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Reading: Beyond the Walls: Outreach Initiatives in Library, University of Moratuwa

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Beyond the Walls: Outreach Initiatives in Library, University of Moratuwa

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Ruvini C. Kodikara,

Library, University of Moratuwa, LK
About Ruvini
She holds the post of Librarian in University of Moratuwa since 1999. She obtained her first degree - B.A. General Degree from University of Kelaniya in 1983 and joined University of Moratuwa as a Junior Assistant Librarian in 1984. She completed her MLS
from University of British Columbia in 1987. Automation of the library, introduction to Learning Commons and Outreach Services are some activities initiated by her. She is interested in Library Management aspects and introducing and applying latest developments
in the library.
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Thushari M. Seneviratne ,

Library, University of Moratuwa, LK
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C.N.D. Punchihewa

Library, University of Moratuwa, LK
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Abstract

Outreach librarianship – a concept which had a history of more than 40 years - has been diversely used in libraries all over the world as well as in Sri Lanka. Outreach Librarianship is aimed to reach out to traditional and non-traditional library users, extending beyond the walls of a physical library to serve underprivileged communities. Establishment of Outreach Services Division in Library, University of Moratuwa has fulfilled a longfelt need to serve the community living in the vicinity of University of Moratuwa. “Child Development Programme” at Sumudu Preschool located in the University premises and “Reading Camp” at Bodhiraja Vidyalaya, Katubedda, Moratuwa are two outreach initiatives that the staff of Library, University of Moratuwa are currently engaged in. This paper describes the accomplishment of these two outreach initiatives through management of physical and human resources without an outreach budget.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v5i2.7155

Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management Vol.5(2) 2013: 10-22

How to Cite: Kodikara, R.C., Seneviratne, T.M. & Punchihewa, C.N.D., (2014). Beyond the Walls: Outreach Initiatives in Library, University of Moratuwa. Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management. 5(2), pp.10–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v5i2.7155
Published on 21 Jul 2014.

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