and oral reviews, role of bibliographies, national and trade bibliographies and indexing and abstracting journals.
  10. Copyright Law, overview, need and functions, Bangladesh Copyright Law of 2000.
  11. Weeding library materials, overview, criteria of weeding in different types of libraries.
  12. Censorship, overview, library bill of rights American Library Abscission (ALA), IFLA principles, and article 19 (UN).
  13. Book Selection tools: Bangladeshi aids and guides, Boi, Bangladesh National Bibliography, Bangladesh books in print, Publishers’ lists, and catalogues, Major international aids and guides, British National Bibliography (BNB), Cumulative Book Index (CBI), Publishers Weekly, PTLA, LC catalogue, BNB, INB, Books in print.
  14. Collection evaluation, overview, evaluation criteria by Stone, and Evans, Other methods of collection evaluation.
  15. Definition, importance, scope and trends of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) and plagiarism.
Credits: 3

ISL 202

  1. Information Users: Identification of Users, Concept of Need, Want, Demand & Requirement, Users Categories: Planners, Policy Makers, Managers, R&D Personnel, People at Grass Root, Information Seeking Behavior of Different User Groups
  2. Use of Information: Use of Information in Management activities, Use of Information in Decision Making, Use of Information in Research and Development (R & D), Role of Information in Raising the Standards & Quality of Life
  3. User Studies: Scope and Content of User Studies, Studies by Types of Libraries: Different User Groups, Different Disciplines, Critical Review of Some Large Scale User Studies
  4. Methodology of User Studies: Qualitative & Quantitative Paradigm, Data Collection Methods

Other Specific Technique – Scenario Analysis, Interaction Analysis, Delphi Method and Repertory Grids, Evaluation of User Survey

  1. User Education and Information Literacy: Concept & Importance of Information Literacy, Health Information Literacy, Media and Information literacy, Digital Literacy etc.
  2. User Satisfaction: Measurement of User Satisfaction, Suggestion collection, Development of User service based on User Suggestion and Feedback
  3. Models of information-seeking behaviors.
Credits: 3

ISL 203

  1. Introduction to organization, management and administration: Differences in organization, management and administration, Fayol’s classical school: Adoption of Fayol’s principles of library, System school: theories of Fayol, Max Weber, Urwick, Luther, Gulick: POSDCORB, Management by objectives (MBO): Peter Drucker, G. Odiorne.
  2. Organization: Concepts, different patterns of organizational structure, line organization, staff organization, line and staff organization and functional organization etc.
  3. Different types of libraries and their functions: Differences in the site, objectives, size, resource, staff, clientele, and management in different types of libraries, national, public, academic and special libraries
  4. Internal organization of library operations and services: Acquisition, technical services and readers services, reference services and charging system: manual and online, Library committee: definition, types, functions and responsibilities, Library rules and regulations, Annual report, library statistics, Weeding.
  5. Personnel management: Factors for ideal management: staff strength, principles and standards for selection and appointment, staff management, staff relations, working conditions. Salaries, job description
  6. Financial management: Sources of income and heads of expenditure, Budget and budgeting, preparation of budget, Relationship between budgeting and reporting.
  7. Planning of information institutions: Pre-requisites, rules, planning architecture and design in Bangladesh, Space organization and floor plan, Elements of planning.
  8. Principles of planning: Site selection, Interior and exterior, Open access vs. closed access, Furniture, equipment, heating air-conditioning.
Credits: 3

