Information & Communication Studies - Library & Information Studies

GradDip Library & Information Studies
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Studies programme is designed to prepare university graduates for professional careers in library and information work.

In the Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Studies programme, you will learn how to organise, curate, disseminate and communicate information in local and global contexts. You will learn how to store, retrieve, and share information by understanding, applying, and designing best practices, standards and systems in the information world. You can also tailor your study to suit your career aspirations in pathways such as academic librarianship, public information services, and cultural institutions.

Vision & Value Statement
The UCD School of Information and Communication Studies strives to educate students to become the leaders, policy makers, and designers of information systems and services in the evolving information society. The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (GradDip) programmes instill professional ethics and social responsibility, foster lifelong continuing professional education, and provide opportunities for active engagement with diverse communities. Our modules are offered in face-to-face, blended, and online classrooms. Reflective practices and collaborative work constitute the core of our learning activities.

Programme Outcomes
• Articulate knowledge of the key concepts, theories, and issues in library and information studies
• Assess users' needs in diverse information environments and meeting community and societal needs, including information behaviour, users studies, needs analysis and other forms of active engagement
• Demonstrate management and teamwork competencies, including project management and leadership
• Demonstrate research competencies to develop, manage, and implement research in a professional context
• Develop and evaluate information lifecycle, including information seeking, evaluation, use, organisation and management
• Discuss the evolving role of information professionals in cultural, corporate, governmental, and non-governmental institutions
• Engage in discussion pertaining to ethical, technical and technological issues associated with information acquisition, management, presentation and use
• Use traditional and digital media effectively, including oral presentations, poster presentations, and social media.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Org of Info, Cat & Metadata IS40520
Information & Reference Services IS40530
Applied Research Methods IS40940
Research and Practice in LIS IS41060

Stage 1 – Option
Archives and their Users - Advocacy and the Archives Gateway ARCV40040
Managing Records & Information in Public & Private Organisations ARCV40070
Archives preservation ARCV41480
Web Publishing IS30020
People, Information & Communication: Our Information BehaviourIS40030
Management for Information Professionals IS40370
Research Practice IS40390
The Information Professional as Teacher and Collaborator IS40480
Digital Libraries IS40560
Children & Youth Info Services IS40570
UXD: User-Centered Design IS40610
Digital Curation: Core Concepts IS40630
Quantitative Data Analysis IS40730
Research Data Management IS40760
Data & Society IS40840
Scholarly Communication IS40900
Digital Policy IS40910
Personal Info Management IS40930
Artificial Intelligence IS40970
Information Ethics IS41020
Informatics IS41090

Entry requirements

Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies (GradDIpLIS)

You will need:
-A primary (bachelor's) degree in any subject with a minimum award of second class honours, Grade 2.
-A minimum of 6 weeks experience working in a library or information environment.
-Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
-Names and contact details of two referees who can assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip Library & Information Studies FT (W041)
Deadline: Rolling*

Grad Dip Library & Information Studies PT (W098)
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.


Grad Dip Library & Information Studies FT (W041):
1 year full-time

Grad Dip Library & Information Studies PT (W098):
2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
Our Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies (GradDIpLIS) programme allows students to earn degrees that are accredited by professional organizations. These degrees qualify students to work as library and information professionals. The Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree has greater international recognition and is the recommended qualification for those students who are eligible to apply for it.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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