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

Dear student,

We welcome you to our program and hope that you will enjoy our courses! Digital library and
information services have become a landmark of modern society. The program includes
courses that help you to understand the role and functions of digital services and libraries in
society. You will explore their use, gain insight into the work of professional library and
information specialists, learn to operate technological tools and platforms, solve managerial
issues, and follow research trends within the LIS field.

The Master’s program starts on the 30th of August 2021 with the courses Digital Library
Management and Information retrieval 1. Between 16th and 24th of August you have to
register and also create your Student account, or you may lose your place in the
program. You will get all detailed information you need about Student account and
registration sent to you in August. You will be able to log into the learning platform
Canvas when you have registered as a student, and you will find additional information about
individual course registration there.

It is recommended that students attend the residential periods in Borås, though they are not
obligatory. We have unfortunately had to cancel the first residential week for your year.
The activities that were scheduled for this week will be transferred to digital environments,
which may mean that they are spread out over more than one week's time. More information
will be provided in the Canvas modules for the program and the courses that begin in
the first period (Information Retrieval 1 and Digital Library Management), as well as in
an introductory presentation of the program in Zoom (you will be provided with a link)
on the 1st of September between 9:00-16:00. The voluntary residential periods later in the
program will take place one week in February or March 2022, one week in autumn 2022
(probably late September) and one day for the master's thesis seminar in late May/early June
2023 (or when your thesis is accepted for the final seminar). These meetings may also be in
digital environments, depending on the status of the pandemic.
You should have access to a new computer and an internet connection that enable you to use
multimedia, video, audio files, and even do some programming. A headset is strongly
recommended for participation in video conferencing sessions. You may have to buy some
software and teaching materials. You will receive lecture and seminar materials on the elearning
platform Canvas and will be able to use resources available through the Library of
the University of Borås free of charge.

You will study online full-time for two years. Therefore, you will work almost entirely at
home and at your own pace. Working at your own pace might mean that you slow down
and study at half-pace. You may do this as long as you take responsibility for planning
the studies yourself and inform the program staff - you will be instructed on how to do
this at our introductory session in September. Distance studies and course content will
require adaptation. If you have studied humanities or social sciences, the challenging part will
be our technological courses. If you have a computer science or IT background, there will be
subjects dealing with human and societal issues that may make new demands of you.

The 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 program also come from many countries. As a participant in the program, you
will meet each other online and on campus, exchange experience and knowledge, and build
your own international network of professional contacts.

We once again welcome you to the program and look forward to seeing you (in digital
environments) in September!

Best regards,
Program coordinator
Rachel Pierce,

The schedule will continue to be updated as course instructors schedule their courses.

If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you might need to apply for a visa for the meetings in Borås.
Visit the Swedish Migration Agency for more information:

On the University's website, you will find information on temporary accommodation, contact
details to rental agencies, and links to other online options. See:

Programme information

Start term: Autumn 2021
Programme code: BMDD1
Programme cohort code: BMDD121h1
Study pace: Full-time 100%
Programme length: Day
Location: Borås


The program is blended learning, with three voluntary weeks in the beginning of the first three semesters. These are currently cancelled due to the pandemic. The only obligatory campus visit is the final thesis defense, which is currently held in Zoom due to the pandemic. Communication between students and teachers is maintained mainly through an e-learning platform. In order to take 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 devices, 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 as far as possible we try to make use of software that does not require fees. In order to participate in seminars online you will also need a web camera, headphones and a microfone connected to your computer. Language of instruction will be English.


This educational programme is held at the Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.
For specific questions regarding the programme, please contact the Faculty at:
Telephone: +46 (0)33 435 4013 - Telephone hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-12:00.

Programme co-ordinator Jenny Lindberg

Study and Career Counselling
For other questions,, please contact Student Reception


Programme syllabus (PDF)

Programme courses

Please note that course syllabusi can undergo changes up until course registration. Always contact the Course Coordinator or check in the learning platform before acquiring course literature.

Spring 2023

Autumn 2022

Digital Library Research Methods

  • Kursinformation för Digital Library Research Methods
  • Application code: B28H2
  • Type: Mandatory
  • Period: 29 August - 15 January

Technologies of Digital Libraries 2

  • Kursinformation för Technologies of Digital Libraries 2
  • Application code: B29H2
  • Type: Mandatory
  • Period: 29 August - 30 October

Spring 2022

Digitising Cultural Heritage Material

  • Kursinformation för Digitising Cultural Heritage Material
  • Application code: B13V2
  • Type: Mandatory
  • Period: 17 January - 5 June

Interaction Design: Usability and Interaction in Digital Environments

  • Kursinformation för Interaction Design: Usability and Interaction in Digital Environments
  • Application code: B27V2
  • Type: Mandatory
  • Period: 25 March - 5 June

Users and Information Activities in Digital Environments

  • Kursinformation för Users and Information Activities in Digital Environments
  • Application code: B15V2
  • Type: Mandatory
  • Period: 17 January - 24 March

Autumn 2021

Technologies of Digital Libraries 1

  • Kursinformation för Technologies of Digital Libraries 1
  • Application code: B39H1
  • Type: Mandatory
  • Period: 1 November - 16 January