Library & Information Science Course at Senior Secondary level will fulfil the requirement of developing necessary skills, in learners to identify, locate, evaluate and use the required information efficiently. One of the important aspects of the curriculum is to improve the education system for Library and Information Science at school level which may be equivalent to Certificate or Diploma in Library and Information Science.

Part B: Vocational Skills (60 Marks)

Chapter-1: Library, Information and Society - Role and its implications

Objective: The objective is to familiarize the students with the libraries, their types and their role in society. This chapter is subdivided into the following units:

Units 1: Library, Information and Society: Concepts

  • Definition, Objectives, Purpose and Role of Library in the development of modern Society
  • Concept of Trinity: Documents, Staff and users and their inter relationships.

Units 2A: Types of Libraries and their role:

  • National Library
  • Academic Libraries
  • Special Libraries
  • Public Libraries

Units 2B: Changing formats of libraries: Digital, Virtual and Hybrid

Unit 3: Five Laws of Library Science and their implications

Chapter-2: Organization of Library Resources: Basics

Objective: The objective is to provide the basic concept of Library Classification and Library Cataloguing. This chapter is subdivided into the following units:

Unit 1: Library Classification (Theory)

  • Need, Purpose and Types
  • Concept of Main Classes
  • APUPA Pattern for arrangement of documents
  • Salient features of major schemes of Library Classification:
  • Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) - Latest Edition
  • Colon Classification (CC) - Latest Edition

Unit 2: Library Cataloguing (Theory)

  • Need, Purpose and Importance
  • Items of information required for cataloguing in a document. (Book and Non Book material)
  • Salient features of Cataloguing Codes:
    • Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (latest edition)
    • Classified Catalogue Code (latest edition)
  • Forms of Library Catalogue
    • Physical Forms of Catalogue
    • Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

Chapter-3: Reference and Information Sources

Objective: The objective is to provide an understanding of various Reference and Information Sources and the process to find out information from them. This chapter is divided into the following units:

Unit 1: Reference and Information Sources

  • Definition, Need
  • Types: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary

Unit 2: Categories of Reference and Information Sources: Description and Scope

  • Encyclopedias
  • Language Dictionaries
  • Biographical Sources
  • Atlases
  • Year Books
  • Directories
  • Bibliographical tools

Chapter-4: Computer Applications in Libraries: Basics

Objective: The objective is to provide the concept / knowledge of computers and its applications in the field of Library and Information Service. The chapter is divided into following units:

Unit 1: Computer Hardware for a Library: Concepts

  • Desktop Computers, Server and their specifications
  • Printers and their types
  • Scanners
  • Barcode technology
  • RFID technology
  • Modem, Wi-fi Modem
  • Switches
  • Router

Unit 2: Library Automation: Concepts and Applications

  • Definition
  • Need, Purpose and Importance

Unit 3: Use of Web Based Communication systems

  • Internet, Intranet, Search engines, E-mail, Database