ISL 204

  1. Meaning of information and reference service, objectives and scope, distinction between information and reference service, referral service and document delivery service.
  2. Kinds of information services and delivery techniques reference questions-types and representative sources of information. Question handling techniques
  3. Sources of information: documentary and non-documentary, primary, secondary, tertiary and mixed group of sources, reference materials, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, manuals, gazetteers, biographical sources, etc. Information sources in different disciplines, science and technology, humanities, social sciences, business, health sciences, government publications, and their evaluation.
  4. Information services, nature of information services, distinction from reference and other services, techniques of providing information services, technology based information services, access to remote information sources and retrieval techniques, electronic document delivery, recent trends of information and reference services in different types of information institutions in developed world.
  5. Technology-based information services, recent trends of reference and information services in different types of libraries and information institutions in developed world.
  6. E-Information Services in Digital Era: E-information and digital information: concepts, sources, benefits, telecommunication based information services, concepts, types, importance, electronic mail, electronic publishing, internet, WWW (Worldwide Web), network based information services.
  7. E-commerce and its application to library and information services.
  8. Bibliographical control, nature, importance and scope, tools of bibliographic control and their utilities, national bibliographies, trade bibliographies, information systems, remote digital databases, library catalogues, universal bibliographies, bibliography of bibliographies, bibliographic control efforts such as University of British Columbia (UBC), Universal Availability of Publications (UAP) of IFLA, United Nations International Scientific Information System (UNISIST), General Information Program (PGI) , United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), role of national bibliographic centers in bibliographic control in developed countries, bibliographic control efforts in Bangladesh existing situation, problems and prospects.
Credits: 3

ISL 205

  1. Writing: types, models of writing process, reading and comprehending topic and theme to be expressed, note taking and arranging notes; determining and shaping purpose and audiences. Setting up audience, special considerations for argument and persuasion, deciding what to say.
  2. Form and arrangement: Collection and organization of data and structure of writing. Building paragraph, revising a paragraph, shaping sentence, achieving sentence maturity, order of sentences. Using words effectively, style for quotations, footnotes, references and bibliographies. Rules for punctuation, illustration, notes and footnotes citing public documents.
  3. Critical writing: Approaching, developing arguments, mode of arguments; techniques of writing short communications, technical article, review article, technical report, popular articles, monographs, dissertations, house bulleting, extension literature, manuscripts preparation.
  4. Editing: Editing concepts, responsibilities, qualifications, functions and basic skills of an editor. Editorial processes, evaluation processes, author-referee relationship in quality control, manuscript preparation and production. Editorial tools: dictionaries, style manuals, standard specification etc.
  5. Publishing: Different parts of a book, steps in book publishing, securing and selecting manuscripts type setting criteria of good type setting. Composition: hand composition, hot metal composition, film composition, computer setting, proof reading and copy editing: proof reading marks and its use, spelling, layout and design of physical books, printing, binding, Methods of printing: electronic type writers, printing press, Xerox etc. printing in color, set up duplicate printing plate. Binding: binding tools, process, different types of binding, rebinding old books, technology based binding systems. Desk top publishing, recent trends in publishing, problems of publishing in developing countries specially in Bangladesh.
  6. Publishing ethics.
Credits: 3

ISL 206

  1. Introduction to bibliographic information sources, definition, origin, function and importance of bibliography, Bibliography vs catalogue, types of bibliographies.
  2. Compilation of bibliographies, different methods of compilation, arrangement of entries, style etc.
  3. Evaluation of Bibliography: Authority, scope, items and entries of information, special features, format and limitations.
  4. Bibliographic description: Minimum standard entry, short standard entry, full entry with examples.
  5. ISBN: Different Parts of ISBN, Calculation of Check digit.
  6. Bibliographic services in various subjects; Bibliographic services of different countries
  7. Definition, Importance, functions of Reference in a research work, Procedure of compiling References
  8. Definition, objective, scope of Citation, Reference and Citation, online bibliographic citation tools
  9. Different Styles of Reference, American Psychological Association (APA), Harvard, Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago,
  10. Use of Reference Management software for Reference and Citation Management, Endnote, Mendeley, etc.
Credits: 3

