The Department of Library and Information Studies existed on a part-time basis from June 1971 to 1997, known at that time as Library Science. U Thaw Kaung, Chief Librarian of the Universities’ Central Library, served as Head of the part-time department for more than two and a half decades. In 1997, it was re-structured as the 19th department of the University under the new name “Library and Information Studies”.
It was headed by Professor U Thein Lwin from 1997 to 2007. U Thein Shwe became Head of the Department from 2007 to 2011. From 2012 to June, 2014, Daw Htay Htay Win (Lecturer) acted as the Head of the Department. Currently, Professor Dr. Ni Win Zaw is Head of the Department. There are now 18 faculty members in the department.
Beginning in 1971, the department offered a two-year part-time Post-graduate Diploma in Library and Science programme. This was the first diploma programme in Library Science in Myanmar. In 1997, it became a one and a half year course. From 1971 to 2017 the Department produced over 782 post-graduate diploma holders who are now serving in various local and international libraries. The PhD programme started in 2008. It is the only department offering a PhD degree in Library and Information Studies in the three main universities.
Nowadays, the department offers under-graduate, post-graduate diploma, master, master of research and PhD programmes. The department has produced 15 PhD degree holders.
- Name Authority
- Subject Headings in Myanmar Terms
- Ancient Myanmar Libraries
- Online Library Development
- Authors’ Lives and Their Works
- Information Sources Published in Myanmar
- Academic Library
- Library Digitization
- Developing Databases
The Department has carried out other activities related to library studies. It has coordinated with various departments and the Myanmar Library Association (MLA), conducting frequent short-term training of basic library educational programmes on request since 1992. It also actively participates in the University’s social, cultural, religious and educational activities such as cultural shows, book-shows, sports events and festive ceremonies.
To impart and train the students both theoretically and practically on the latest developments in the profession
✥ To nurture, develop and support faculty members in achieving high standard professional development
✥ To give quality and skill based Library and Information Studies Education for promoting Leadership Quality
✥ To engage in research and creative activities that generates new knowledge and application for effective practice
✥ To co-operate with other disciplines and other institutions locally, regionally and internationally
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