- The University of Kelaniya is a state university of Sri Lanka. Situated just outside the municipal limits of Colombo, in the ancient and historic city of Kelaniya, the University has two major campuses, seven locations, six faculties and four institutions.
- An external degree is a degree offered by a university to students who have not been required to be physically present within the geographic territory of the institution.
Information Literacy skills Development Initiatives at University of Kelaniya – L.A. Jayatissa
Information literacy skills enable any individual to be a good learner. It cultivates good practices and habits required for life-long learning process. The university library professionals have to play the role of teacher in this area, in addition to their normal professional and managerial roles. However, this new dimension thrusts us into a hitherto mostly unexplored region of extreme challenges.
Preparation of course syllabi to suit local requirements and conditions, getting time slots out of the already packed academic time tables, availability of lecture rooms and other infrastructure, availability of sufficient number of resources persons with requisite background, gaining acceptance from the wider body of academia, designing of testing methods are prominent issues or challenges lying ahead on this direction.
At Kelaniya, we have addressed this issue in a small way, as a pilot project and now getting the feedback. Apart from the issues related to the use of ICT in libraries, this is a new frontier to explore and win. It is necessary to address this issue seriously for the continued development or survival of future library service.
SLUG 2007 – University of Kelaniya