ISL 207

  1. Definition of index, origin and development, importance, types of indexes: author index, alphabetic subject index, classified, cumulative and collective subject index.
  2. Indexing methods, steps in indexing, level of indexing, indexing aids, rules, manuals, syntax, subject determination, different techniques, citation indexing, pre-coordinating indexing, post-coordinating indexing, chain indexing, POPSI, PRECIS- KWIC, KWOC etc. rules for arranging index entries, tools for indexer.
  3. Periodical indexing: principles, techniques and arrangement, book indexing, principles, techniques, entry heading, subheading, style and layout, newspaper indexing, indexing non book materials – music, sound recordings, films etc. computer based indexing systems, statistical methods, syntactic method, semantic method.
  4. Indexing language: free language and controlled vocabulary indexing, thesaurus-indexing terms and their relations, thesaurus construction and evaluation.
  5. Index evaluation: different methodologies, recall, precision, ratios and devices, cost analysis.
  6. Abstracting: definition of abstract, importance, abstracts vs. bibliographies, index vs. abstracts, abstracts vs. annotations, types of abstracts, quality of a good abstract.
  7. Methods and procedures of abstracting, international standard for abstracting, evaluation of abstracts, online abstracting system.
  8. Recent trends in indexing and abstracting, existing situation, problems and prospects of indexing and abstracting services in Bangladesh.
  9. Structured abstract
  10. Indexing and Abstracting practical
Credits: 3

ISL 208

  1. Basics and operational concepts of information and communication technologies, introduction to library automation, historical background and present context.
  2. Introduction to the basic functions of a library as an information institution, issues that influence library automation, need for automation, barriers to automation, levels of library automation, basic components of an automated library system, library automation activities.
  3. Integrated library systems: Automated acquisition, major components of an automated acquisition system, major files used in automated acquisition, automated circulation system, major components of an automated circulation system, automated reservation systems.
  4. Automated cataloguing concepts, online public access cataloguing and its use, major components of cataloguing system, necessary filers of cataloguing system, online computer library center (OCLC) and its services.
  5. Automated serials control module and its subsystems, major files of automated serials control subsystems, shared library automation systems and their implications, inter library cooperation in an automated atmosphere, management issues in library automation, human resource development in library automation.
  6. Online searching service, access to in-house databases and retrieval issues, CD-ROM search, access through online web pages, web sites and remote CD-ROM databases, management of electronic resources, application of IT in different services: CAS, SDI, information storage and retrieval issues.
  7. Database and record format, text markup and metadata, database structure, MARC record format, common communications format, Z39.50.
  8. Hardware and software considerations for automation of information institutions, selection of software, in house software development versus ready made software, cost benefit analysis, request for proposal (RFP) and selection of vendors.
  9. Online library automation systems marketplace, front-end and back-end software used in library automation, major software packages available for libraries, components of web based library automation.
  10. Current trends in library automation in Bangladesh and abroad, case studies of selected library and information centers, digital library, internet and its various services, essential features of a library website, open source library software packages.
Credits: 3

ISL 301

  1. Introduction to unit, outline, assessment etc. and introduction to records management and records management profession.
  2. Define records, official records, non-records and public records etc. Introduction to records management, records management system, records life cycle and continuum theory, inventories and forms, files/folders and filing, classifying and indexing records, develop space efficient strategies for the storage of records and their timely and efficient retrieval in a variety of formats in all dimensions of the continuum.
  3. Record management, nature of records, types of records, record management, historical perspectives, structure of record management program, principles and formed of management, record inventory and appraisal, disposition and description, vital record protection, evaluation of record media and storage issues planning a record center.
  4. Archives: definition, scope, objectives and types of archives, importance of archives in a society, archives and library.
  5. Archives management: nature of archives control of archival materials. Archival description and classification levels of description, data elements, finding rules, rules of representation and retrieval, principles of archival classification, registry and filing systems, American filing systems, principles of arrangement, policy and rules governing access to and use of archives documents.
  6. National archives of Bangladesh: its present activities, archival legislation of Bangladesh.
  7. Preservation of archives materials, issues influencing preservation program, design of a preservation program, nature of different types of materials of their storage conditions. Enemies of archival materials, environment, biological, people, insects, disasters etc
  8. Preventive measures: environmental control, good house-keeping, proper storage by type of materials, pest control etc. Post deterioration measures, fumigation, de-acidification, repair and restoration, binding, lamination, microfilming etc.
  9. Digitization standards and best practices.
Credits: 3

