Library Automation and Digitisation

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Innovations in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has brought about drastic changes in the day to day functioning of libraries. Technological aids have been used in libraries to facilitate and enhance the library services as and when they are introduced. In the late 1800s the typewriters revolutionalised the working of the of the libraries. Introduction of the microcomputers brought about a transition from manual systems to automated systems in housekeeping operations of the libraries. The library collections have also changed over the years. More and more multimedia resources are getting added in the library collection. Another major trend is towards digitisation of the collection and building digital repositories. 

This course introduces you to the concepts of library automation and digitisation.

Objectives of the Course:

The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the following aspects:

  • automation of housekeeping opeations with special reference to open source library automation software Koha;
  • rendering of computerised services;
  • different types of media resources and their preservation and maintenance;
  • need and purpose of digitisation;
  • processes, methods and equipments used for digitising; and
  • developing digital library using open source DSpace software.

Course Duration: 12 weeks

Target Audience: Library and Information Science professionals, students and faculty

Eligibility for Enrolment: Passed 10 + 2 with Library & Information Science qualification atleast at Certificate level. 

Course Pre- requisite: Basic knowledge of library functions and services.

Learning Outcomes: After going through this course the learner will get a thorough understanding of an automated library system, automation processes and the use of open source Integrated Library System software like Koha. They will also know about different types of resources available in Libraries and their preservation aspects. They will get familiarised with the digitisation process and learn to use Open Source DSpace software for developing digital libraries and repositories.

Subject Matter Experts:   

Prof. A. R. D. Prasad

Head, DRTC

ISI, Bangalore

Dr. Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay

Dept. of Library & Information Science

Kalyani University

Kalyani, WB 

Prof. Uma Kanjilal

Faculty of Library and Information Science, IGNOU, New Delhi



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Uma Kanjilal

Prof. Uma Kanjilal is a Professor of Library and Information Science in the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Director, Inter University Consortium. She has 27 years of teaching experience in IGNOU.

Prof. Kanjilal was Fulbright scholar in the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA in 1999-2000 where she worked on multimedia and web based courseware development. Her area of specialization includes: e- learning, multimedia courseware development, and digital libraries.


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