University of South Africa, UNISA
Full Time / Part Time
This diploma is ideal for students preparing for a career in library and information services, whether in community facilities, government departments or at private record centres. It consists of 20 modules spread over two levels. The first level focuses on personal information retrieval and information literacy; introduces students to information sources and services; and introduces important concepts.
The second level of the programme deals with information techniques and technologies, the philosophy and ethics of information and bibliographic control.

Type: undergraduate diploma

Duration: 2 years part time

Compulsory Subjects

First year subjects:

  • Introduction to Information Science

  • Developing information skills for lifelong learning

  • Introduction to library and information services

  • Introducing information records and sources

  • Using the Internet as a reference tool

  • End user computing

Second year subjects:

  • Exploring information user studies

  • Investigating information ethics in the information era

  • Introducing information management

  • Information and communication technologies for Information Science

  • Bibliographic control, basic descriptive cataloguing and classification

  • Learning how to provide reference services

  • Describing library user groups and meeting their needs

  • Utilising electronic library systems and services

  • Developing and managing information collections

Careers: archivist, librarian, information services officer.


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