This is a guest post by Marie O Neill Head of Library & Information Services at Dublin Business School (DBS)
I am pleased to announce that the MSc in Information and Library Management at DBS is now validated by Quality Qualifications Ireland and the Library Association of Ireland.
The programme is an MSc to meet growing demand for MSc qualifications in the labour market. As an MSc, the programme is technical and applied in its approach to delivery and assessment and has a strong IT focus offering modules in Information Technologies, Network Resource Management and Information Architecture. The programme is also offered on an evening basis to accommodate applicants in full-time employment.
Employability is a key focus of the programme which incorporates an employability module, the Personal and Professional Development Module (PPD) with the opportunity to complete a built-in work placement. The PPD module also includes guest speakers from the information and library management sector. Graduates of the programme have gone on to secure positions in libraries such as the National College of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and An Bord Bia.
The college is keen to grow new areas of opportunity for information and library management graduates. In a recent survey undertaken by DBS Careers Department, 92% of general IT and business employers surveyed expressed an interest in employing graduates of the programme. DBS will be working in the future with a wide range of employers to highlight the value a professional information and library manager can bring to an organisation.
One of the programme’s chief assets is its faculty. We have been very fortunate in terms of attracting well known LIS lecturers and practitioners who have been with the programme since its inception. DBS Library also facilitates requests from students of the programme wishing to base assignments or dissertations on real world library projects. Some of you may have attended our inaugural annual library seminar in June 2014. The seminar gave a flavour of projects that we are working on. Slides are available here.
We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the programme to date including faculty, alumni and the many library and information professionals in Ireland who have been extremely generous with their time and expertise in relation to guest lecturing, provision of work placements and graduate opportunities. Thanks also to Quality Qualifications of Ireland and the Library Association of Ireland for their significant input during the validation and accreditation process and to the many other library professionals and academics who also participated. A final thanks to Liverpool John Moore’s University and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the UK who accredited the previous articulation of the programme.
DBS is now taking applications for the September intake of the MSc both on a full-time (over one academic year) and part-time (over two academic years) basis. Details of open evenings can be obtained here. Further information about the programme can be obtained by consulting the DBS website here or by contacting Brenda Kerr (Brenda.Kerr@dbs.ie) or Marie O’ Neill (Marie.ONeill@dbs.ie).