The Department of Library and Information Science, Gujarat University initially started with the name of Library Science School in June, 1964 under the leadership of the then Librarian Dr. P. F. Patel. This is the second school in the largest university of state, with Diploma course. Based on the recommendations of the UGC Review Committee on Library Science Education in Indian University (1965), it was subsequently upgraded in to a Bachelor degree course of one year duration in June 1965 with same curriculum. In June 1984 the status of the school was changed to Department of Library Science. To reflect continuing change in the subject and emergence of Information Technology in society; the nomenclature of the course and the name of the department was changed to Department of Library and Information Science and the degree to Bachelor of Library and Information Science (B.L.I.Sc.) as well. In 1986 Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.Sc.) was started to provide higher education in this field.
These degrees are offered under Arts faculty of Gujarat University system. To emerge new trends and issues the department is updating syllabus periodically with the help of subject experts as well as practicing librarians.
Till the academic year 2009 B.L.I.Sc. andM.L.I.Sc. courses have one year duration for each. As per UGC CDC, 2001 recommendations these courses merged to M.L.I.Sc. integrated course of four semesters. From the year 2010 this course followed CBCS pattern as per the uniform recommendation of UGC.
In total more than 1600 students enroll for B.L.I.Sc. and 400 + students for M.L.I.Sc. This course has 10% dropout ratio, as a result among passed out students all are able to get placement in different sectors of academic values. This department has credit to provide intellectual LIS teachers, University and College Librarians with dynamic personality and department heads of universities of Gujarat.
The course offered by this department has sound feature of IT, Management and Communication Skills development components. Practical training through internship makes students more competent for job market. Preparing Information Products on various topics as an anticipatory service is a unique feature of this department. Highly qualified visiting faculty, full technical support of INFLIBNET Centre and involvement of high-tech libraries for internship strengthen this department like anything.
Department is having well qualified, experienced and dedicated young enthusiastic faculties, adequate IT facilities, good amount of teaching tools, Department also offers M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes.
The Department of Library and Information Science, Gujarat University (DLISGU) offers four followingprograms:
The Bachelor of Library and Information Science (B.Lib.I.Sc.)program is a one-year full-time program, designed to train students in the skills needed to succeed as Library and Information Science professionals.
The Master of Library and Information Science (M.Lib.I.Sc.)degree prepares students to be leaders in the evolving fields of librarianship and information professions. Program is one-year full-time program that trains library science graduates with high skills.
The Master of Philosophy in Library and Information Science (M.Phil. in Lib.I.Sc.) program is one-year part-time program that trains library science post graduates with advance learning.
The Ph. D. in Library and Information Science offers the resources, support, and inspiration that scholars need to pursue new ideas, conduct their own research, and shape the evolving relationship between people and information around the world.