What the degree is about
Overview of Master of Information Management :
The Master of Information Management offers graduates the opportunity to complete all of the units required for triple accreditation in librarianship, records management and archives. In addition you will complete a major research project that allows you to specialise in an area of your choosing with the support of a supervisor. Successful completion of a Master of Information Management to a required standard can be a pathway to entry into a PhD.
This course is designed to enhance technical skill and to provide an understanding of the ways in which the field of information management is developing. This course is designed to provide graduates with a professional qualification in information management or an avenue to upgrade previous qualifications. Areas of study include Librarianship, Records Management, Corporate Information Management, Archives and Knowledge Management.
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
- Understand the disciplines of librarianship, records management and archives, their theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional approaches; understand and apply in practice established and developing knowledge and professional practice; extend the boundaries of knowledge through academic research and have developed a commitment to continuing research, both work-based and academic
- Apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to information management issues
- Understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the information management sectors; apply best practice in servicing the needs of users of libraries, records and archives; 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 both the public and private sectors
- Assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of the librarian, records manager or archivist; 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; develop a commitment to professional research and publication within the librarianship, records management and archives sectors
- Think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of librarianship, records management, and archiving
- 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 information professionals
- Apply as appropriate the professional skills of librarians, records managers and archivists; work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership; understand and demonstrate professional behavior; 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 record keeping throughout the continuum to ensure efficiency and compliance.
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