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Introduction and rationale

Diploma in School Librarianship is a specialist course offered only by NILIS. It has been placed in Level 3 of the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQF). In parallel, it is considered to be equal to Level 5 of the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ).

Information literacy is essential for a child to develop him/herself as a lifelong learner and to be employable. It determines the role a person will play in the globalized information age. Therefore, school libraries must adequately support the education process with resources for student-centered and resource-based learning.

This study program in school librarianship was introduced to prepare library technical staff capable of supporting in this endeavor. Those who complete the Diploma can move forward by registering into the Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management (HDLIM) and reach SLQF 4 (NVQ 6).

Minimum entry requirements: G.C.E. A/L or completion of the Advanced Certificate in School Librarianship (ACSL).

Course duration: 01 year (02 semesters)

Course fee: Rs.27,000 (payable in 02 installments)

Course medium:

  • Sinhala medium – University of Colombo
  • Tamil Medium – Kandy Center

DSL Course Outline

DSL 1. School Library Learning Resource Centers
DSL 2. Information Literacy
DSL 3. Web literacy
DSL 4. School library collection development
DSL 5. Projects
DSL 6. Children’s’ and Young Adults Literature
DSL 7. Teaching Reading

Delivery of lessons:

Courses are held on Saturdays. Some classes will be held online. Students must complete continuous assessments for each module. Attendance of over 80% is required to sit for semester-end exams.

Course Coordinator: Mr. P.G. Pemadasa

Application process

Please send the completed application by post to NILIS, University of Colombo on or before 18th 30th of September 2020 by registered post. Please attach the bank slip of application processing charges (Rs.250) along with the application. The account details have been given in the application.

Download the application: Sinhala | Tamil | English