Department of Library & Information Systems


The Department of Library & Information System offer

  • Higher Education Certificate in Library and Information Systems
  • Higher Education Diploma in Library and Information Systems

These two programmes are offered by the Department of Library in collaboration with the School of Humanities at the Faculty of Education & Humanities. The programmes contain a breadth of topics across the discipline of Library & Information Systems, reviewing the wide area of the discipline with an emphasis on national and regional requirements. In these programmes, Library Science is at the center of focus. Simultaneously, many units will focus on the relating understanding of the information system as well.

Aims & Objectives

The prime goal of the programme is to equip learners’ cognitive ability with the needed academic and professional knowledge, technical and management skills, confidence and motivation that will enable them to successfully pursue careers in the administration and management of libraries and information centers. It also provides more learning opportunities at the higher educational level.

Entry Requirements

No person shall be considered for admission to the course leading to the Certificate and Diploma unless he/she has satisfied the following qualifications.

The minimum entry requirement for admission to Higher Education Certificate – Level 3

  • Satisfactory completion of Form 5 with passes in Maths and English.
  • Satisfactory completion of Form 3 with at least five years of relevant work experience.
  • Successful completion of a recognized programme of study

The minimum entry requirement for admission to Higher EducationΒ Diploma – Level 4

  • Satisfactory completion of Form 6.
  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Library & Information Systems.
  • Satisfactory completion of Form V with at least three years of relevant work experience.


Participants have to undergo the Internship, which could also be referred to as Directed Industrial Attachment, on an area/issue/problem of library and information services of his/her choice under the guidance of a teacher who will be appointed by the department is compulsory for all students enrolled in the Higher Education Certificate and Higher Education Diploma programmes.

Programmes Offered

Programs offered by the Department of Library & Information Systems are as follows:

Head of Department

Dr. Don Karunanayake (Associate Professor/ Director of Libraries)

Dip, (Russia), BA, (Sri Lanka) MA, (Sri Lanka) MLS, (Sri Lanka) PhD, (Japan)

Dr. Don Karunanayake is the Head of the Department of Library & Information System at the School of Humanities of the Faculty of Education & Humanities at Solomon Islands National University (SINU).

Before joining SINU, he worked in different universities in Fiji and Sri Lanka as a Lecturer in Library & Information Sciences. He coordinated Certificate, Diploma and Bachelors programme in Library & Information Systems at the Fiji National University. Also, he coordinated the MPhil/Ph.D. programme in Library & Information Science at the University of Colombo - Sri Lanka. He worked as a researcher at the University of Tsukuba - Japan from 2005-2010. He is a member of the reviewing panel of Asia Pacific Library and Information, Education and Practice-Manila- PhilippinesΒ  and β€œIAFOR Journal of Literature and Librarianship - Japan.

He holds a Ph.D. in Library & Information Science from the University of Tsukuba - Japan, Double Master degrees from the University of Colombo and the University of Kelaniya - Sri Lanka. Diploma at the University of Pushkin - Moscow - Russia.

He published several peer-reviewed journal articles and textbooks in the areas of Library & Information Sciences.