The creation of a multimedia orientation to the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi: a systems analysis.

Author:Madhusudhan, M.


The growth of information and communication technology has brought sweeping change. The emergence of an information society has put forth new challenges and responsibilities for students who want to join university courses. As a hub of information communication, the university will benefit from adopting new technology. It is expedient for the library and information science students to know the latest developments in their respective areas. Student orientation programs play a vital role in communication between the department and its students. Multimedia orientation programmes can instruct new and visiting students and external visitors about the department in an efficient and attractive way. This article is an outcome of the study made for designing the multimedia orientation of the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi (DLIS).

Multimedia orientation programmes can be effective tools in overcoming geographical and language barriers. A proverb attributed to Confucius says, "Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand." We remember little of what we hear and little more of what we see. We remember more when we hear, see, and participate. Because of this, multimedia can be a powerful tool for teaching, learning, and information retrieval. Another proverb says that a picture is worth thousand words. Information that is presented using audio, video, and text is effective and interesting for viewers and conveys its message more effectively.

University of Delhi DLIS

The DLIS was instituted in 1946 and is part of the university's Faculty of Arts. The late Dr S.R. Ranganathan and the late Professor S. Das Gupta, both renowned librarians and teachers, took the initiative to establish this department. The department has been recognized as an Associated Project of UNESCO. For some time, it was the only department in the country that provided graduate degrees in library science, by offering, in addition to the BLISc degree, the MLISc, MPhil, and PhD. The department has played a significant role in library science education in the country as whole. Some 3,000 students have taken their degrees in library science from this department, of whom about 2,000 students obtained Postgraduate Diplomas/Bachelor's degrees; 922 took Master's; 78 and 44 took MPhil and PhD degrees, respectively. In 1949 it was the first in the whole of Europe and Asia to create a MLISc programme. The...

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