ISL 302

  1. Information, identification of information need and information seeking behavior, needs, wants and demands, product, products and services, product classifications, individual product decisions, information as a product, concept of fee based information services, awareness and promotion of information products and services; designing information products and services for users, current trends in Bangladesh.
  2. Marketing concept, marketing defined, key purposes of marketing, organizational orientations towards marketing, factors affecting achievement of organization /library objectives, barriers to marketing, marketing management, developing marketing programs for libraries, marketing approach, marketing and the quality revolution, market, what can be marketed, market planning and implementation.
  3. Developing marketing plan: What is marketing plan, benefits of a marketing plan, how to develop a marketing plan, marketing audit, strategic direction for information center, implementation and control, marketing mix, four Ps and four Cs, creating the marketing mix.
  4. Market segmentation: Characteristics of segmentation, levels of segmentation, and methods of segmentation, and requirements for effective segmentation. Marketing communications: Communication process, steps in developing effective communication.
  5. Direct and online information marketing: Direct marketing, benefits and growth of direct marketing, forms of direct marketing, online marketing of information products in service, conducting online marketing, challenges of online marketing, new roles of libraries and information professionals.
  6. Marketing research and information systems: Assessing information needs, developing and distributing information. Marketing research: defining the problems and research objectives, preparing the research brief, developing the research plan.
  7. Reprography: Conceptual issues, types of reproduction, different methods and process of reprography, reprographic technologies, planning for a reprographic unit.
  8. Advertising, promotion and public relations: Setting advertising objectives, developing advertising strategy, other advertising considerations, public relations planning, AIDA- a communication model, professional cooperation and promotion.
Credits: 3

ISL 303

  1. Information Retrieval (IR) and Online Searching: Concepts, functions and activities, components of online IR, process or steps to online searching, techniques of online searching, basic searching techniques, advanced searching techniques, guidelines for better searching, process of searching an article and databases, role of internet technologies in information retrieval, thesaurus construction.
  2. Information Dissemination Service: Concepts, types, purposes, methods of disseminating current information, criteria for assessment of current information, current awareness service (CAS), definition, purpose, characteristics, types and channels, selective dissemination of information (SDI) service.
  3. Online Methods of Information Dissemination: Online SDI service, EDDS (Electronic Document Delivery Systems), EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer), content management systems.
  4. Information Consolidation: Information consolidation: concepts, objectives, process, user benefits and user studies, packaging and re-packaging of information: concepts, functions, process of re-packaging information, guidelines for preparing: an accession list, a bibliography, a directory, writing an abstract, literature review, case study, handbooks or manuals, packages of materials, translation of materials, newsletters and news sheets, an audio-visual materials.
  5. Creative Presentation of Information: Multimedia: definition, features, types, components, advantages, process of multimedia creation, applications of multimedia in library and information services.
  6. Information Communication Technology (ICT): Communication of information: concepts, model, role of library in the process of communicating information, data or information communication: concepts, model, channels or media of communication, telecommunication: concepts, components, functions, types, telecommunication infrastructure: transmission line.
  7. Information Privacy and Security: Information privacy: concepts, techniques for protection, information security, concepts, threats to information communication systems (ICT), types of computer crime and criminals, security tips for ICT users.
Credits: 3

ISL 304

  1. Concept of research, historical growth and development of research, its objectives, types and significance. Research paradigm: positivist, interpretative, action research model, research processes, criteria of good research, qualities and ethics of research, area of research in library and information science, different methods of research.
  2. Research problem: Concept of research problem, characteristics of research problem, sources of information, personal experience, literature review, theories, paradigm, hypothesis, scope of hypothesis, testing hypothesis. Selection of research problems, techniques involved in defining a problem, different steps involved in writing a research proposal.
  3. Research design (RD): Meaning, need, features of good design, concepts relating to RD, different types of RD, basic principles of experimental design.
  4. Methods of research: Survey, case study, historical documentary-characteristics, advantages, limitations and techniques, collection of primary data, observation methods, interview method, questionnaire method, other method, their advantages and disadvantages, designing questionnaire and structured interview.
  5. Sampling: Concepts, characteristics, requirements of a good sample, types of sampling-random and purposive sampling, systematic sampling, cluster, multiphase sampling, and sampling errors.
  6. Data collection techniques: Questionnaire-mailed, structured, non-structured, close ended and open-ended questionnaire, interview-structured and non-structured, observation – structured, non-structured and participatory, selection of appropriate method in terms of research problems, understanding sources and note taking.
  7. Data processing and analysis: Editing-central editing, field editing, coding and decoding, tabulation, application of statistics and statistical package in data processing.
  8. Report writing and evaluation: Writing a research report characteristics of a good research report, designing framework of a research report, rafting report, reviewing and editing, rules for using quotations, footnotes, references and bibliographies, techniques and criteria for evaluation of a report.
Credits: 3

