Programme Details of Master in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS)

Programme NameMaster in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS)

Introduction: MLIS programme intends to provide an opportunity to enhance the knowledge and skills as well as qualifications in the field of Library and Information Sciences, being offered from Spring 2001 on the demand of AIOU graduates and other para/semi-professionals. There are many LIS graduates of AIOU who are working in various libraries of the country and innumerable graduates of other universities having little opportunities to have master degree in the subject as regular student and they desire to have it without leaving their homes and the place of work. There may be hundreds of graduates who are eager to improve their qualification by joining LIS profession. MLIS programme has, therefore, been launched to provide them the facility to improve their professional qualification through the distance learning system.

Admission Requirement:  The MLIS admission is offered once a year in spring (February) semester. An applicant having bachelorís degree with any subject(s) in second division (at least 45% marks) from any HEC recognized university is eligible to get admission. There is no age limit. There is no merit. Interested candidates should deposit the prescribed fee and complete admission form alongwith all required documents (attested copies of detailed mark sheets, certificates, degrees of matriculation, intermediate, graduation and NIC and/or domicile, photos, etc) in any designated bank as listed in the prospectus.

Selection Process:  All the eligible candidates across Pakistan will be given admission provided they have fulfilled the required formalities. But, the tutorial classes and workshops will only be held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Sargodha and Multan, provided that sufficient number of students is available in that particular region to form a group. On the basis of availability of sufficient number of students, groups will be formed in respective AIOU aforesaid regions in Pakistan according to the addresses of the students mentioned on admission form. However, the student may write the name of region of his/her choice from among the aforesaid regions for tutorial classes and workshops on the top of first page of admission form. In case of low enrollment in any aforesaid region, the students will be allotted any other nearby region from among the aforesaid regions.

Duration: The duration of MLIS degree is of four semesters, i.e. two years.

Medium of Instruction: Most of the course material is in English. However a student may opt Urdu for assignments and examination.

Teaching Methodology: Distance learning system with tutorial and workshop support.

AIOU Credits Required: 60 credit hours

Course Required: A student shall have to complete 20 courses (17 courses in case of Thesis) comprising 60 credit hours. Sixteen compulsory courses are offered in the first three semesters, whereas four courses or Thesis to be elected in the 4th semester. Every course is of three credit hours except Thesis which is of 12 credit hours. The semester-wise detail of these courses is as under:
1st Semester
5500-Foundation of Librarianship
5501-Introduction to Library & Information Science
5502-Information Sources and Services
5503-Classification: Theory and Practice
5504-Cataloguing: Theory and Practice
2nd Semester
5505-Collection Development
5641-Management of libraries & Information Centres-I
5642-Management of libraries & Information Centres-II
5643-Library Automation/Information Storage & Retrieval-I
5644-Library Automation/Information Storage & Retrieval-II
3rd Semester
5645-Resource Sharing and Networking-I
5646-Resource Sharing and Networking-II
5647-Advanced Technical Operations-I
5648-Advanced Technical Operations-II
5649-Research Methods & Techniques for Librarians-I
5650-Research Methods & Techniques for Librarians-II
4th Semester
5651-Public Records, Rare Material & their Conservation-I
5652-Public Records, Rare Material & their Conservation-II
5653-Management of Serials Publications-I
5654-Management of Serials Publications-II.
(Or in lieu of 5651, 5652, 5653 and 5654)


Collaborations: N/A

Workshop: 10-12 days workshop at the end of every semester is held in the aforesaid cities only.

Thesis: The thesis will be on a topic approved by the Department. It is to be carried out by the student under the supervision of research supervisor. Thesis will preferably deal with a problem in Pakistani context. Compilations of bibliographies, histories of individuals or organizations, narration of event of descriptive accounts may not be accepted as research topic. The student has to complete the thesis within a stipulated period according to prescribed rules. The students are advised to contact the LIS Department for detailed guidance in this regard.

Practical: Practicals are included in the course work.

Viva:i). The student will have to present the internship certificate & report and pass result of four semesters for Viva Voce within a week after the final result to the Head, Department of Library and Information Sciences, AIOU, Islamabad.
ii) The Department will arrange the viva voce.
iii) Qualifying the Viva Voce would be a compulsory condition for grant of MLIS degree.
iv) Maximum three chances will be given to a student to pass the Viva Voce. If a student fails in the third chance, he/she would be issued only a transcript of courses passed by him/her and MLIS degree will not be awarded.
v). The students are advised to contact the LIS Department prior to this process for complete guidance in this regard.