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Master's programme: Library and Information Science, Digital Library and Information Services

120 credits, full-time 100%

Would you like to work at the leading edge of information and library practice? Would you be interested in helping people to make sense of the cyberspace that is becoming so important in their work and lives? Do you want to have all the treasures of human knowledge, acquired through the ages, at your fingertips?

This programme will help you to choose your mission and place in life. It offers exciting possibilities of finding the job of your dreams. Digital library and information services in many different sectors, from public and academic libraries to global business and childrens libraries are now seeking staff who have been prepared to work in the digital environment. The knowledge and skills you acquire will be useful in any of these areas because of the pervasive and omnipresent nature of digital resources. You will be the one to lead people to the information they really need.
Digital libraries are increasingly significant throughout the world in the provision of information not only to local audiences, but internationally. They are developed by existing library services, by governmental and commercial organizations. Following the programme, you will be able to understand the significance of digital libraries in their own context, manage the transition of services to the digital sphere, and develop new digital services to satisfy the needs of the clientele. The programme draws upon the excellence of faculty members in Swedens leading school of library and information science.

Entry requirements

Bachelor´s degree in Library and Information Science or another humanities, social science, natural science or technical science or equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to :
IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
or
TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
or
TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
For further information about English language proficiency requirements, please view: http:www.hb.se/en/International-student/Application-and-Admission/Admission-Process/English-language-proficiency/

Degree

Degree of Master (Two years)

Language

The language of instruction is English.

Application information

Application code: HB-7232C
Selection: Credits
Number of Places: 15
Start: 2017-08-29
End: 2019-06-09
Place of Study: Borås
Language of instruction: English
Instructional time: Other time
Note: The studies take place in a distance mode. You need to participate in several meetings in Borås, Sweden, during your education. More information about when and where these meetings will take place will be announced later. Communication between the students and teachers is maintained mainly through the e-learning platform. Therefore, the students must have access to a computer with a broadband connection. Language of instruction will be English.
Application fee: 900 SEK
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*
Tuition fee: 45,000 SEK first payment
180,000 SEK full tuition fee
EU/EEA citizens and exchange students are not required to pay fees.*

*For more information regarding which countries are included in the EU/EEA, please read more here.

Disposition

The content is based on the institutions undergraduate education programmes and provides possibilities of co-ordination with other masters programmes in the area. After graduation partly the credits of some courses in the programme can be included into the relevant research education programmes.

Programmes design
Programme includes three types of studies: obligatory courses, a practice-related project and a thesis. Besides an overall foundation on information services and the-state-of-the-art digital information services the programme focuses on technological applications for digital libraries and the development of information services in different contexts. A course in research methods provides foundation for and is followed by a practice-related project, which is also related to a bigger independent work on final thesis.

Learning forms
Education is conducted through lectures, seminars, independent and small group work, which will include practice-related exercises and will also provide opportunities for students to improve their oral and written presentation skills for a variety of audiences.

Courses

  • Digital library management (advanced, 15 ECTS)
  • Users and information activities in digital environments (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Interaction design (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Information retrieval for digital libraries (introductory, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Technology of digital libraries (introductory, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Digitising cultural heritage material (advanced, 15 ECTS) or E-books: production, distribution, reading (advanced, 15 ECTS)
  • Digital library research methods (advanced, 15 ECTS)
  • Technology of digital libraries (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Information retrieval for digital libraries (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Masters thesis (30 ECTS) (Note: the whole work on the Masters thesis includes the course on research methods and equals =45 ECTS)


Programme includes obligatory courses on the advanced level, a project and a Masters thesis. Introductory courses (002a, 003a) can be exchanged for other courses on Masters level depending on the students earlier studies.


Internationalisation
The programme draws on the international body of knowledge (e.g., best practices in Sweden and elsewhere) regarding digital libraries and dialog with the participants in international and national co-operation network. The faculty and students from various countries involved in the programme should also contribute to this body of knowledge on an ongoing basis.

Equal opportunities, diversity, and sustainable development
Programme formulates a variety of problems from different perspectives of social sciences and information technology. Within the framework of the programme students will acquire expertise needed to identify and address the problematic issues concerning equality, diversity, democracy, and sustainable development on local and global levels.

Further studies

PhD studies in Library and Information Science at the University of Borås.

Other

Language of teaching is English.
The degree provides possibility to enter research education in Library and Information
Science or en equivalent research education programme after individual testing.

