Master in Library and Information Science (MLS) is a two year degree with one year research component. It is placed at Level 10 of the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework (SLQL).

Entry qualifications 

a) Educational or/and professional qualifications
i. A First or Second Class Honors in a Special/General Degree awarded by a recognized University OR
ii. A bachelor’s degree of a recognized University along with a Post-Graduate Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in any field of study OR
iii. A bachelor’s degree of a recognized university along with the Associateship of the Sri Lanka Library Association or any other equivalent professional qualification in Library & Information Science;
b) Experience
A minimum of one year work experience in a recognized Library, information Center, or Documentation Center, after obtaining the educational qualification specified in the preceding paragraph.

Course Outline:

Foundation of Library & Information Science and Information Society
1.0 Foundation of Library and Information Sciences
2.0 History & evolution of Library & Information Science (3)
3.0 Conceptual & theoretical basis of LIS (3)
4.0 Philosophy of Library and Information Science, theories, Laws and principles of Librarianship relating to types of libraries.
5.0 Librarianship in modern age / Information Science, LIS profession and professionalism, Professional ethics & Code of conduct (6)
6.0 Information society and its context with LIS role of information in the
society and its Characteristics, information landscape; Access platforms,
e-governance portal as a mechanism of providing access to information;
Addressing information gap; Digital divide; information poverty. (6)
7.0 Legal aspects to AI – Freedom of information (FOI) and Right to
information (RTI) and informed citizenship.
8.0 Digital and Web based Developments (3)

Collection Management
1. Overview of collection development
2. Collection development policy (3)
3. Collection development methods, collaborative acquisition, consortia access
and other methods.
4. Acquisition policy, Building Acquisition formula, Acquisition methods;
Acquisition models; Acquisition tools. (6)
5. Ordering process (3)
6. Material processing and stock control:
7. Physical processing of library resources; Material processing, Shelving and
preparing of shelf-lists; Stock control and disposal of library materials (6)
8. Preservation &; conservation of library materials:
-Principles of book preservation;
-Basic preservation methods suitable in tropical climate (6)
9. Information audit (3)

Organization of Knowledge & Bibliographic Control
UNIT 1.0 – Organization of Knowledge
1. Organization of knowledge: (3)
2. Conceptual approach to Cataloguing and Classification (6)
3. Knowledge structures, authority control and ontologies (3)
4. Advanced Cataloguing (9)
5. Advanced Classification (9)
6. Special classification systems in Sri Lanka (3)
7. Indexing, Creation of Metadata etc. (6)
8. Bibliometrics and Scientometrics and Citation analysis (3)
UNIT 2.0 – Bibliographic Control
1. Introduction to Bibliographic control. (3)
2. Introduction to Documentation theory. (3)
3. Theoretical approaches- Loosjes, Ranganathan, Lund, Buckland etc. (3)
4. Documentation processes and tools (3)
5. Documentation centers- national, regional & International (3)
6. Special work of a Documentation Officer (bibliographer, indexer etc.) (6)
7. Compilation of documentation products

Management Principles, Information Marketing and Entrepreneurship
UNIT 1.0 – Management Principles, Information Marketing
1. Management theories (6)
2. Human Resource Management-Job description and Performance
3. Total Quality Management – institutional audits, performance evaluation,
Performance indicators etc.(6)
4. Office/Records management skills:Interpersonal skills, Public relations etc. (3)
5. Financial Management (3)
6. Communication skills: Inter-Personal skills, Public relations etc.. (6)
7. Information marketing (IM), Strategies and Library image building through
IM strategies. (9)
8. Advocacy for librarians
9. Financial Regulations and Establishment Code (E-Code ) (3)
UNIT 2.0 – Information Policy and Entrepreneurship
1. Information Policy (IP). (3)
2. Definitions and description of IP;
Significance of Information policy(IP);
Determinations of IP; Formulating IP;
Impact assessment of IP; Issues relating to implementing IP. Legal FW (6)
3. Information Cycle. (3)
4. Information Industry – professions relating to Information (3)
5. Information broking & Entrepreneurship (3)
6. Information business ethics (3)
7. Making a Business plan (3)

Research Methodology
1.0 Basic research methods in Social Science (6)
2.0 Conducting research in Library & Information Science
3.0 Introduction research approaches and philosophy and methodological frameworks (9)
4.0 Scientific method
5.0 Reading literature for research (6)
6.0 Designing research, Research process and conducting academic research (6)
7.0 Analysis of data and presenting findings (9)
8.0 Writing a research proposal (3)
9.0 Guidelines for conducting a research project (3)

Library Information Systems Management
1.0 Introduction to emerging library technologies. (3)
2.0 System analysis. (3)
3.0 Impact of modern technologies over the functional efficiencies and end user behavior. (3)
4.0 Information Systems and modern trends (3)
5.0 Human computer interface (HCI) design and evaluation
6.0 Information system (IS) theories and models and their applications (6)
7.0 Application of IS in libraries: Digital Library (6)
8.0 Application of IS in libraries: Library Automation (6)
9.0 Basic technological design skills: Computer programming .(6)
10.0 Basic technological design skills: Internet (6)

Library Project Management
1. Describe the features of a project (3)
2. Managing a project– management models (3)
3. Determining the appropriateness of the project (3)
4. Project planning process (3)
5. Requirements for scoping, scheduling and costing a project (3)
6. Internal and external project stakeholders (3)
7. Developing an effective project team (3)
8. Project communication and task delegation (3)
9. Project risks (3)
10. Project evaluation (3)

User needs, Behavior and user education
1. Evolution of Information literacy concept (IL) (3)
2. Theoretical approaches to IL and User Education(UE)models (3)
3. Modern information skills frames (21 st C IL of ACRL etc.) leading to effective
UE (3)
4. Empowering 8 Information Literacy Model of SL and its applications (3)
5. Information needs of user categories (3)
6. Information need surveys (3)
7. Information Seeking in modern context (3)
8. Curriculum design of UE & IL – addressing special needs of users (6)
9. Designing User Education Programmes
10. Teaching strategies of different UE programmes including IL (3)

Advanced Research Methodology
1.0 Research philosophies and advance approaches (6)
2.0 Review of literature and avoiding Plagiarism (6)
3.0 Designing research: – Extracting concepts and building research constructs; Identifying variables and hypotheses; Theoretical and Conceptual framework. (6)
4.0 Guidelines for conducting a research – managing resources, time, funding etc. (3)
5.0 Analysis of data – advance statistical methods, using software available (9)
6.0 Research ethics and social responsibility(3)
7.0 Writing grant proposals (3)
8.0 Academic writing (6)

Seminar on new trends in LIS
1.0 Guided learning session on new developments and trends (3)

2.0 Research Dialogue on contemporary issues(3)
3.0 Writing a competitive research proposal (3)
4.0 Students presenting issues and involved with active discussion relating to LIS
field and related fields through Social Media(6)

1. Proposal preparation / Defense
2. Literature review
3. LR -Progress Review 1
4. Writing the Methodology and research design
5. Progress Review 2
6. Writing the Dissertation
7. Dissertation Defense (viva voice)