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Created byUsha Munshi
The objective of the course is to impart in-depth knowledge on use of information and communication technology in libraries and to prepare students either to work in a fully automated library that subscribes to resources in print as well as in electronic format or to set-up a modern library on their own. The aim of this course is to inculcate in-depth knowledge on the use of information and communication technologies in libraries.
Course Coverage: The course imparts in-depth knowledge on basic concepts and scope of ICT, its associated technologies and their evolution. The course also elaborates on various contemporary programming languages. It elaborates upon computer networks their types, topologies, switching techniques, media and devices, network standards and protocols. Data networks and digital technologies that are used for developing integrated service such as ISDN, ATM, DSL, etc. are dealt with in details.It touches upon major threats and challenges of network security, software and hardware solutions available for it. It also imparts knowledge on Web 2.0 tools and techniques that can be used to create a collaborative and participative environment amongst users and library and on semantic web and process of delivering high-level services using semantic properties of information. During the course you will learn about library automation, integrated library management software packages and its functional modules including acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, serials control and OPAC. It also elaborates on retro-conversion of bibliographic records and use of RFID in libraries.
The course is designed for the students of library and information science as well as for professionals working in library and information centers. Other learners interested in learning information and communication technologies my also take up the course.
The learner should have basic knowledge of computers and acquaintance of information and communication tools and it uses in the automated library environment.
Timeline - Duration:
The course consists of 35 modules and is deliverable in a time span of 15 weeks as per the course layout given below.
Week 1: Basics of ICTs and Functional Units of Computers
Definition, Concept, Objectives and scope of ICT. Classification of computers on the basis of size and generations. Functional Units of Computers: Input Unit, Storage Unit, Central Processing Unit (CPU) and output Unit
Week 2: Computer Software: Operating System, Application Software and Programming Languages
Operating Systems: Concept and basic features of Windows, Linux with a very brief passing description of MS-DOS
Application software, System Software and Service Software, Basic Concept and Examples. (Middleware, etc)
Programming Languages: Low Level, machine language, Assembly, High Level Language (HLL); Algorithm and Flow Chart: Concept and Uses
Week 3: Basics of Computer Network: Types, Topologies, Switching Techniques, Media and Devices, Network Protocols
Networking Techniques, Media and Devices: Switching techniques-Circuit switching, packet switching, cell switching; Network media-UTP, Optical fiber, Ethernet, Network Interface Cards, Hubs, Routers, Gateway, Modem
Network Protocols: Definition, Concept, Types – TCP / IP, OSI. Other Protocols: SMTP, Telnet, FTP, HTTP, Z39.50. (Harvesting Protocols-OAI-PMH, open standards)
Week 4: Data Network and Network Security
Network Security: Authentication, Firewalls, Virus, Spyware.
Data Networks: Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Digital Subscribers Line (DSL), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), etc.
Week 5: Basics of Internet and Search Engines
Internet: Basic services & features, advantages. History and Development; WWW domain names, IP address & URLs
Search Engines, Concept, Types of Search Engines and Meta Search Engines, Advantages in using Search Engines
Week 6: Web 2.0 and Semantic Web
Web 2,0: Concept and features, Web 2.0 Tools and Services: Webcast, Webinars, Blogs, Wikis, Online chat, Online forms and Discussion groups. Crowd-Sourcing
Semantic Web, Invisible Web and Deep Web;
Week 7: Library Automation: Concept, Acquisition, Cataloging, Retro-conversion of Bibliographic Records
Library Automation: Definition, need, purpose and advantages.
Retro-conversion in cataloguing
Week 8: Library Automation: Circulation, Serial Control, OPAC and Library Security Technology
Library Security Technology: RFID, Barcode, Smart Card and CCTV, etc.
Case Study: SOUL
Week 9: Library Automation: Case Studies using SOUL, Koha and LibSys
Case Study: Koha
Week 10: Open Source Library Software and Library Standards MARC and Dublin Core
Open Source Library Software and Applications
Week 11: Library Networks in India: INFLIBNET & DELNET
Library Network in India : INFLIBNET - objectives, Functions, Services and Activities
Library Network in India: DELNET - objectives, Functions, Services and Activities
Week 12: Case Studies: Library Network in UK and USA
Case Studies: Library Network in UK (JANET)
Case Studies: Library Network in USA (OCLC)
Week 13: Academic Library Consortia
Academic Library Consortia and Networks – Part I
Academic Library Consortia and Networks – Part II
Week 14: Library Consortium: UGC-INFONET Digital Library Consortium, INDEST-AICTE Consortium, e-Shodh Sindhu
Library Consortium: UGC INFONET Digital Library, with reference to NLIST
Library Consortium: INDEST
Week 15: Crowd Sourcing, Cloud Computing and Ethics in Cyberspace - Plagiarism
Ethics in Cyberspace - Plagiarism (software)
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Dr. Usha Mujoo Munshi, a Fulbright scholar is currently with Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) as head of its library. She has over 155 research publications and a few books to her credit. Recipient of several national and international awards which include Raizada Memorial Award, for Young Information Scientist of the Society of Information Science (SIS); SIS Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship; ASSIST International Best Paper Award by ASSIST, USA. Recently she has been elected as a member of Data Policy Committee of CODATA, International Council for Science (ICSU).