BLII- 014: ICT in Libraries

By Professor Uma Kanjilal   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 382
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 : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Library and Information Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Diploma
Start Date : 01 Feb 2022
End Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout




Unit 1: Computer Basics


Unit 2: Office Tools

  • Introduction to Ubuntu Operating System


Unit 3: Housekeeping Operations

  • Library Automation: An Introduction

  • Evolution of Library Automation

  • Task Analysis of Work Flow Procedural Model of Library Automation


Unit 4: Library Automation Packages

  • ILS: Open Sources and Open Standards

  • ILS in India: Categorisation and Evaluation


Unit 5: Internet Basics 

  • Computer Networks 

  • History of Internet

  • How Does Internet Work?

  • Setting up Internet Connections 

  • Internet Security


Unit 6: Web Tools

  • Wen Tools: An Introduction

  • FTP and Telnet

  • E-mail Services


Unit 7: Web Based Services 

  • Web Based Library Services 

  • E-Books and E-Journals 

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.

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