P.G. Diploma in Digital Library & Information Management (ODL Programme) 2024-25 | Admissions, TISS


Tata Institute of Social Sciences

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Programme Details

P.G. Diploma in Digital Library & Information Management (ODL Programme) 2024-25

Location: Mumbai

Centre: Centre for Library and Information Management

Intake: 25



Medium of Instruction: English



Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLISc) or Masters of Library and Information Science (MLISc) from any recognized university.

  •  Preference will be given to candidates with relevant work experience



Center for Library and Information Management Studies, SDTM Library




Toal Intake :- 25 (Including GOI Reservation)


Issue of Notification for 2024-25

 15th July, 2024

Last date of submission of application form 

 26th August, 2024

Online Personal Interview

2nd and 3rd September, 2024

Declaration of Selection Result

16th September, 2024

Last Day for Fee Payment

To be Announced

Last date for completing admission procedure for selected candidates

To Be Announced

Commencement of program

14th November, 2024

Contact Classes (First Semester) Tentative

14th November, 2024 to 25th November, 2024

Contact Classes (Second Semester)

12th May to 25th May, 2025

Conclusion of Program

30th September, 2025



The ability of a nation to use and create knowledge as capital determines its capacity to empower and enable its citizens by increasing human capabilities. India today stands poised to reap the benefits of a rapidly growing economy in rural as well as urban areas. The challenge and the opportunity is to galvanize our national potential into a dynamic resource: An informed, enlightened and capable Indian citizenry would not only enhance and enrich the process of national development, but could be a positive force in the world. In the words of Dr.Manmohan Singh, Honourable Prime Minister of India, “The time has come to create a second wave of institution building, and of excellence, in the fields of education, research and capacity building so that we are better prepared for the 21st century”.

There is an urgent need for curriculum development in the area of Digital Libraries. Therefore it is wise to invest more now on the education and training of information professionals who fully understand the process by which Digital Libraries are developed and their users are supported. If the present investment on education continues, then there will be huge increase in number of Digital Libraries in future and very few digital librarians to ensure success in managing them. It is true that for LIS professionals, Digital Libraries represent an opportunity to apply these new technologies for providing library services to an increasingly diverse and distributed population of those needing access to digital information resources from rural, towns and metro cities.

It is hoped that this course will enable the students to learn key elements in Digital Library programmes and activities. Intention of the course is to acquaint the students in digitization projects in libraries at all levels like schools, colleges, universities and public libraries, archives, museums or any other similar organization. Within the stipulated time this course offers to learn basic concepts of Digital Library and the information management, legal framework, preservation of digital objects, information file formats, standards, protocols, inter operability, use of Digital Library, and many other related issues. Much emphasis is given in this course on integration of research, communication and education on a digital platform.




Main objectives of this programme are:


To build and maintain the reservoir of memory to conserve and communicate culture, heritage, science, art and folk tradition of the nation
To prepare students in the application of ICT for selection, organization and preservation of knowledge for use.
To bring out the competent human resource to promote access to the traditional and socially useful knowledge by the process of digitization
To involve in capacity building activities to create a development oriented, people friendly learning support system.


Career Opportunities:


More and more organizations in India are embarking on new concepts in handling information with the changing times. Information formats have changed rapidly from print on paper to digital formats. There is a need for qualified and trained Library and Information Management professionals to take lead and guide developments in helping the end users in the changing environment.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

The total credits for the diploma programme are as detailed below:


7 Theory Courses ( Contact Credits+ Distance Credits) = 28 Credits
Field Work : 8 Credits
Total Credits of the Programme: 36


The Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Library and Information Management has 8 courses (7 Theory and 1 Fieldwork). Details are as follows:


Semester Course Code Course Title

Total Credits


Sem I

DL - 01 Knowledge Society 4
DL - 02 Foundations of Digital Libraries 4
DL - 03 Collection Development in Digital Libraries 4
DL - 04 Information Management 4
Sem II

DL - 05 Digital Library Architecture 4
DL - 06 Information Access and Services 4
DL - 07 Digital Preservation and Archiving 4
DL - 08 Field Work 8
  Total Credits 36




The course programme has the provision for contact classes while the students are on the campus stay, discussion on Digital Library issues and involves students in a field work (Internship), a practical project which enable them to create a Digital Library. However, it is expected that the aspiring incumbents must have a basic understanding of Computer operation, Internet Services and elementary knowledge of IT application. More than anything this course involves a significant proportion of study time on the Moodle Online portal and participation in discussions and a group project.

