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.
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)
TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
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 of Master (Two years)
The language of instruction is English.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PhD studies in Library and Information Science at the University of Borås.
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 (pdf)For more information, See the programme page in programme portal
Ladok-code: BMDD1Level: Second cycleApproved by: Education Committee,
2015-02-25Version: 12.0Valid from:
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
(The Higher Educations Act, Chapter 1, Section 9)
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:
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.
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.
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Programme co-ordinator Elena MaceviciuteProgramme co-ordinator Helena Francke
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