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Diploma

Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP520502

The Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) is the first of our range of information and library studies qualifications that will give you the skills to work in school, public, special or academic libraries. You will learn about the information industries (such as libraries and archives and records management), information collections and how to manage them, information literacy, information seeking and information sources and services for library clients.

Qualification Update

New Students

OP520502 Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) is closed to new students.

If you are interested in studying a diploma in Library and Information Studies, please click on the link to find out more about our new programme, NZ3466 New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies (Level 5).

Current students

If you were already enrolled in OP520502 Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) prior to 23 October 2017, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.

To be awarded this qualification you will need to have completed all courses that make up the programme by the end of Trimester 2, 2020. 

Please note, from Trimester 3 2018, there are some changes to courses that make up the programme. 

These changes will see students benefit from the latest courses developed for our new library programmes. Please be assured that any courses you have already completed will still be counted towards your qualification.

To see the course changes, please see the updated study plan below.

If you need help with choosing your courses, are interested in transferring into our new diploma, or have any questions, please contact us

 

 



  • Level 5  
    Credits 120 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $4,380 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

Updated Study Plan for OP520502 Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5)

The Open Polytechnic is updating our suite of library and information studies courses. New courses are progressively replacing previous courses in this diploma.

Please note, you may credit either the original course or the replacement course, but not both, to your diploma.

Courses affected and their equivalents are shown in the table below.

Compulsory Group

OP520502 Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5)

Compulsory courses in this programme are listed in their recommended study order. The total number of credits or courses from this section is 100 credits:

Course Order

Course Code

Course Title

Level

Credits

1

72142

Or

LIS502

Accessing Information

 

Navigating and Using Information

5

20

2

72170

Or

LIS501

The Information Industry

 

The Information Environment

5

20

3

72171

Or

LIS506

Library Systems and Processes

 

Collection Management in Libraries

5

20

4

72270

Or

LIS603

Information Sources and Services

 

Knowledge Organisation Systems

6

20

5

72271

 

Or

LIS601

User Education and Reference Skills

 

Empowering People and Communities

6

20

Electives

In addition, students are required to successfully complete one course from the courses listed below:

Course Code

Course Title

Level

Credits

71155

Business Computing

5

20

72140

Business Communication

5

20

72175

Or

LIS507

Principles of Records Management

 

Principles of Record Management

5

20

72182

Writing for the Web

5

20

74104

Introducing Humanities and Arts

5

20

74111

Aotearoa New Zealand Society

5

20

72276

Or

LIS606

Literature and Information Resources for Children and Young People

 

Reader Development

6

20

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • source and use information
  • problem-solve
  • understand and use information technology as a tool in information provision
  • provide client-focused service.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career in school, public or academic libraries as a library assistant or assistant librarian; or sole-charge librarian in a small special library or school library.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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