Syllabus

Syllabus (pdf)
For more information, See the programme page in programme portal

Ladok-code: BMDD1
Level: Second cycle
Approved by: Education Committee, 2015-02-25
Version: 12.0
Valid from: Autumn 2015

General objectives

Second level education shall essentially build on the knowledge that students acquire in first level education or corresponding knowledge. Second level education shall involve a deepening of knowledge, skills and abilities relative to first level education and, in addition to what applies to first level education, shall

  • further develop the students' ability to independently integrate and use knowledge,
  • develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
  • develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable independence or for research and development work.

(The Higher Educations Act, Chapter 1, Section 9)

Objectives

The overall goal of the programme is to equip the students with knowledge required in professional work with and for development and management of digital collections and information services in different types of libraries and other cultural, research, business, and public organisations. Programme addresses the students with the Bachelors degree (or an equivalent education) and is related to the research profile of the institution as well as to the advanced problems within the area of digital libraries and information services. The programme seeks both to provide in-depth knowledge and individual specialisation that could be comparable with similar international education programmes. Through national and international collaboration the programme prepares the students for research education within the area. In addition to the learning outcomes required by the Swedish higher education law, the students after graduating from the programme will:

  • be able to understand and explain the modern library and information science research, especially, in the area of digital libraries and information services, and have ability to apply its results for the needs of various target groups
  • be able to use different theoretical perspectives in the organisations that require and exploit advanced competence in the area of digital libraries and information services and apply abstract knowledge to specific cases and problems
  • have knowledge and skills to develop strategies for digital information services in co-operation with other specialists and implement these strategies
  • Be able to assess, evaluate and conduct applied research tasks independently and in co-operation with different other stakeholders
  • Be able to plan and conduct independently basic training for the users of digital information services
  • Have theoretical and methodological knowledge that provides foundation for research education within the area.

Contents

The content is based on the institutions undergraduate education programmes and provides possibilities of co-ordination with other masters programmes in the area. After graduation partly the credits of some courses in the programme can be included into the relevant research education programmes.

Programmes design
Programme includes three types of studies: obligatory courses, a practice-related project and a thesis. Besides an overall foundation on information services and the-state-of-the-art digital information services the programme focuses on technological applications for digital libraries and the development of information services in different contexts. A course in research methods provides foundation for and is followed by a practice-related project, which is also related to a bigger independent work on final thesis.

Learning forms
Education is conducted through lectures, seminars, independent and small group work, which will include practice-related exercises and will also provide opportunities for students to improve their oral and written presentation skills for a variety of audiences.

Courses

  • Digital library management (advanced, 15 ECTS)
  • Users and information activities in digital environments (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Interaction design (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Information retrieval for digital libraries (introductory, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Technology of digital libraries (introductory, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Digitising cultural heritage material (advanced, 15 ECTS) or E-books: production, distribution, reading (advanced, 15 ECTS)
  • Digital library research methods (advanced, 15 ECTS)
  • Technology of digital libraries (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Information retrieval for digital libraries (advanced, 7,5 ECTS)
  • Masters thesis (30 ECTS) (Note: the whole work on the Masters thesis includes the course on research methods and equals =45 ECTS)


Programme includes obligatory courses on the advanced level, a project and a Masters thesis. Introductory courses (002a, 003a) can be exchanged for other courses on Masters level depending on the students earlier studies.


Internationalisation
The programme draws on the international body of knowledge (e.g., best practices in Sweden and elsewhere) regarding digital libraries and dialog with the participants in international and national co-operation network. The faculty and students from various countries involved in the programme should also contribute to this body of knowledge on an ongoing basis.

Equal opportunities, diversity, and sustainable development
Programme formulates a variety of problems from different perspectives of social sciences and information technology. Within the framework of the programme students will acquire expertise needed to identify and address the problematic issues concerning equality, diversity, democracy, and sustainable development on local and global levels.

Admission requirements

Bachelor´s degree in Library and Information Science or another humanities, social science, natural science or technical science or equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to :
IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
or
TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
or
TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
For further information about English language proficiency requirements, please view: http:www.hb.se/en/International-student/Application-and-Admission/Admission-Process/English-language-proficiency/

Degree

Graduation leads to:
Masters degree in Library and Information Science, Digital Libraries and Information Services
Main area: Library and Information Science

Degree certificates are issued upon application on a special form. More information is available at www.hb.se.

Student influence and evaluation

The education is evaluated by the students continuously, partly through evaluation of courses by the students and teachers, partly through a team of teachers, students and professionals who follow and evaluate the quality of the programme. The result is reported to students, as well as the department and university personnel.

Miscellaneous

Language of teaching is English.
The degree provides possibility to enter research education in Library and Information
Science or en equivalent research education programme after individual testing.

Contact

For educational matters:
Programme co-ordinator Elena Maceviciute
Programme co-ordinator Helena Francke
Contact Study Counselling
For questions about application, contact Application Service
For other questions, contact Student Reception