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

120 credits, full-time 100% – distance

Dear student,

We welcome you cordially to our programme and hope that you will enjoy our courses. Digital libraries and information services have become a landmark of the modern society. Many organizations that develop digital resources and services require new competence of meeting users, strategic thinking and managing, designing and promoting them. You will have an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills of investigating, building, running, evaluating and putting to the effective use different types of digital libraries.

The programme includes courses that help you to understand the role and functions of digital services and libraries in society, their usefulness for individuals, professional tasks and processes that librarians and information specialists have to manage, technological background, managerial issues and research directions within this developing area of library and information science.

You will study online full-time for two years. Therefore, you have a possibility to do it almost entirely at home and at your own pace. Working at your own pace might mean that you study only half-time. You may do that as long as you take responsibility for planning studies yourself.

You should have access to a new computer and internet connection that enables you to use multimedia, video and audio files. You may have to buy some software and teaching materials. On the other hand, you will receive lecture and seminar materials on the e-learning platform PingPong and will be able to use resources available through the Library of the University of Borås. Your teachers have also mounted a common MADL programme platform where you can find earlier and current information on the general educational issues.

Swedish School of Library and Information Science has strong contacts with the professional and research community in Sweden, Europe and around the world. The students applying to this programme also come from many countries. As a participant in the programme you will meet them online and in physical space, exchange experience and knowledge, build your own international network of professional contacts.

Distance studies require much will power and discipline and it will not be easy to follow the studies. Besides, some of the courses require you to change the usual way of thinking quite radically, regardless of your previous study background. If you have studied humanities or social sciences the challenging part will be our technological courses. If you have computer science or IT background there will be subjects dealing with human and societal issues. 

Master’s programme starts on the 28th of August 2017 with courses in Digital Library Management, Technology for digital libraries 1 and Information retrieval 1. You will receive the login information as soon as you accept the placement in the programme. Do not forget to do this and register to the programme or you may lose your place in it.

The students are required to attend residential periods in Borås when they are organized. This is a mandatory requirement.

The first residential period is planned for September 4-8, 2017 (for both Technology for digital libraries 1 and Information retrieval 1 courses).

Best regards,                                                             

Programme supervisor
Elena Maceviciute

Programme information

Start semester: Autumn 2017
Programme code: BMDD1
Programme occasion code: BMDD117h1
Study pace: full-time 100%
Study time: Other time
City: Borås – distance


The programme is held at the Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
For specific questions regarding the programme, contact the faculty:
E-mail: a3@hb.se.
Phone: +46 (0)33 435 4013 - answering hours: Mondays - Fridays kl 10:00-12:00.

Programme co-ordinator Elena Maceviciute
Programme co-ordinator Helena Francke

Study Counselling
For other questions, contact Student Reception


Syllabus (pdf)

Schedules of the study programme

Please note that course syllabuses may be revised until course registration. Always contact the course coordinator, or check in Ping Pong, before acquiring literature.

Autumn 2017

Digital Library Management
Application code B01H7
Type Mandatory
Period 28 Aug - 14 Jan
Information retrieval for digital libraries 1
Application code B02H7
Type Mandatory
Period 28 Aug - 31 Oct
Technologies of Digital Libraries 1
Application code B78H7
Type Mandatory
Period 1 Nov - 14 Jan
Technologies of Digital Libraries 1
Application code B03H7
Type Mandatory
Period 1 Nov - 14 Jan

Spring 2018

E-books: Production, Distribution, and Reading
Application code B38V8
Type Mandatory
Period 15 Jan - 3 Jun
Interaction Design: Usability and Interaction in Digital Environments
Application code B40V8
Type Mandatory
Period 22 Mar - 3 Jun
Users and Information Activities in Digital Environments
Application code B39V8
Type Mandatory
Period 15 Jan - 21 Mar

Autumn 2018

Digital Library Research Methods
Application code B75H8
Type Mandatory
Period 3 Sep - 20 Jan
Information retrieval for digital libraries 2
Application code B78H8
Type Mandatory
Period 3 Sep - 5 Nov
Technologies of Digital Libraries 2
Application code B76H8
Type Mandatory
Period 6 Nov - 20 Jan

Spring 2019

Master's Thesis
Application code B63V9
Type Mandatory
Period 21 Jan - 9 Jun