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Guide to Studying Librarianship & Information Management

What is Librarianship & Information Management?

  • librarian is a person who works professionally in a library. You knew that I'm sure. The role encompasses helping provide access to information in literary, social and technical forms.
  • Information management is a cycle: the acquisition of information, the custodianship and the distribution of that information, and its ultimate removal, either into archives, or by being deleted.

Why study Librarianship and Information Management?

  • Being a librarian is an excellent job for those who like academic study but are not keen on teaching or further study. University librarians can still contribute greatly to the research of their institution.
  • Librarians have some of the highest levels of job satisfaction. It is a job requiring dedication and commitment to the ongoing development of their library, ideal for those passionate to learn more.
  • Usually, in most academic libraries, once you have become an established librarian it is possible to gain promotion to managerial level, earning better salary and perks.
  • Librarians have to be meticulous and precise in their work of ordering, recording and caring for books. If you liked English at A-Level but want a more career focused degree, consider Librarianship.
  • A librarian also has to have good social graces to look after their customers, be friendly and helpful. Those who enjoy working with people as well as academia would do well to look at a librarianship degree.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • A range of core modules are available over the traditional three year course. These are usually assessed by a combination of exams and coursework with various weightings. Work placements can be organised through the departments, and usually final year will see a dissertation module, requiring an essay of over 10,000 words.

What degree can I get? 

  • BSc Information Management and Business
  • BA Digital Media and Information Studies
  • BA Library Management
  • BSc Information Science

What qualifications do I need?

  • Grade requirements depend on the uni. An A Level in English is usually required.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Librarianship & Information Management courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include a straight MA in Librarianship, as well as masters courses in Archive Administration, Records Management, Information Science, Network Security, and Library Studies.

Graduate job prospects

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*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Librarianship degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as discipline and organisation, as well as a niche skill valuable to a future career.
  • Particular job areas include, as well as a librarian, in areas such as IT, retail, sales, publishing, teaching, charity work, social work and social care, authorship, journalism, and PR.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as CILIP.