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Bachelor of Library and Information Studies

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
360 credit hours
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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About this program

The Bachelor of Library and Information Studies will prepare you for a career within one or more of the professional sectors specialising in library and information services and management.

Graduates will be confident, culturally competent, and collaborative practitioners, empowering and inspiring people, communities and organisations to reach their potential.

You will provide access to information and knowledge resources, applying evidence-based practice to the collection, organisation and management of physical and digital media.

Please note this programme can only be studied part-time for now. We will update full-time study options in December 2018.

When you achieve this qualification, you will be able to

  • Provide culturally responsive library and information services and collections, recognising and applying the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, understanding Te Ao Mäori and other indigenous knowledge paradigms
  • Provide culturally relevant library and information services and collections to enhance the lives of Pasifika and other cultural groups in New Zealand
  • Analyse individual, organisational and community needs to design and deliver appropriate library and information services, and provide access to information in support of life-long learning.
  • Facilitate the creation, organisation and dissemination of new knowledge
  • Search for, critically evaluate, contextualise and use information in diverse formats and locations
  • Develop leadership and management strategies to advocate for and promote ethical and effective evidence-based information solutions within communities and organisations, for open, equitable access to information.

Career opportunities

This qualification will ready you to work in a range of roles, including:

  • librarian, such as reference, heritage resources, children and teens, digital services
  • records manager
  • information manager
  • archivist

Study pathways

You can start your study with the New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies (Level 5), which will lead to this degree.

  • New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies (Level 5)

You can also gain specialist skills by studying:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Library and Information Services for Children and Teens (Level 6)
  • Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Leadership

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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