ISL 305

  1. The theory of classification: natural and artificial classification, terms and predicable, formal rules of divisions and canons of classification, knowledge classification and book classification, criteria of good classification, construction of schedules.
  2. Special features of book classification: Generalia class, standard subdivisions, form class, notation, auxiliaries of notation, index: analysis and use.
  3. Major schemes of classification: Dewey decimal classification, Universal Decimal Classification, Library of Congress Classification, Colon Classification, Bibliographical Classification.
  4. Analysis and applications of Universal Decimal Classification (UDC): Special features, differences with DDC, main subject structure, notational systems: hospitality, mnemonics, common and special auxiliaries.
  5. Practical classification work applying DDC.
Credits: 3

ISL 306

  1. Utility of bibliographic reading of print media.
  2. Use of sears list of subject headings, directions to follow, construction of subject headings adopting various subdivisions.
  3. Comparative analysis of catalogues: Online / OPAC vs. card, microfiche, printed catalogues, Classified vs. dictionary catalogue, construction, appropriateness of classified and dictionary catalogues to different types of libraries, Catalogue vs. bibliography, entry patterns, methods, differences, Shelf list vs. public catalogues, accession register, Union catalogues.
  4. Computerized cataloguing: Peripherals / hardware, software involved in integrated automated online catalogue, Reasons for development of automated system / superiority of automated processing system over traditional system, MARC: Machine readable cataloguing format, MARC derivative products, Utilities of OPAC, Integrated online library automation systems (IOLAS).
  5. Resource Description and Access (RDA)
  6. Dublin Core
Credits: 3

ISL 307

  1. Definition, international vs. comparative librarianship, benefits, goals and objectives of international and comparative librarianship, theoretical approach, comparative librarianship as method and discipline, comparative method as scientific discipline, types of comparative librarianship.
  2. Outline of basic data about a foreign information system, factors affecting the growth and development of information system in the developed and developing countries.
  3. Information systems and pattern of information profession in modern times with special reference to USA, UK, Russia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh: Public library and media centers, university and college libraries, national libraries and special libraries and information centers. Problems and prospects of information systems, libraries and information profession in developing countries especially in Bangladesh
  4. Role of national and international organizations, professional and non-professional associations for the development and non-professional associations for the development of information systems and services both in developed and developing countries.
  5. Information education in the continents of America, Europe and Asia with reference to Bangladesh.
  6. Library co-operation, library and society, mass media and communication, development of library economy.
  7. Use of new information technologies in information systems and libraries in USA, UK, Japan, India, Bangladesh.
  8. Library legislation (a) Rationale (b) Principles of library legislation, growth of library legislation in UK, USA, Scandinavian countries, India and Bangladesh.
  9. Bibliographical guide to information centers, professional training and information sources throughout the world.
Credits: 3

ISL 308

  1. Principles of Information Architecture; Organization and Navigation.
  2. Metadata and Taxonomies: Rules for creating, organizing and maintaining taxonomies; Case studies and presentation.
  3. Creation, identification and organization of web-based user interfaces; Principles of web usability; Usability testing; Basic principles of user-centered design.
  4. Web standards for representing data and knowledge including XML and the Semantic Web languages RDF and OWL.
  5. Development and management of Information repositories.
  6. Folksonomies and Crowdsourcing; Case studies and presentation.
  7. Internet and web information architecture; Future of web information architecture.
Credits: 3

