This Foundation Degree offers a well-rounded variety of modules, covering a range of key topics. It provides you with the opportunity to secure a recognised academic qualification, whilst also developing your existing library and information skills.
The course is designed to enhance your employability and prepare you for additional professional responsibilities. It aims to develop skills that employers in the library and information sector are actively looking for, including skills of leadership and management, customer service provision and library-specific ICT.
You will learn about contemporary theories and approaches relating to the library and information sector. This theoretical material is combined with practical, vocational activity, which puts your learning into practice and builds on your existing experience.
The programme caters to staff of school, academic, health or other specialist libraries, as well as those working in regular, public libraries. This is achieved partly through guest speakers, who will share their expertise and experience with you.
Whichever area of the library and information sector you work in, this course develops the skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.
The course consists of the following modules:
Information Society (20 credits, core):
Theories of the development of the information (and post information) society, user communities. (Report 50%, Essay 50%)
Information Sources (20 credits, core):
Identifying, selecting and utilising information sources. (Report 60%, Essay 40%)
Research and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory):
Academic writing, ICT and presentation skills. (Report 40%, Essay 20%, Presentation 40%)
Introduction to Professional Practice (20 credits, compulsory):
Online sources of professional advice, professional codes of practice and data protection. (Report 60%, Test 40%)
Library, Information and Communication Technology 1 (20 credits, compulsory):
Using ICT to support library work in the areas of enquiries, online communication and internet safety. (Report 50%, Website 40%, Reflective / evaluative writing 10%)
Employability Based Learning 1 (20 credits, compulsory):
Reader Development and Information literacy. (Portfolio 100%)
Marketing and Advocacy in Library Services (10 credits, compulsory):
Marketing, e-marketing, promotion and individual/organisational advocacy in a library context. (Report 100%)
Collection Management (20 credits, core):
Managing library services and facilities. (Report x 2 100%)
Knowledge organisation (20 credits, compulsory):
Organising physical and virtual information. (Report 60%, Practical 40%)
Research Methods and Study Skills (20 credits, compulsory):
Research methods, action research project undertaken in the workplace. (Essay 50%, Presentation 50%)
Library, Information and Communication Technology 2 (20 credits, compulsory):
Digital collaboration and new media tools. (Report 60%, Presentation 40%)
Employability Based Learning 2 (20 credits, compulsory):
Professional Portfolio building. (Reflective Portfolio 80%, Product 20%)
Organisational Behaviour and Culture (10 credits, compulsory):
Evaluating Organisational Behaviour. (Essay 100%)
Training and Support in a Library context (10 credits, compulsory):
Introduction to teaching skills, coaching, mentoring and training. (Reflective Essay 40%, Lesson plan 20%, Support material 40%)