While there has not always been a need for a qualification in library and information studies to work in the field, it is becoming increasingly common to see LIS qualifications listed as prerequisites for jobs. Another consideration you may have to make, is whether the qualification you wish to pursue is accredited by a professional organisation such as the Library Association of Ireland, CILIP or the ALA. Here we present information on a number of courses which might interest budding information professionals. The LAI and CILIP recognise each others accredited courses, so we have highlighted courses in Ireland, Northern Ireland and a number of distance courses which you might consider. For those interested in Archival studies, they will be covered too.
Library and Information Studies
UCD School of Information and Library Studies (SILS)
Post-Grad Dip / Masters in Library and Information Studies (PgDipLIS / MLIS
UCD SILS offer post-graduate qualification recognised by both the LAI and internationally. With a strong emphasis on collaborative research, the course’s core modules cover LIS skills such as information retrieval, cataloguing and research methods. A wide range of optional modules which cover various different aspects are open to students too, including some from the school of history and archives.
Students can exit with a PgDip upon completion of 60 credits. Those wishing to finish with an MLIS are required to undertake a Capstone project.
Interested students are required to have taken six weeks work experiences in a related position.
SILS also offer an undergraduate course. Library and information studies can be taken as a major subject for students pursuing a BA or BSocSc, along with another subject. It is tailored for those who want an entry level qualification and is recognised by the LAI.
Dublin Business School (DBS)
MSc Information & Library Management
Jointly awarded by HETAC and Liverpool John Moores University, the degree at DBS is a CILIP recognised qualification. It is offered as both a one year full-time course and two year part-time course.
As part of the course, all students are provided a professional placement to help gain essential experience.
University of Ulster
Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / MSc in Library and Information Management
The Department of Information Studies at Aberystwth offer a number of degrees which may be of interest.
Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)
Both Aberystwyth and Northumbria University have programmes for those interested in records management and archival work. You can find links to these above.