ISL 309

  1. Number Building Process using Auxiliary Tables of DDC 22nd Edition

Table – 1. Standard Subdivisions
Table – 2. Geographic Areas, Historical Periods, Persons
Table – 3. Subdivisions for the Arts, for Individual Literatures, for Specific Literary Forms
Table – 4. Subdivisions of Individual Languages and Language Families
Table – 5. Ethnic and National Groups
Table – 6. Languages

  1. Number Building Process using DDC Main Classes
  2. Number Building Process using UDC Common and Special Auxiliaries
  3. Number Analysis in DDC Scheme
  4. Number Analysis in UDC Scheme
Credits: 4

ISL 310

Manual and automated practical cataloguing using AACR2, MARC21, RDA and Dublin Core

  1. Single author.
  2. Double authors.
  3. Triple authors.
  4. More than three authors.
  5. Shelf list entry.
  6. Title as main entry.
  7. Encyclopedias and dictionaries.
  8. Compiled and edited works.
  9. Entry for work revised by different author.
  10. Added entries.
  11. Index entries, filing in classified and dictionary catalogues.
Credits: 4

ISL 311

  1. Introductory statistics: Meaning and functions of statistics, Scope and limitations of statistical use, Importance and applications of statistics in library and information systems.
  2. Basic statistics: Frequency distribution, Measures of central tendency-arithmetic mean, median, mode, Measures of dispersion-range, quartile deviation, mean deviation, standard deviation, Correlation and it’s types-positive and negative, simple, partial and multiple, linear and non-linear correlation, Regression analysis, simple and multivariate regression.
  3. Inferential statistics: Concept, difference between descriptive and inferential statistics, Parametric and non-parametric tests.
  4. Sampling: Techniques of sampling-random sampling: simple systematic, stratified, cluster, multiphase and purposive or judgmental sampling: probability and its formula.
  5. Application of computer in data analysis and presentation: Introduction to SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences).
  6. Information and collateral areas: Meaning, definition, scope and importance in library research, Comparative study of bibliometrics, librametrics, scientometrics, informatics, Application of bibliometrics in library research, Bibliometrics and other indicators, citation studies, Mathematical bibliometrics.
  7. Descriptive Statistics: Types of diagrams and construction techniques-bar diagram, histogram, frequency polygon, frequency curve, pie chart, Data presentation: general rules for constructing diagrams.
Credits: 3

ISL 401

  1. Definition, origin, objectives and fields of library cooperation, information networking and resource sharing, influencing and reducing factors and barriers to information networking and resource sharing, basic agreements of resource sharing.
  2. Information networking and resource sharing processes, functions and activities of information resource sharing, components of information networking, rationale of establishment of information network in library and information institution.
  3. Types of network and their configurations, local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN), network protocols, different programs / models of information networking and resource sharing, logical tools and technologies for information networking, factors to be considered for establishing library and information network.
  4. Application and use of internet in information networking, tools for internet, process of digitization of library materials for automated information networking, use of multimedia in information networking and resource sharing. Technical aspects, hardware and software requirements for information networking, manpower needs for information networking and resource sharing with their job description, user needs.
  5. Financial, and functional management issues in information networking and resource sharing, reasons for automated information network, national, regional and international information networks and resource sharing activities, existing status, problems and prospects of library and information networking in Bangladesh, preparation of a model plan for library and information network.
  6. Consortia formation, licensing and management for subscribing of electronic resources.
Credits: 3

