NZ3466 New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies FAQs

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About this qualification

  • How long will the diploma take to complete?

    Part-time and full-time enrolment options are available.

    To be awarded the qualification it must be completed in no more than 3 years of first enrolment, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

  • What types of jobs will this qualification lead to?

    Graduates can work across a range of libraries and information services.

    Career options could include library assistant, senior library assistant and assistant librarian roles and, in some settings, librarian (where a degree is not required).

  • Who is this qualification for?

    This qualification is for people who are currently working in or are interested in beginning a career in the library, records management and archives sectors.

    You will learn about how to work in people-centred ways.

    The diploma will give you the knowledge and skills to work confidently and collaboratively with individuals, families, whānau and communities.


  • What are the entry requirements for this qualification?

    You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the programme and have one of the following:

    • New Zealand University Entrance (Visit for details)
    • Passes in relevant Level 4 New Zealand Certificate or Diploma qualifications considered appropriate by the programme leader
    • An overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to these by the programme leader.
    • Passes in New Zealand certificate/diploma qualifications/ courses considered appropriate by the programme leader

    If you have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements, you may be eligible for enrolment if you have relevant previous educational, work or life experiences.

    If you don’t meet the above criteria to discuss your study options, contact us

  • Can I receive credit recognition for Open Polytechnic Information and Library Studies courses if I transfer to NZ3466 New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies?

    Students who have successfully completed courses within Open Polytechnic Information and Library Studies programmes may wish to transfer to the New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies. They can cross-credit the courses listed below (but must still adhere to the programme structure).

    72170 is equivalent to LIS501

    72142 is equivalent to LIS502

    72171 is equivalent to LIS506

    72175 is equivalent to LIS507

Course completions

  • How many courses do I need to study?

    This programme has 5 compulsory Level 5 courses and 1 elective course.

  • How are the courses delivered?

    The courses are delivered fully online.

    However, some courses include supervised practice learning activities which take place within an organisation or community setting.

    LIS504: Te Ao  Māori  in the Information Environment includes attendance at a noho marae (or an alternative learning activity).

    LIS604: Cultural Competencies in the Information Environment includes a practice learning activity.

    LIS704: Library and Information Service Professional Practice, Students undertake a period of workplace practice of up to 100 hours, in their current workplace or another suitable Library and Information Services context.


  • What is the noho marae workshop?

    A Noho marae gives students the opportunity to build the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in a bicultural context. Students will learn more about the unique place of Māori as Tangata Whenua, as well as Māori perspectives on knowledge, ownership and use of information and an awareness of key protocols (ngā tikanga me ngā kawa) on marae and other cultural spaces.

    The Noho marae occurs midway through the LIS504 course, and extends over three nights and two and a half days.

    Dates for noho marae are located under LIS504: Te Ao Māori in the Information Environment  

  • Is the noho marae workshop compulsory?

    Yes, LIS504: Te Ao  Māori  in the Information Environment includes attendance at a noho marae, however there is an alternative learning activity.