BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Chiranthi Wijesundara, currently serves as an Senior Assistant Librarian at the Main Library, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has more than 10 years of working experience as an academic librarian and, prior she has served at several private institutions as well.

She earned her doctoral degree in Informatics in the year 2019 from the Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba, Japan, and she obtained a MSc in Library, Information and Media Studies from the same university. Dr. Wijesundara has earned her BA degree in Archaeology with a First Class Honors and MSc in Geo-Information from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka prior to her higher education in abroad.

She has memberships in several organizations such as ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) in USA, CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) in UK, GISSL (Geo-Information Society of Sri Lanka), etc.

Meantime she serves as a program coordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science (PGDip (LIS)) and Masters in Library and Information Science (MLS), and as a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Library & Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo.

Dr. Wijesundara has contributed for more than 15 publications and her research interests are in cultural heritage information aggregation and its related metadata technologies, Geo-Informational applications for Cultural Heritage Preservation, Digital Libraries and Linked Open Data.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • 2019

    Doctor of Philosophy in Infromatics

    Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba, Japan

  • 2016

    Master of Science in Library and Information Studies

    Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba, Japan

  • 2009

    Master of Science in Geo-Informatics

    Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • 2005

    Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology (First Class Honours)

    Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • 2001

    ACS (Australian Computer Society) Certification

    Information & Communication Technology

  • Professional Membership - Developing Nation

    Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

    USA

  • Student Member

    Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

    UK

  • Member

    Geoinformatics Society Sri Lanka (GISSL)

    Sri Lanka

  • Member

    University Librarians’ Association (ULA)

    Sri Lanaka

Positions

  • Now 2016

    Senior Assistant Librarian

    The Library, University of Colombo

  • 2016 2011

    Assistant Librarian

    The Library, University of Colombo

  • Now2020

    Program Coordinator (PGLIS & MLS)

    National Institute of Library & Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo

  • Now2020

    Visiting Lecturer (PGDip (LIS) & MLS)

    National Institute of Library & Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo

  • 20112006

    Teacher Librarian

    Colombo International School