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 children’s 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 Sweden’s leading school of library and information science.
The studies take place primarily in a distance mode. You need to participate in several meetings in Borås, Sweden, during your education. These residential periods will take place 9-13 September 2019, one week in February or March 2020, one week in fall 2020 (probably in September), and one day for master's thesis seminar in late May/early June 2021 (or when thesis is accepted for seminar).
Communication between the students and teachers is maintained mainly through the e-learning platform. In order to follow the courses, you are therefore required to have access to a computer on which you are able to install software and have Internet-access at a reasonably high bandwidth. It is not enough with a smartphone, iPad, Chromebook or similar computer-like facilities, although you may use them for some tasks. Your Internet-access needs to have at least 10 Mbps download speed, although lower speeds may be enough for some tasks. Some recordings may require even higher speeds. Some software may need to be bought, although we try to lean on software that do not require fees, as far as that is possible. Note: In order to participate in seminars online you also need a web camera, headphones and microfones connected to your computer.
Language of instruction will be English.