ISL 402

  1. Basic concepts: Introduction to systems and information systems, system elements, different types of information systems, introduction to system development models- waterfall, incremental, transformation and spiral model
  2. Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC): Introduction to SDLC and its functional steps, planning for system study, understanding existing systems, exploring the limitations and defining objectives, searching alternative and solutions and feasibility study.
  3. Analysis: System anatomy, identify the new system requirements, object modeling, dynamic modeling and functional modeling, risk analysis, developing test criteria and plans.
  4. Design: Design methodologies, design process, different aspects design of library and information systems- input/output design, form/interface design, database design, control design, network and communication subsystem design, procedural design, security design, developing implementation plan and maintenance manual, integrating subsystems.
  5. System testing and implementation: Testing programs, installation of necessary equipment, recruitment and training of personnel, implementation plan, systems conversion, post implementation review.
  6. Evaluation and maintenance: Concept and scope of evaluation in library and information systems, approaches to evaluation, performance measurement, evaluation of systems security and data integrity. Measuring effectiveness of information retrieval systems, analysis of users satisfaction, cost-effectiveness analysis.
  7. Project management and professional aspects: Introduction to project management and SDLC project planning, the role, essential qualifications and standard of behavior of system analyst, information engineering and its different issues, ethics in SDLC and other professional issues.
Credits: 3

ISL 403

  1. Introduction to information literacy: Evolution, nature, characteristics of information literacy, significance of information literacy in information society.
  2. Different dimensions of information literacy: tool literacy, resource literacy, social-structural literacy, research literacy, publishing literacy, critical literacy.
  3. Information literacy models: Big6, PLUS information skill model, seven faces of information literacy, seven pillars of information literacy.
  4. Media Information Literacy: Definition, objectives, functions, skills.
  5. Digital Literacy: Scope, evolution, features, skills, components.
  6. Information literacy guideline of IFLA.
  7. Information literacy assessment.
  8. National and international perspective of information literacy.
  9. Information literacy practices in Bangladesh.
Credits: 3

ISL 404

  1. PC Hardware: Hardware used for input and output, hardware inside the computer case or system box, components (fan, Central Processing (CPU), CPU socket) used primarily for processing, temporary (primary) storage devices, permanent (secondary) storage devices, interface (expansion) cards.
  2. Number systems and codes: Decimal, binary, octal and hexadecimal number system, conversion of numbers-binary to decimal, decimal to binary, hexadecimal to decimal and hexadecimal to binary conversion.
  3. Troubleshooting common PC problems, their causes and solutions: General troubleshooting rules, steps to troubleshooting success, common problems- and solutions and troubleshooting trips for emergency.
  4. Microprocessor: Control unit, its organs and organization, arithmetic-logic and its components and organization, registers, counter, decoder, encoder, feature summary of 80296, 80386 and Pentium processor, computer memories and their organization.
  5. Understanding and managing computer memory: Physical memory and memory address, flash memory, main memory: SIMM and DIMM, ROM and RAM on the system board, main memory vs. cache memory, varieties of SRAM memory, conventional memory, expanded memory, virtual memory etc.
  6. Purchasing a PC or building your own PC: Selecting a personal computer to meet your needs, purchasing a brand PC vs. a Clone PC, selecting software and hardware, building a personal computer step by step, overview of the assembling and disassembling process.
  7. Installation and preventive maintenance: Pre-install planning, install practices, guidelines for developing a PC preventive maintenance plan, memory upgrade, installation of hardware and software.
  8. Computer viruses and environmental hazards that may affect the PC: Computer virus, types of computer virus, Techniques of attack, symptoms of computer virus, anti-virus software, tips for protecting the PC against virus and other infestations.
  9. Understanding and troubleshooting: Different types of printers, mice, key-boards, monitor and scanners.
  10. Protecting and maintaining hard disks: Precautions for protecting the hard disk, data and software, backing up the MBR, system files and user data, automated system recovery, recovery console, checking disks for errors, defrag-menting the file system and dealing with dead disks.
Credits: 4

ISL 405

  1. Operating System Overview, Operating System objectives and functions, The evolution of Linux, Modern UNIX Systems, Distributions of Linux, server and desktop version
  2. Debian vs Redhat Linux, Installation details of Linux, Logging on the System, Touring Utilities and System Features.
  3. File Management: overview, file organization and access, File Directories, File Sharing, Record Blocking, Secondary Storage Management, Linux Virtual File System
  4. Mastering the Visual Editor, Creating and Changing Directories, specifying Instructions to the Shell,
  5. User management: setting and using Permissions, Controlling User Processes
  6. Accessing and Exploring Graphical Desktops, Maintaining and Administering a Linux System
  7. Web server, File server, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Server
  8. Apache and MySQL administration
  9. I/O Management and Disk Scheduling: I/O Devices, Organization of the I/O Function,  I/O Buffering, Disk Scheduling, Disk Cache, Linux I/O.
Credits: 4

