BLII- 014: ICT in Libraries

By Professor Uma Kanjilal   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 2612
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. 

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Library and Information Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Diploma
Start Date : 15 Jul 2020
End Date : 15 May 2021
Enrollment Ends : 10 Jan 2021
Exam Date :

Page Visits

Course layout


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. V. V. Subrahmanyam Director, School of Computer and Information Sciences 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

Instructor bio

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.

MHRD logo Swayam logo


Goto google play store