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 OUSL.

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.


Our Services

a)  Prepare study materials.

b)  Organize, co-ordinate and conduct Day -Schools.

c)  Counsel students in their academic matters.

d)  Prepare and mark assignment question papers.

e)  Equip student with skills to prepare a “Project Report” at level 6 by providing.

i.  Guidelines at Day Schools and
ii. Continuous supervision

f)  Evaluate Project Reports submitted by the students.

g)  Conduct Final Examination at the end of each academic year.

h)  Supervise and invigilate Final Examinations.

i)  Submit Continuous Assessment marks and Final Examination marks to Senior Assistant Registrar.

Currently Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Degree of BA Hons LIS for the three year LIS Diploma holders. And soon Diploma levels of Library and Information Studies courses will commence as part of the Library Science courses.

Welcome message of the Dean – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Anton Piyarathne
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


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.

Welcome Message of the Course Coordinator

Mrs. H.P.S.D Gunasekara
Senior Assistant Librarian – The Library of Open University.

ISU Unit was established in 2017 under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The main purpose of the establishing ISU is to conduct the BALIS degree program, which was started in 2019. Current Course Coordinator is Senior Assistant Librarian (Grade 1) Mrs. H.P.S.D Gunasekara.

ISU Staff

Ms. Hashini Kahapalaarachchi,
Academic Coordinator
Ms. Harshani Abeyrathne,
Project Assistant
Mr. Uthpala Amarasena
Library Information Assistant

Internal Academics


Mrs. Damayanthi Gunasekara

Coordinator, ISU


Dr. (Mrs) Anoma Weerakoon
Senior Assistant Librarian -KRC


Mrs. Piumali Karunarathne Abeysinghe
Senior Assistant Librarian- KuRC


Mrs. P.K.M Kaushamalika
Senior Assistant Librarian -MRC


Mrs. Irosha Marasinghe,
Senior Assistant Librarian - ML


Mrs. Geethani Jeewanthi
Lecturer, Department of Legal Studies- OUSL


Mr. W. Danushka Manoj
Senior Lecturer, Department of Legal Studies- OUSL


Mr. V. Thirukkumar
Assistant Network Manager - ML

Visiting Academics


Dr. (Mrs.) Wathmanel Senevirathne

Librarian, Kotalawala Defence University


Dr. (Mrs.) K.R.N Harshani
Lecture, Department of LIS - University of Kelaniya


Dr. C. Jayasundara
Librarian,  University of Kelaniya


Dr. U.P Cabral

Director,  National Library of Sri Lanka


Mr. T. Ramanan

Senior Assistant Librarian, University of Colombo


Mr. M.N. Ravikumar

Senior Assistant Librarian, Eastern University


Mrs. U.D Hiruni Kanchana,

Assistant Librarian, Sir John Kotalawala Defence University


Mrs. Manori Samarakoon,

Senior Assistant Librarian, Buddhist and Pali University


Mr. B.G.N Kumarasinghe

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