BLII- 014: ICT in Libraries

By Professor Uma Kanjilal   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
This course is part of the IGNOU Online Programme Certificate in Library and Information Science (for more details visit https://iop.ignouonline.ac.in). 

The course is targeted for professionals working in the public, school, college and university libraries. After going through this course you will be able to:
-  understand how computers work;
-  work with the open source Operating System- Ubuntu;
-  use open source office tools LibreOffice Writer, Calc and Impress for your day to day work;
-  introduce automation in your library using open source library automation packages such as Koha; and
-  use Internet and web 2.0 tools to provide day to day library services to your clientele. 
The course covers three major themes: 
-  Digital Literacy,
-  Library Automation, and
-  Internet based Tools and Services.
Though the course is specifically designed for library professionals it is useful for anyone who is interested in getting basic training in computers and different ICT tools.

The course is enriched with multimedia content comprising reading material, video lectures, e-tutorials for hands on training and weekly quizzes. 

Learners enrolled: 1800


Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2020
End Date : 31 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 14 Nov 2020
Enrollment Ends : 31 Oct 2020
Category :
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Level : Diploma



    Topics Covered

    Resource Persons 

    Week 1:

    Computer Basics

    Computer Basics

    Prof. Uma Kanjilal Professor and Head, Faculty of Library and Information Science, IGNOU, New Delhi  


    Personal Computer Hardware

    Personal Computer software

    Week 2:

    Ubuntu Operating System

    Introduction to Ubuntu Operating System

    Working with Ubuntu

    Week 3:

    Office Tools: Introduction to LibreOffice

    LibreOffice Basics


    LibreOffice Applications in Libraries

    Week 4:

    Writer (word processing application)

    LibreOffice Writer

    Week 5:

    Calc (spreadsheet application)

    Calc - Electronic Spreadsheets

    Week 6:

    Impress (presentation application)

    Impress: Basics of Presentations

    Week 7:

    Basics of Library Automation


    History and Development of Library Automation

    Prof. Partha Sarathi Mukhopadhyay Professor, Kalyani University, West Bengal

    Task Analysis of Housekeeping Operations

    Library Management Systems: an overview

    Week 8:

    Library Automation Packages

    Major Library Automation Packages

    Major Library Management Systems in India

    Application of ICT in Housekeeping Operations

    Introduction to Koha: Integrated

    Library Management System

    Week 9:

    Automated House- Keeping Operations

    Automated Housekeeping Operations: Acquisition

    Automated Operations: Processing

    Automated Operations: Circulation

    Automated Operations: Serials Control

    Automated Operations: Maintenance

    Evaluation, Trends and Future of Library Automation Software

    Week 10:

    Internet Basics

    Computer networks

    Prof. Uma Kanjilal Professor and Head, Faculty of Library and Information Science IGNOU, New Delhi 

    History of Internet

    How does the Internet work?

    Setting up Internet Connections

    Internet Security

    Week 11:

    Web Tools

    Web tools: an introduction

    Dr. Shantanu Ganguly Senior Fellow Knowledge Management TERI, New Delhi

    E-mail Services

    FTP and telnet


    Web Directories, Search Engines and Portals

    Web 2.0 and Web 3.0

    Week 12:

    Web based Services

    Web Based Library Services: Need and Purpose

    E- books and E-journals

    Virtual Reference Service

    Prof. Uma Kanjilal Professor and Head, Faculty of Library and Information Science IGNOU, New Delhi 


    Institutional Repositories

    Building Library Websites



    Professor Uma Kanjilal

    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    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.