OP7040 Bachelor of Library & Information Studies FAQs

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About this Qualification

  • 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 degree will give you the knowledge and skills to work confidently and collaboratively with individuals, families, whanau and communities.


  • How long will the degree take to complete?

    You can study the programme part-time currently, and full-time study will become available at a later stage.

    To be awarded the qualification it must be completed in no more than 9 years of first enrolment, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

  • Can I study fulltime?

    Part-time enrolment options are currently available. Full-time options will be available at a later stage

Course Completions

  • 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).

    LIS704: Library and Information Service Professional Practice students undertake a period of professional practice of around 75 hours in a Library and Information Services context. Information can be found in the course handbook.

  • How many courses do I need to study?

    The Bachelor of Library and Information Studies programme structure includes 15 compulsory courses, and 3 elective courses.


  • 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 nzqa.govt.nz 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.

    Contact us if you don’t meet the above criteria to discuss your study options.

  • Advanced standing - graduates of OP5205 and OP6208

    Graduates of OP5205 and OP6208 are eligible for advanced standing – to apply for advanced standing please use this form: 


  • Can I receive credit recognition for Open Polytechnic Information and Library Studies courses if I transfer to the Bachelor of Library and Information Studies?

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


    71255 is equivalent to LIS608
    72142 is equivalent to LIS502
    72170 is equivalent to LIS501
    72171 is equivalent to LIS506
    72175 is equivalent to LIS507
    72251 is equivalent to LIS604
    72270 is equivalent to LIS603
    72271 is equivalent to LIS601
    72272 is equivalent to LIS611
    72274 is equivalent to LIS610
    72275 is equivalent to LIS609
    72276 is equivalent to LIS606
    72277 is equivalent to LIS607
    72370 is equivalent to LIS701
    72371 is equivalent to LIS702


  • 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  

    There is currently an alternative practical learning activity being used until further notice. 

  • 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 if you are unable to attend.