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Information and Library Studies

Graduate Diploma

GD-INFLIB

Course
Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Change to a career in libraries and learn how to connect people with information.

High national ranking

Curtin is Australia's top research institution in library and information science, with more citations in top journals than any other Australian university in the past five years.
The Australian's Research 2020 magazine.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

 

Information professionals hold key roles in diverse work environments by connecting data, information and knowledge to people, business and communities.

This course prepares you for a career in librarianship. You will learn theoretical concepts relating to information science, such as how information is organised and used, and how these concepts can be applied in modern library and information management settings.  

You will understand the techniques, technologies and tools used in daily library practice. You’ll gain real-world experience through the completion of a three-week practicum placement within a library or an information centre. 

This course can be a pathway to a Master of Information Management.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

*Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this course can only study it fully online. This course is not available to onshore international students.

Why study

  • Learn how to manage information effectively to ensure communities and organisations can access the information they need.
  • Refine your critical thinking skills and cultural awareness to connect people with information.
  • Apply your skills through a work place practicum with a library or information centre.
  • Curtin has been teaching in this area for over 40 years, and has a reputation for  producing graduates who can assume a wide range of responsibilities in a variety of information services and systems.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Career information

The future of libraries, archives and records
The ever-growing volume of information and data requires professionals who not only have the skills to acquire, design, manage, access, curate and preserve information, but also the ability to contextualise information so it’s used ethically and meaningfully.

Our graduates work in a range of information-related careers with responsibilities that include community and stakeholder engagement, program development, metadata and classification, information systems design and digital record keeping.

Career fields

  • 
Public libraries
  • Academic and special libraries
  • Public, state and national libraries
  • Publishers

What you'll learn

  • understand the discipline of librarianship, its theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional approaches; understand and apply in practice established and developing knowledge and professional practice
  • apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to librarianship issues, including conservation and preservation
  • understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the Librarianship sector; apply best practice in servicing the needs of information users; locate and evaluate information resources and manage collections effectively
  • communicate appropriately with information users and colleagues; assess the information needs of information user groups in the Librarianship sector; assess and meet the information literacy needs of a defined user group
  • assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of the librarian; learn the technologies relevant to information creation, organisation, dissemination and use; decide on appropriate applications and systems for specific information service needs
  • apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity
  • think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of Librarianship
  • recognise individual human rights, including rights of free access to information; appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when disseminating information to diverse user groups; value diversity of language and how this may be fostered in services offered by Librarians
  • apply as appropriate the professional skills of librarians and other information professionals; work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership; understand and demonstrate professional behaviour; understand issues in the ethical use of information and demonstrate how ethical practices may be followed in the workplace; understand and apply major tools for information organisation, metadata creation and indexing and recordkeeping throughout the continuum to ensure efficiency and compliance

Admission criteria

Applicants require equivalent to or higher than a three year bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary education provider EITHER in a discipline other than librarianship or information studies completed any time; OR in librarianship or information studies, completed more than 10 years ago.

The course relies on technology skills, so applicants must be competent in word processing and the use of the internet, including web browsing software, before starting the course.

 

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Regular and reliable Internet access is required.

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

As the course is heavily dependent on computer skills, you should develop competency in word-processing and Internet browser software before commencing the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

Graduates are eligible for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $18,000*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 1
  • Online
Semester 2
  • Online

2022

Semester 1
  • Online
Semester 2
  • Online

2023

Semester 1
  • Online
Semester 2
  • Online

2024

Semester 1
  • Online
Semester 2
  • Online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Last updated on: May 14, 2021