ISL 406

  1. Introduction, benefits of CMS
  2. Relationship with other information systems: document management, records management, digital asset management
  3. Principles of CMS
  4. CMS Architecture
  5. System and data integration in CMS
  6. Applications, CMS and Community Information Systems
  7. Roles of other related technologies: Extended Markup Language (XML), DBMS, Portals, Data Mining, Agent technologies, Personalization,
  8. Study of CMS Software Drupal, Joomla, WordPress
  9. Comparison and Evaluation of CMS
  10. Project: CMS in Library environment.
Credits: 4

ISL 407

  1. Basic concepts: Introduction to database and database management systems (DBMS), purpose of database systems, introduction to database administration (DBA), basic components of DBMS and its system structure.
  2. Data modeling: Concepts, entity relationship (ER) model, object oriented data model, relational data model, network data model and hierarchical data models.
  3. RDBMS: Features, structure of relational databases, data structure of RDBMS, keys and other integrity constraints, database design- process, conceptual design, normalization and decomposition, relational algebra and relational calculus.
  4. Storage structure and physical organization of records: Overviews of physical storage media, data storage formats on disk- track format, record format, file organization and addressing methods, data indexing and different type of indexing techniques, hashing and different type of hash functions.
  5. Management: Transaction processing and concurrency control, buffer management, system failure and recovery.
  6. Database applications in library and information systems: Necessary data items and data structure in library management, different type of transaction processing in library operations, searching metadata and free text searching, introduction to some database software and selection criteria of DBMS packages for libraries, recent trends, existing conditions, problems and prospects of database management in Bangladesh.
Credits: 4

ISL 408

  1. HTML: Elements, Heading, Attribute, style, image, block, layout, table, lists, etc.
  2. Introduction to XML, DHTML, XHTML, HTML5
  3. CSS introductions, syntax, selectors, background, text, font, links, list, layout, align, DIV etc
  5. Web Server installation, configuration with Apache..
  6. Introductions, Importance and Functions of Java script, basic learning by example
  7. PHP introductions, Syntax, variables, data type, loops, functions, form handling, validation, database connection etc
  8. Basic database management through MySQL and using MySQL with PHP
  9. Relevant W3 Standards and Protocols.
Credits: 4

ISL 409

  1. Project design: Need assessment, planning, hardware and software requirement for ILS development, comparison of software and selection, manpower requirement, time duration, budgeting, evaluation method, training need.
  2. Procurement: Hardware, software, network equipment, IP and internet connectivity, electricity supply.
  3. Setup and configuration: Server configuration with Linux for library software, software Installation (koha, Dspace, Greenstone Digital Library Software (GSDL), Vufind, Drupal, software configuration, RFID setup and integration with Integrated Library System (ILS) software.
  4. Testing and running: Running on test basis, evaluation, configuration based on evaluation report, running the entire system.
  5. Staff Training: Server maintenance, ILS maintenance, configuring ILS, running the entire system
Credits: 4

ISL 499

  1. Procurement of library materials, purchase policy
  2. Book selection policy
  3. Processing of library materials
  4. Shelving and circulation policy
  5. Corresponding knowledge
  6. Library staffing
  7. Reporting
  8. Stocktaking
  9. Library automation
  10. Digitization

Duration: 1 month

Credits: 3

ISL 498
The course allows the students to explore a topic that is of interest to them in which they want to gain further knowledge. The course aids the students to demonstrate their problem-solving and critical thinking abilities by means of research. The course also encourages the students to understand the culture of scientific research. Students will be able to

  1. Work one to one with supervisor
  2. Contribute to the creation of new knowledge
  3. Apply the critical and analytical thinking skills
  4. Prepare for research based career