BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Pradeepa Wijetunge, currently Librarian, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Co-ordinator of the Consortium of Sri Lankan Academic Libraries has 32 years of experience in the university library sector. From 2002 to 2008 she also served as the Founder Director of the National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo.

Dr. Wijetunge obtained B.A. Special (Honours) degree in Philosophy from the University of Peradeniya, Diploma in Library & Information Science from University of Colombo, Master of Librarianship (in Library Automation) from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth UK, Doctor of Philosophy from University of Colombo,  Master’s in Information Studies (Knowledge Management) from the University of Canberra, Australia and Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies from University of Colombo.

She is a Fellow of the Sri Lanka Library Association and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) of the UK and a member of the Sri Lanka Library Association, University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Association for the Improvement of Higher Education Effectiveness (SLAIHEE). She has contributed over 75 publications in LIS education, Knowledge Management, Information Literacy and several other LIS related themes and held the esteemed position of President of the Sri Lanka Library Association and the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • 1985

    BA (Hons) in Philosophy

    University of Peradeniya

  • 1987

    Dip. Lib. & Inf. Sc.

    University of Colombo

  • 1991

    MLib

    University of Wales, UK

  • 2008

    PhD in LIS

    University of Colombo

  • 2011

    MIS in Knowledge Management

    University of Canberra

  • 2018

    MA in Buddhist Studies

    University of Colombo

  • 1994

    ASLLA

    Sri Lanka Library Association

  • 1999

    ALA

    The Library Association, UK (Now CILIP)

  • 1999

    FSLLA

    Sri Lanka Library Association

  • 2001

    CTHE

    University of Colombo

  • 2001

    SEDA Accreditation

    Staff Education & Development Association, UK

  • 2008

    FCILIP

    Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), UK

Positions

  • 20082002

    Director

    National Institute of Library & Information Science, University of Colombo

  • 20152011

    Librarian

    University of Peradeniya

  • Now2015

    Librarian

    Main Library, University of Colombo

  • 20122010

    President

    University Librarians'Association of Sri Lanka

  • 20172016

    President

    Sri Lanka Library Association

  • 2020 2018

    Council Member

    Sri Lanka Library Association