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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 do graduates do and earn?
  5. What qualifications do you need?

  6. What degrees can you study?

  7. How will you be assessed?

  8. 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 and information managers have to be meticulous and precise in their work of organising, researching, analysing and caring for books, data or other information. Through a degree, you'll learn specialist skills and critical practices for use in both historical and modern contexts.

Read our five reasons to study Librarianship & Information Management for more information on why you might choose to study this subject area. 

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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.

What do graduates do and earn?

In the infographic below, the first table shows what graduates of Librarianship & Information Management have gone on to do in the months after their graduation.

The second table shows the average salaries of undergraduate Librarianship & Information Management students entering employment. The three skill levels – high, medium and low – reflect the UK's Standard Occupational Classification's major groups 1–3, 4–6 and 7–9 respectively.

Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

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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