Learning outcome of the programme:

It is expected that this programme enables students to gain thorough and technically focused background in Digital Libraries. Further it helps them to understand the critical issues of Digital Library, and facilitating them to serve as designers, decision makers and creators of Digital Libraries. In addition this course will help the students to gain advanced level knowledge of digital asset management, information collection modeling, design of human centered digitally mediated information services and information management.



Semesterwise Courses:

 The contact classes (15 days and 12 days ) are held twice at Mumbai campus of TISS during October/November and then again during May/June. Teaching –learning in the rest of the days will be carried out based on planned weekly readings and regular assignments, primarily through web-based medium like Moodle.




Understanding Society: Basic Concepts and Overview, Diversity of values, institutions and practices.
Knowledge Society: Evolution, Components, Dimensions and Indicators.
Information Institutions of different kinds; their objectives and functions; Library as a social and knowledge institution; National Knowledge Commission. Legislative framework for library development and information provision; Public Library legislation; Delivery of Books Act; Right to Information Act; National Information Policy
The Information profession; Professional Ethics, Professional Bodies and their
Activities, Normative principles of library and information science; The Five Laws of Library Science and their implications to knowledge society


Digital Libraries: Conceptual Framework; Definitions, Models and Theories
Open Access Initiative – India and Global, Its implications for empowering society
Digital Libraries: Role in Education and Research. Project Management, Best Practices
and Case Studies

Academic and Research Perspective: Challenges and Concerns for Digital Library



Digital Resources: Nature, Types and Characteristics; e-Journals, e-Books,
Multimedia Resources and Online Resources;

Building Digital Library Resources – Born Digital and Digitized
Selection and Acquisition of materials for Digitization

Digital Collection Management and Evaluation – Issues and Strategies
Economic Issues: Costing and Funding

Knowledge Organisation; Metadata: Role of Metadata in Digital
Resource Management; Harvesting,

Standards –MARC XML, Dublin Core (DC), METS U/SRW etc.,
Ontologies and Thesauri – Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), Web
Ontology language (OWL)

Harvesters and Federated Search Engines




Architecture Overviews, Principles and Types: Distributed, Federated, Service
Oriented and Component based Architectures.

Digital Library Components: Identifiers – Handles – Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Persistent Uniform Resource Locator (PURL) Interoperability, Security.

Digital Library Software: Open Source – EPrints, DSpace, Fedora, GSDL and

User Interfaces – Multilingual, Personalization and Visualization



Information Access - Data Models, Text and Multimedia – Object retrieval, Querying; E-Governance: Architecture, Language Technologies
Information Discovery – Open Archives Initiatives (OAI Model), Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (PMH), Open URL, Subject Portals/ Gateways/Virtual Libraries, Web 2.0
Users and Use of Digital Library - Usability Assessment, Information Literacy; Online Information Services: Search and Retrieval Strategies
Legal Issues – Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Copyright, Licenses – GNU, Creative Commons, Network, Information and Data Security;

Digitization Process: File Formats, Images, Multimedia Formats, Open Standards
and Content Migration

Approaches to Digital Preservation: Policy, Strategy, Tools, Evaluation and Cost

Preservation Metadata Maintenance Activity (PREMIS) and Preservation Projects
Archiving: Concepts, Methods and Procedures



The field work will consist of supervised placements of students in a variety of settings related to Digital Library environment. It enables the student to integrate and reinforce the knowledge acquired in the classroom with actual practice, under the guidance of a competent supervisor. It is an exercise for the students demonstrates insight into theoretical and practical aspects of the subjects by way of preparing a report. The students need to write a detailed report covering the course content and practical internship under a supervision of a teacher or a librarian. The field work report should be written as an individual work. Students will be placed in major libraries for one month to undertake and participate in the creation, administration of digital library activities. They will be trained in problem solving activities. The students will get an opportunity to work with libraries of different size, focus and services.

Method of Assessment: Supervised placement of a student in variety of libraries. A continuous performance assessment of student fieldwork will take place through student recordings of his project and its review by the supervisor. There will be a final evaluation of the field work report submitted by the student guided by prescribed assessment tools.

Fee Structure:



Components Semester
    I II
FEE Tuition Fee 10,000 10,000
Examination Fees 1,000 1,000
CHARGES IT Charges 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.)* 2,500 0
FUNDS Development Fund 2,500 2,500
Alumni Fund* 500 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposit
(Refundable at the time of exit through NDC process
5,000 5,000
  Semester wise Programme Fee 25000 22000
  TOTAL FEES 47,000