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Guide to studying Librarianship & Information Management

Study Librarianship & Information Management and you'll already be heading down a lucrative and exciting career path.

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  1. What's Librarianship & Information Management?

  2. Why study Librarianship & Information Management?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Librarianship & Information Management graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?

  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Librarianship & Information Management?

A librarian role includes providing 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.

Similar courses for Librarianship & Information Management include: 

  • Information Services
  • Information Systems

Why study Librarianship & Information Management?

Librarians have some of the highest levels of job satisfaction. It's a job requiring dedication and commitment to the ongoing development of their library, which is ideal for those passionate to learn more.

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, a course in this subject area may be for you.

Librarianship & Information Management demands practical experience. Therefore, many universities offer term-time placements to help students learn in a professional environment.

Organisations such as CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) offer graduate schemes for students of Librarianship & Information Management. This helps to train individuals to be strong amongst professional competition.

From IT to customer service, research to managerial, Librarianship & Information Management students gain a host of valuable skills many employers will be impressed by – even in different professions and sectors. 

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What jobs can you get as a Librarianship & Information Management graduate?

Librarianship degrees teach transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as discipline and organisation, are niche skills valuable to a future career.

Particular job areas include in libraries, 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.

Professional job: Usually needs a degree
Non-professional job: Doesn't usually need a degree

What qualifications do you need? 

Subject and grade requirements depend on the university. Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you're interested in.

What degrees can you study?

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

How will you be assessed?

Modules are usually assessed by a combination of exams and coursework with various weightings. Work placements can be organised through the departments, and the final year usually includes a dissertation module, requiring an essay of over 10,000 words.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include a straight MA in Librarianship, as well as master's courses in Archive Administration, Records Management, Information Science, Network Security and Library Studies.

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