Professional Library Qualification By Distance Learning – Information and Library Management Postgraduate Diploma/MA/MSc (UK)

Title: Information and Library Management Postgraduate Diploma/MA/MSc

Author: Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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This distance learning course is aimed at people working within an information environment, who wish to professionally qualify at postgraduate level, and is designed to produce information professionals able to take leading roles in the rapidly developing world of information and library management.

Year one Year one introduces modules related to the collection, storage and management of information within organisations, and will introduce research methods to prepare for the Master’s Dissertation next year.

Year two You will examine laws and ethical issues surrounding data collection, as well as completing a Master’s Research Dissertation in a specialist related subject area.

Year 1
Hypermedia for the Information Professional – This module aims to familiarise students with some of the principles of effective web site design and with some of the tools required to create and develop hypermedia documents for integration into web pages. Current industry standard page mark-up scripting languages will also be introduced.

Managing in the Information Environment – This core module is designed to explore managerial concepts, which enable organisations to set and achieve their aims and objectives. The module will include the knowledge environment, organisational theory, strategy formulation and implementation, communication in the organisation, resource management, marketing, quality and performance measures, and management of change and risk analysis.

Collection Management – This module examines the management and organisation of the collections within a range of information environments. The information needs of the user will be examined along with aspects of social inclusion, information rich and poor etc., before studying aspects of collection development (e.g. selection policies and practices, acquisition policies) and collection management (e.g.weeding programmes, binding and preservation, security, etc) using various case exercises to support the learning experience.

Organising Knowledge – This core module explores in depth the principles and current practice of organising, storing and retrieving information and knowledge efficiently and effectively so that it can be accessed and retrieved by users to meet their needs.

Research Methods – Introduces the wide range of research techniques applied in information work as preparation for the Masters dissertation.

Year 2 
Cataloguing and Classification – This module will develop knowledge of theory and current practice in descriptive cataloguing and classification, and the industry standards, practice and issues that are relevant. Practical abilities in cataloguing (utilising the Anglo-American Cataloguing rules and MARC formats) and in classification (Dewey Decimal).

Data Law and Ethics – This module examines and critically analyses the concepts underpinning the ‘information age’, and explores the historical development of information in society. The role of information and communication technologies is investigated, including their impact on the changing role of the information professional. The legal framework in which the regulation of information systems occurs will be explored, and key ethical considerations discussed. Students will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the range and complexity of ethical argument and reflect further on their own learning and professional development.

Dissertation – The dissertation will enable students to explore a topic of interest in greater depth as a piece of master’s research. This module is taken by students wishing to obtain the masters award.

The programme is delivered through distance learning, using specially prepared learning materials in the form of module booklets and printed materials posted to the student, and electronically via the University e-learning platform. There will be individual and group tutor support using a range of methods.

A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays, portfolios and reports. There are no exams.


Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) to assure students that programmes provide an excellent preparation for professional practice.

Standard Entry

An applicant should normally be a graduate of a recognised UK higher education institution. Degree equivalent qualifications or degrees awarded by academic institutions in other countries will be considered on their merits.

Please note that 2 references (one academic and one work-related) are normally expected when submitting the application.

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