Information Studies Unit (ISU)
The Information Studies Unit (ISU) operates under the Faculty of Humanities and Social
Sciences (HSS) of the Open University (OUSL). It is located in the Main Library of the
The Information Studies Unit engages in preparation of lesson materials while coordinating the
programme. The ISU will perform further the following functions under the instructions and
guidance of the Faculty of HSS.
It is a great privilege to welcome the first batch of students of the BA (Hons) in Library and Information Studies (BA LIS) programme offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). I salute you for the choice you made as this is Sri Lanka’s first ever programme in this professional field through Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The process of building a dynamic professional community by successfully pursuing the goal of Continuing Professional Development depends on the access to information and knowledge. Citizens of Twenty-first Century are truly global and the same could be said about the challenges faced by them. Required solutions are also heavily linked to progress made in the international arena. In this context, study of new innovations is vital not only for higher studies and research but also for basic day today functions of citizens both locally as well as internationally. Therefore, the investment made by learners would bring tangible returns once s/he completes the BA (Hons) in Library and Information Studies offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka. This undergraduate degree programme is the brainchild of the staff of the OUSL library led by Dr. Wathmanel Seneviratna, the Librarian of OUSL and other local and foreign experts in the field. The Department of Social Studies and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provide the administrative leadership required to successfully deliver the BA (Hons) in LIS programme. I wish you the best for your success in lifelong learning with OUSL.