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Academic Achievements

Mrs. B.M.M.C.B. Hindagolla resumed duties on 30th March 2015 after obtaining PhD from Niigata University Japan. Dr. Hindagolla conducted her research on “Improvement of e-based resources Utilization in University libraries in Sri Lanka: User investigation and application of integrated model of Technology Acceptance Model and Flow Theory”. We express our sincere congratulation to Dr. Hindagolla on her success.

Farewell to the former Librarian

Dr. P Wijetunge the Librarian of  University of Peradeniya resigned from 16th of February 2015 to assume duties as the Librarian of University of Colombo. Dr. Wijetunge held the post of Librarian at University of Peradeniya  from January 2011 to April 2015. During her tenure at Peradeniya she provided the leadership to  barcode all the Library books in the Main Library, to start the digital library, to introduce the new library management system Koha, to develop the library website and also to inculcate the research culture in the library. She formed the National Digital Library Consortium under UGC to provide access to electronic journals to all fifteen universities in Sri Lanka. She is also the country co-ordinator to International Network for the Availability of Publications (INASP) and President elect of Sri Lanka Library Association.  We wish Dr. Wijetunge all success in her future endeavors.  

Senior Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Science.

Ms. Sriyani Ileperuma resumed duties as the Senior Assistant Librarian, Science Library from 25th of February 2015 after completing her sabbatical leave.

Dental Sciences Library University of Peradeniya
Subcommittee for Library and E-learning of the Faculty of Dental Sciences organized the “ User Awareness Seminar on Resources and Retrieval of Health Information for the 2nd year BDS students”, Faculty of Dental Sciences  on 11th February 2014 at the IT Center, University of Peradeniya . It was sponsored by HELLIS – (Health Literature and Library Information Service Network ,WHO).
It was hands on training and covered the following subject areas.


Access to E-journals and E–Books,  Searching Techniques,   Searching Medical Literature through PUBMED
Resource persons: 
Dr. C. Jayawardane, Senior Lecturer, Department of Basic Sciences Faculty of Dental Sciences                                                             
Ms. Sriyani Perera  / Senior Assistant Librarian, Medical Library Sunil Premarathne/ Senior Assistant Library, Dental Sciences Library

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Academic Journals through UGC Consortium
Sri Lanka consortium of electronic journal databases was set up by the University Grants Commission and access has been provided to Elsevier (Engineering) and Emerald databases. Taylor and Francis, Oxford University Press, SAGE Research Methods Online and Wiley also will be available shortly. You can access them through our library web page by clicking Link

New appointments
Ms. Sureni Weerasinghe was appointed to the post of Assistant Librarian in the Library Network of University of Peradeniya. She obtained her first degree, B. Sc (first class honors) in Mathematics from the same university. She received the university award for academic excellence in the year 2008/2009. She has served as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics before joining the Library Network.



 

 

 

EVENTS

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Book launch : “Compendium of Postgraduate Research”

The book titled, “Compendium of Postgraduate Research” compiled by Ms. Sriyani Ileperuma, Deputy Librarian of the University of Peradeniya and published by the National Library and Documentation Services Board of Sri Lanka was launched at the National Library auditorium on March 27, 2015.
This publication consists of bibliographic details pertaining to 1390 Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.Sc. theses presented under the ten Boards of Study (i.e. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Plant Sciences, Physics, Science Education, Statistics & Computer Science and Zoological Sciences) in the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya, from its inception in 1996 to the end of 2013. Author abstracts of Ph.D. and M.Phil. theses are included along with the basic details of M.Sc. theses. This compendium is complete with title, author and supervisor indices.
This publication will serve as a sourcebook of research carried out on nationally relevant problems for organizations such as universities, research institutions, government institutions and even private sector organizations.

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Exhibition in the Main Library, University of Peradeniya on 9th and 10th October 2014

Parallel to the 60th anniversary of the University of Peradeniya, Main Library organized a two day exhibition showcasing some of its treasured possessions. Among these exhibits, were the historical documents, rare and old palm leaf manuscripts, rare Tamil publications, items used in the library in the old days etc. The Emeritus Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra Collection opened in the Main Library in May 2014 was also opened for public viewing during this two-day period.

To coincide with the exhibition, Mr. Buddhika Konara, an MPhil student of the Department of Sinhala conducted a highly informative and enlightening lecture on “Historical documents found in the Main Library” at the library premises. click link below for photos.

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Display of books by Late Prof. D. J. Kalupahana

Display of books authored by Prof. D. J. Kalupahana is taking place at the Main Library of University of Peradeniya until 21st of February 2014.
Prof. D. J. Kalupahana,  a brilliant student of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies passed away in Hawaii recently. He was the Emeritus Professor of  Philosophy in University of Hawaii. Prof. Kalupahana served at the Department if Pali and Buddhist after his graduation in 1959 and served nearly a dacade before joining University of Hawaii.
University of Peradeniya  awarded him the honorary Doctor of Literature Degree in 1998. He established a scholarship in his name for students specializing in Buddhist Studies BA degree programme  and donated  his personal library collection of books to the Peradeniya University library.
At the ceremonial opening of his collection on the 25th of October 2001 he said “ I had a free education all the way up to the Ph.D. Degree and the University of Ceylon was the institution that helped me to be whatever I am today. As such I had a deep obligation to this institution. I felt that by donating the books, many of which were found to be not in the Main Library, I was fulfilling this obligation. ”

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ULA Annual General Meeting -2014.

The Annual General Meeting of the University Librarians Association (ULA) of Sri Lanka was held on the 07th February 2014 at 10.30 a.m. at the Postgraduate Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.

Prof. Atula Senaratne, Vice Chancellor and Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake, Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya  graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour respectively.   Dr. P. Wijetunga, Librarian of University of Peradeniya delivered the welcome address.  The biannual journal of the University Librarians Association was offered to the head table by the Editor Mr. Ajantha Dharmarathne, Senior Assistant Librarian of the Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science Library. The vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Sunil Premarathne, Secretary of ULA and the Senior Assistant Librarian of the Faculty of Dental Sciences. 

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Donation of C.G. Weeramantry collection
Judge C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice ceremonially handed over his personal collection to the library of the University of Peradeniya on the 15th of July 2013. He also delivered a special oration on “Peace Education” at the University Senate room.

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