Academic Departments
Department of Library & Information Science
Contact

Third Floor, Asutosh Building, 87/1, College Street,
Kolkata - 700 073,
Phone :2241 0071; ext. 308, 342

Year of Establishment

1945

Department at a Glance

In 1943, the Inter University Board of India resolved that graduates of any stream would be eligible for admission to the Librarianship courses conducted by the Indian Universities. About the same time a library sub–committee was formed by the University of Calcutta. On August 17, 1944 the syndicate of the university considered the resolutions of the sub–committee to the effect that “The University will institute a Diploma course in Librarianship every year. The course including the examination will extend over one year beginning in the month of January.” Admission to the course was open to the graduate only and the intake was limited to 15 students only. A Librarianship Training Committee used to be appointed every year to run the course, as there was no separate Department. The arrangement called the Librarianship Training Department under the administrative control of Library Department (i.e. the University Librarian) was placed with the Faculty of Arts. The first Dip. Lib. Training Programme started in January 1945. In 1959, the Training Department was separated from the Library Department and was renamed as “Department of Library Science”. A separate and independent Faculty for Post – Graduate Studies in Library Science was created under which the department was placed. From the 1969-1970 session the “Diploma” was replaced by Post Graduate Degree of Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib.Sc). In 1998 the department has been renamed as the Department of Library & Information Science offering the course called Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLISc). The department is presently under the Faculty of Post – Graduates Studies in Education, Journalism and Library & Information Science.

Courses Offered

Programme Level of Study Cut-off Mark at entry Intake Capacity Duration
BLIS P.G. Admission test 55 One year
MLIS P.G. On merit/Test 24 Two year
5-year Integrated MLIS P.G. Admission Test 40 Five year
M. Phil Research Admission Test and Viva 15 Two year
Ph.D. Research Admission Test and Viva

Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS)

Preamble

The first Diploma in Librarianship (Dip.. Lib.) Training Programme started in January, 1945. From the 1969 - 1970 session the “Diploma” was replaced by Post Graduate Degree of Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib.Sc). In 1998, the department has been renamed as the Department of Library & Information Science and the course is being called as Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLISc). Intake of students in the course is 55 at present.

Objectives

The main objective of BLIS course is to make a student competent with basic information skills, both traditional and modern.

The students will be prepared as efficient, progressive, humane professionals with initiative, drive and integrity.

Eligibility to sit for Admission Test

Any person having an Honours Degree (10+2+3 pattern) or master Degree or a degree (even if without Honours degree at Bachelor level) in a technical subject (of the pattern 10+2+4 or 10+2+5) such as medical Science, Engineering, Law etc. of this University or having an equivalent degree of any other University or Institute recognized by this University will be eligible for admission to the BLIS course, the persons appearing in the final Part – II Honours Examination will also be allowed to sit for the Admission Test. But their admission to BLIS will be subject to the condition of securing Honours Degree when the result comes out and also of being in the admission list for BLIS course on the basis of Admission / Merit Test.

Duration
One year

Classes
Normally the classes are held in the evening. But classes may also be held during normal working hours.

Syllabus
I. Library Information & Society (Th)
II. Library Management (Th)
III. Library Classification Theory (Th)
IV. Library Classification Practice (Pr)
V. Library Cataloguing Theory (Th)
VI. Library Cataloguing practice (Pr)
VII. Information Sources & Services (Th)
VIII. Information Sources & Services (Pr)
IXA Computer Application in Library & Information Science (Th)
IXB Computer Application in Library & Information Science (Pr)

Beginning of Session

The session starts in August / September and after publication of results of B.A. / B. Sc. Part – II Honours of the University of Calcutta. The Admission Test is completed in June.

Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.Sc)

Preamble

The Master degree course was introduced in 1973. The classes started in 1974 and the first batch of successful students came out in 1976. The name of the course was Master of Library Science (M.Lib.Sc.). It has been a 2 – year course at par with other master degree courses of the Calcutta University. With the passage of time, the field of information and library science and management is growing in many dimensions and the usefulness and necessity of a Master degree course is being appreciated. In 1998 the course is renamed as Master of Library & Information Science (MLISc). Intake of students in the course was initially ten (10), which has been increased to twenty - four (24).

Objectives

The students are prepared to take up the information challenges of the coming years.

The students are prepared to take up leadership position in both the traditional types of information institutions e.g., academic libraries and most modern and futuristic types of information institute e.g., as database managers, or information specialists.

The students are prepared in such a manner that they may be capable of taking up self-employment in information field.

The students are prepared to make themselves fit in varied types of information work such as HRD, information dissemination or in house editing and publishing information system management, e – marketing, community development, R & D in information field, teaching and training, etc.

