Sri Lanka Library Association - DIPLIS

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  • First batch of students have successfully completed the course. The second batch is at it now. Any one interested in getting more info on DIPLIS pl. contact the SLLA Office. or 011 2589103
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Rapid advances in computing and networking technologies have changed the library profession dramatically in recent years. But has the proliferation of technology changed the libraries in Sri Lanka? SLLA is faced with this challange in preparing future librarians to suit the changes of the new developments that has a direct impact on the profession. As such the SLLA has designed this course as part of the DIPLIS programme to provide basic skills to the new librarians entering the profession.


A library is a collection of books for reading or borrowing and will be housed in a room or building. It can also have a similar collection of sound recordings, films, etc. Materials in the library should be organized in such a way that they can be easily retrieved. These materials can be accessed through the catalogue. A catalog is a list of library materials contained in a collection, a library, or a group of libraries, arranged according to some definite plan. Cataloging is the process that organizes our collections of materials for retrieval by putting bibliographic information about our collections into the library catalogue.

In this course you will be learning the basic principles of cataloguing.

Library classification should be viewed in its broader context of the classification of knowledge--the orderly arrangement of thoughts and things for convenient reference. This has been an activity of man since his earliest days, when primitive man first classified animals and plants in the interest of food. Philosophers, including Aristotle and Roger Bacon, have always been concerned with the arrangement, not only of objects, but of knowledge, into definable categories. Library classification--practical systems for the arrangement of books on shelves--has also existed since ancient times. Librarians have relied, in their arrangements, on the knowledge schemes created by philosophers. As knowledge, and the number of books, have increased, new library schemes have been developed. The 19th Century saw many such schemes, notably the Dewey system. Because of the dynamic nature of knowledge itself, library classification schemes are unlikely ever to be stabilized. At present, librarians are attempting to fill the gaps by creating special systems for individual subjects such as business and medicine.
A library is a collection of information resources organized to provide library services to the public to meet the needs of the community. In the more traditional sense, it means a collection of printed materials. However, with the collection of media other than books for storing information, many libraries are now also repositories and access points for maps, prints or other documents and artworks on various storage media such as microfilm, microfiche, audio tapes, CDs, LPs, cassettes, video tapes and DVDs, and provide public facilities to access CD-ROM and subscription databases and the Internet.

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