Department of Library & Information Science

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#citylis

nullOur internationally renowned Library School, #citylis, offers cutting edge masters courses in Library Science and Information Science. We are known for our vibrant, friendly and thought-provoking environment. We deliver a first-rate education for the next generation of information professionals. Our alumni are working in a great variety of information environments and positions across disciplinary boundaries and professional fields. 

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  • We offer both full-time and part-time study modes
  • Both our courses are accredited by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. This certifies our degrees as qualifications for entry to the Library and Information Science professions and related fields
  • We select passionate, intellectually-curious participants from diverse backgrounds
  • We attract, and welcome, many international students
  • Our course content is closely integrated with our research
  • We emphasise the links between academic theory and professional practice
  • Our graduates are highly employable and find positions in a wide number of sectors 

Library and Information Science is continually evolving. It is an exciting and broad field of study, and may be regarded as a spectrum of closely related activities. Students are able to transfer between the courses up to the end of Semester 1. 

Information Science, taught at City University London since 1967, is designed for those interested in the handling of information resources within specific subject domains, with a focus on technological solutions to information organisation, access, retrieval and preservation.

Library Science  focuses on document collections and related library/information services. The course is designed for those interested in developing a critical understanding of core librarianship skills and an awareness of how these can be applied in the contemporary digital landscape within the Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum sector.

All our students receive a thorough grounding in the key areas of library and information science, including knowledge organisation, information storage and retrieval, and information behaviour.

Why study at #citylis?

  • Top-rated LIS research. In the recent REF evaluation, our library and information science research, submitted together with work in media and communication studies and in cultural policy, was rated top nationally of all submissions in our discipline.
  • Our research-active course presenters channel their cutting edge knowledge into our outstanding curriculum.
  • We are a dynamic and friendly community that fosters strong interpersonal skills and lasting and meaningful connections with leading professional networks in London, the UK and the rest of the world.
  • Our fabulous London location allows students real-life access to the extensive collections of libraries, archives, galleries and museums within a short distance from our campus.
  • Our graduates gain the skills to understand, explain and think critically about the key issues in library and information science, and to influence the design and development of future-flexible library and information environments.
  • We offer unique content, which gives course participants the opportunity to fully understand how our information society developed from the beginnings of recorded information in ancient Sumeria and Egypt, to the immersive eTexts of today's Semantic Web and pervasive internet.
  • We provide a focus on research methods with extensive preparation for the dissertation. Our 10-week 'Research Methods' module considers methodologies, analytical tools, reading techniques and research communication.
  • All students undertake a dissertation which equips them with the ability to work independently, and with the key skills of problem solving, project management and reflective practice.
  • Most of our modules feature key practitioners as guest speakers, enabling the fostering of professional networking while you study.
  • We emphasise subject-based resources and communication.
  • We keep current with new technologies and methodologies whilst providing a thorough historical and social perspective.
  • We run a highly popular series of optional, skills based workshops, including: practical cataloguing, data management tools, social media platforms and key web applications relevant for the LIS, GLAM and creative industries sectors. 
  • We organise extra-curricular activities and professional development activities in conjunction with leading institutions in the sector, such as the National Archives.
  • We foster close collaboration with City University librarians.
  • We harness the use of social media and online resources to extend the reach of the classroom.

Course features:

  • balance between academic rigour and professional relevance
  • teaching is research-based, emphasising the relevance of research for professional success
  • use of practitioner lecturers as well as academic staff
  • balance between face-to-face teaching, taking advantage of our central London location, and off-campus activities via e-learning technology and social media
  • current content promoting digital skills which are essential in today’s information environment
  • international outlook
  • collaboration with the main information-sector recruitment agencies, to ensure course relevance and assist in graduate employment.

The following staff are currently active in LIS research, and regularly contribute to sessions for our Library School, #citylis:

Employability: 

Both our courses are accredited by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Our graduates have an excellent record of finding suitable jobs, and going on to successful careers in a variety of exciting fields.

We collaborate with employment agencies and organise specialist careers events that can help place students in jobs in the sector.

Our alumni go on to do a myriad of professional activities within the public and private sectors, including working with physical, digital and hybrid collections, subject and research librarianship, cataloguing, doctoral and post-doctoral academic research, information and policy consultancy, data and information management, online publishing, online community management, etc.

Students who wish to are usually able to obtain work experience (paid or voluntary), or to work with external organisations in completing assignments or carrying out the dissertation project.

#citylis students will go out into the world and make a mark not only through their grounding in professional practice, but also through their ability to think, question and present their ideas.  

David Pearson, Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries, City of London, 2013 

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Programme Director: Dr Lyn Robinson - L.Robinson@city.ac.uk