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Admission

Any person having a Bachelor degree in Library & Information Science / Library Science / Information Science or a equivalent degree from a recognized university or institution may apply for the said course. Normally the students passing out of the B.L.I.S. course of the University of Calcutta in most current session will give preference.

Duration

Two years

Classes

Normally the classes are held during normal working hours.

Syllabus

1st Semester
Paper I Information and Communication process
Paper II Management of Information System
Paper III Information Sources (on the literature of Humanities, Social Science and Science and Technology)
Paper IV Qualitative Research Methods
Paper V Application of Information Technology (Theory)

2nd Semester
Paper I Sociology and Economics of Information
Paper II Management of Libraries and Information Services
Paper III Information Systems and Services
Paper IV Quantitative Research Methods
Paper V Information and Communication Technology (Theory)

3rd Semester
Paper I Application of Information Technology (Practice)
Paper II Information Processing (Theory)
Paper III Information Processing (Practice)
Paper IV Technical Writing
Paper V Optional Paper (Theory)
Paper V(i) Preservation and Conservation of library materials
Paper V(ii) Comparative and International Librarianship
Paper V(iii) Manuscript and archival materials management system
Paper V(iv) Document Production Process and Printed Document
Paper V(v) Industrial Library and Information System
Paper V(vi) Agricultural Library and Information Systems and Services
Paper V(vii) User education and User Studies
Paper V(viii) Library and Information Science Education
Paper V(ix) Community Information Services
Paper V(x) Informetrics

4th Semester
Paper I Information and Communication Technology
Paper II Information Retrieval (Theory)
Paper III Information Retrieval (Practice)
Paper IV Information Consolidation and Repackaging
Paper V Project
  Gr. A Survey work/Project work and Report writing
  Gr. B Field Visit and Report

Session

1st Semester - January every year
2nd Semester – July every year
3rd Semester – January every year
4th Semester - July every year

Faculty Members

 Name Phone No.  E - mail  Specialization
 Professors
Dr. Ratna Bandyopadhyay +91 (033) 23973880 rdas@hotmail.com,
ratnabandyopadhyay@yahoo.co.in
Information Processing & Retrieval;
Cataloguing
Dr. Pijushkanti Panigrahi +91 94342 43522 panigrahipk@yahoo.com
panigrahipk11@gmail.com
Artificial Intelligence - NLP, ES; Digital Library; Information Technology Application; Industrial Information System
Dr. Biplab Chakrabarti +91 (033) 24183907 bclis@caluniv.ac.in Information Sources & Services, Community Information Systems
Associate Professors
Dr. Swapna Banerjee 9830305624 swapna.banerjee98@gmail.com Knowledge Organization; Information processing & retrieval, Classification Preservation & Conservation, Information Management
Dr. Dibyendu Paul +91 (033) 25397771 dibyendu.kly@gmail.com dibyendu_kly@yahoo.com Computer Application in Library ; Digital Library ; Information Systems ; Bibliographic Control; Knowledge Organization
Assistant Professors
Dr. Arabinda Maity +91 9433403541 amaity@caluniv.ac.in Library Classification, Information sources, Systems and Services
Mr. Parikshit Mondal +91 9432989848 parikshitmondal@yahoo.co.in Cataloguing, Library Management
Dr. Sabuj Kumar Chaudhuri +919434457215 Sabooj_c@yahoo.co.in sabujkchaudhuri@gmail.com http://sabujkc.webs.com IPR, Patent, Copyright, Social Informatics, Biodiversity Informatics, cultural informatics, Scientific Informatics, ICT, Computer Networking, TK, Information System Design, IR, Research Methods
Dr. Pubalika Bhattacharya Maitra +919433469545 pbm_1234@yahoo.co.in pbmcu12@gmail.com Indigenous knowledge Management, LIS Education, LIS Education and Placement, Research Methods, Multiculturalism, Indian Communities and Culture, Health Informatics and Retrieval Systems, Information Communication Systems Management.
Dr. Susmita Chakraborty 91-9830710918 susmitachakraborty94@gmail.com http://drsusmitachakraborty.blogspot.com Information Services to the disadvantageous population, International Librarianship, Digital Library System, LIS Education, CIS, KM, OA, OER, WEB-D, ICT-D.

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5 years Integrated MLIS Course

Objectives

The students will be prepared to take up the challenges of the information society in future.

The students will be prepared to take up leadership position in both the traditional types of information institutions e.g., academic libraries and modern information institutes.

The students will be prepared in such a manner that they may be capable of taking up self employment in information field.

