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NTA (UGC) NET Library and Information Science Syllabus 2012

Code No. 59

Subject: Library and Information Science


  • There will be two question papers. NTA (UGC) NET Library Information Science Paper II and NTA (UGC) NET Library Information Science Paper III.
  • Paper II will consist of 50 questions worth 2 mark each.
  • Paper III will consist of 75 questions worth 2 mark each.

NTA (UGC) NET Library Information Science Paper II and Paper III


  • Information: Information Science, Information Society.
  • Information as a Resource/Commodity.
  • Information Transfer Cycle: Generation, Collection, Storage and Dissemination.
  • Role of information in Planning, Management. Socio-economic Development.
  • Technology transfer Communication: Channels, barriers.
  • Intellectual Property Rights: Concept, Copyright, Censorship-Print and Non-print Media.
  • Library and Information Policy at the National Level.


  • Laws of Library Science.
  • Library Resource Sharing and Networking.
  • Library Movement and Library Legislation in India.
  • Library Extension Services.
  • Library and Information Science Education in India.
  • Library and Information Profession.
  • Library Associations in India, UK and USA: ILA, IASLIC, IATLIS. SIS, LA, ASLIB, SLA and ALA.
  • Library Associations Organisations at International level: FID, IFIA and UNESCO.


  • Sources of Information: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary-Documentary and Non-documentary.
  • Reference Sources: Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, Geographical Sources, Biographical Sources, Year-books/Almanacs, Directories, and Handbooks, Statistical (salient features and evaluation) .
  • Bibliographical Sources: Bibliographies, Union Catalogues, Indexing and Abstracting Journals (salient features and evaluation) E-documents, E-books. E-Journals.
  • Databases: Bibliographic, Numeric/and Full text-Evaluation.


  • Reference and Information services, Referral Service.
  • Bibliographic Service, Indexing and Abstracting Service, CAS, SDI, Digest Service, Trend Report.
  • Online Services
  • Translation Services
  • Reprographic Services


  • Organisation of knowledge/information.
  • Modes of formation of subjects.
  • Library Classification: Canons and Principles.
  • Library Classification Schemes: DDC. UDG and CG.
  • Library Cataloguing: Canons and Principles.
  • Library Cataloguing Codes: CCC and AACR-II.
  • Bibliographic Records: International standards-ISBDs. MARC and CCF.
  • Indexing: Pre-coordlnate, Post-coordinate.
  • Vocabulary Control: Thesaurus. Lists of Subject Headings.
  • Databases: Search Strategies, Boolean Operators.
  • Knowledge Management


  • Management: Principles, Functions, Schools of Thought Plaiining, Organisation Structure Decision making.
  • System Study: Analysis, Evaluation and Design.
  • Collection Development: Books, Serials, Non-book Materials-Selection, Acquisition, Maintenance; ISBN, ISSN. Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) .
  • Human Resources Management: Manpower Planning. Job analysis. Job description. Selection. Recruitment, Motivation Training and Development, Staff Manual.
  • Leadership and Performance.
  • Evaluation Delegation of authority.
  • Financial Management: Resource Generation, Types of Budgeting, Cost and Cost-Benefit analysis.
  • Library Buildings and Equipments.
  • Performance Evaluation of Libraries/Information Centres and Services. Marketing Information product and services Total Quality Management (TQM) .


  • Information Technology: Components; Impact of IT on Society.
  • Computers: Hardware, Software, Storage-Devices, Input/Output Devices.
  • Telecommunication: Transmission media, Switching systems, Bandwidth, Multiplexing, Modulation, Protocols, Wireless Communication Fax, E-Mail, Tele-conferencing/Video-conferencing, Bulletin Board Service, Teletext. Videotex, Voice Mail.
  • Networking: Concepts, Topologies, Types-LAN, MAN and WAN Hypertext, Hypermedia, Multimedia.
  • Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) , Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) .


  • Library Automation: Areas of automation. Planning, Hardware and Software Selection, OPAC.
  • Internet: Components, Services, Browsing-Web Browsers, Search Engines Meta-Data, Digital Object Identifier (DOI) .
  • National and International Information Systems: NISSAT, NASSDOC, INSDOC. DESIDOC, INIS. AGRIS. MEDLARS. INSPEC.


  • Types of Research: Basic, Applied, Interdisciplinary, Research Design, Scientific Method, Hypotheses, Data Collection, Sampling.
  • Methods of Research: Historical. Descriptive, Case Study, Survey, Comparative and Experimental.
  • Statistical Methods, Data Analysis.
  • Report Writing
  • Research Methods in library and Information Science and Services. Bibliometrics


  • Types of Libraries: National, Public, Academic and Special Objectives, Structure and Functions.
  • Digital Libraries: Concept
  • Virtual Libraries: Concept
  • Types of users, User studies. User education.
  • Role of UGC in the growth and development of libraries and information centres in institutions of higher education in India.
  • Role of Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (RRLF) .

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