Free Online Course On “Knowledge Society” at SWAYAM Website : Last Date 09/07/18


The objective of the course is to provide the students with an understanding of the characteristics of knowledge societies, the major factors affecting transition to a knowledge society and the issues in and implications of knowledge society with focus on libraries and information centres. On completing the course you should also be in a position to have an idea of the changing dimensions of information disciplines as a consequence of developments in the information / knowledge environment.


There are no specific pre-requisites for registering for this course. However, it is expected that the learner has a clear understanding of the functions of libraries and information centres, and of library and information science as a discipline.

Target Learners

The course is designed for students of library and information science at the Master’s level as well as LIS professionals working in libraries and information centres.

 Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the course, you will gain in-depth knowledge about digital libraries. You will develop skills to evaluate commercially available, subscription-based digital libraries and digital collections and issues involved in subscribing to them. In addition, you would have also gained skills to set-up your own institutional digital library from planning to offer digital library services with all intermediate steps involved in the process.

Timeline – Duration

The course consists of 16 modules and is deliverable over 15 weeks as per the course layout given below.

Dr. K. S. Raghavan obtained Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Delhi and Ph.D. from the University of Mysore. He was a Senior Fulbright scholar at UCLA, USA in 1987. Dr. Raghavan served the University of Mysore for 6 years from 1971 and moved to the University of Madras in 1977; He retired from the University of Madras as its Dean (Academic) in 2005 and joined DRTC, Indian Statistical Institute as a professor. Since 2013 he is working as a Visiting Scientist at the Centre for Knowledge Analytics and Ontological Engineering (KAnOE) in PES institute of Technology, Bangalore. In 2015 he served as a visiting professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and taught a course on Knowledge Representation and Ontology. He has authored a book, edited about 20 volumes and published over 100 papers. He is the Editor of the SRELS Journal of Information Management and on the editorial boards of Knowledge organization (ISKO, Germany) and Libres (NTU)

Start Date: 09/07/2018 End Date: 22/10/2018


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