Accommodate the first lovers of Library and Information Science as their first choice of subject.

Fulfill the high level of teaching from basic level to advanced level under one umbrella.

Incorporate the related disciplines in the curricula for facilitating interdisciplinary study and research.

Educate library and information specialists who can respond to the changing information needs of the society.

Provide leadership within the profession in defining the role of the profession, the interrelationships between the University and the practising professional.

Provide the scope of many other opportunities not easily available now to LIS students, e.g. appearing for the competitive and administrative examinations;

Nomenclature

The degree of Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) course of the University of Calcutta is awarded to a candidate who has completed a regular course of study for not less than five years and qualified the examinations after Semester-1, Semester-2, Semester-3, Semester-4, Semester-5, Semester-6, Semester-7, Semester-8, Semester-9 and Semester- 10 held at such time and place and in the such manner as prescribed by the appropriate authority of the University from time to time. At the end of 4 years, after successful completion of 8 semesters, a candidate may take the exit option and will get the degree in the nomenclature of Bachelor of Library and Information Science (Honours). After successful completion of 8 semesters, all candidates will be awarded the respective degree mentioned above.

Admission Criterion

Any person having passed HS (10 + 2) in Indian Academic System or equivalent degree from recognised Council/ Institution may apply for the said course. Admission to the course shall be strictly on the basis of admission test..

Reservation of seats

Quota of reservation for different categories of candidate shall be regulated by the order of the notifications of the appropriate authority from time to time.

Duration

The duration of the Semester, the number of classes and the duration of each theory, practice and tutorial classes (period); beginning and end of session (Semester) will be notified in the beginning of each session by the appropriate authority. The classes are held during morning and day time. There shall be theory and practice classes supported by the tutorials, seminars, colloquia, special lectures, educational tours, sessionals and assignments, class examinations, quiz, etc.

Syllabus

1st Semester
101 Library, Information and Society
102 Bengali or any other Major Indic Language
103 Introduction to English
104 General Studies
105 Computer Fundamentals (Theory)

2nd Semester
201 Library Laws and Ethics
202 Communicative English
203 Library Management
204L Computer Fundamentals (Practice)
205 Introduction to Mathematics

3rd Semester
301 Knowledge Organisation (Theory)
302L Knowledge Organisation - 1 (Practice)
303 Information Sources, Systems and Services
304 Bibliography and Collection Development
305 Introduction to Statistics

4th Semester
401 Organisational Behaviour
402 Resource Description (Theory)
403L Resource Description (Practice)
404 Preservation and Conservation of Information Sources
405 ICT Applications (Theory)

5th Semester
501L Knowledge Organisation - 2 (Practice)
501L Study of Subject and Study on Information Sources (Practice)
503 Library Automation and Networking (Theory)
504L Library Automation and Networking (Practice)
505 Information Storage and Retrieval (Theory)

6th Semester
601 Digital Content Management
602L ICT Applications -1(Practice)
603L Information Storage and Retrieval (Practice)
604 Environmental Studies LIS
605L Field visit and/or Internship and Viva-Voce LIS

7th Semester
701 Information and Communication Process
702 Statistical Techniques
703 User Studies
704 L ICT Applications - 2 (Practice)
705 Management of Information Systems and Centres

8th Semester
801 Information Sources in Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology
802 Technical Writing, Information Analysis, Consolidation and Repackaging (Theory)
803 Quantitative Research Methods
804 Library Planning, Building and Architecture
805 LIS Education, Comparative and International Librarianship

9th Semester
901 Digital Library and Related Concepts
902 Qualitative Research Methods
903L Technical Writing, Information Analysis, Consolidation and Repackaging (Practice)
904 Information Processing and Retrieval
905 Web Content Management and Social Networking

10th Semester
1001L Digital Library Management (Practice)
1002 Library Website Design (Theory)

1003L Library Website Design (Practice)
1004 Special Paper (Any One)
10041 Academic Library System and Services
10042 Community Information System and Services
10043 Medical Information System and Services
10044 Legal Information System and Services
10045 Business Information System and Services
10046 Manuscripts and Archival Materials Management system and Services
10047 Industrial Information System and Services
10048 Agriculture Information System and Services
10049 Informetrics 100410 Digital Preservation
1005L Project on Special Paper

Research Work

Major thrust areas in which Research activities are being actively pursued :

Bibliographic Control

LIS Education

Preservation and Conservation

Institutional Repositories

Networking

Community Information Services

Digital library

Information Management System

Knowledge Management

Library Management

Natural Language Processing

Public Libraries

Scientometrics & Informetrics

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