Qualification
Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science (Information and Library Studies) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP701005

It is often said that we are living in the Information Age. You can help to play an important role in today’s information society as a library and information studies professional. With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information and Library Studies, you will be information literate, with the research, statistical analysis and problem solving skills that are sought after in a wide variety of roles. You will gain discipline-specific knowledge and skills in organising and managing information, including communication and computing skills.

This qualification is recognised by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) for the purposes of professional registration and is accredited by Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA). You can apply for professional membership with RIMPA when you graduate with selected courses. Visit the qualification page on our website for more information.

Qualification Update

New Students

OP701005 Bachelor of Applied Science (Information and Library Studies) is closed new students. 

If you are interested in studying a degree in Information and Library studies, please click on the link to find out about our new programme, OP7040 Bachelor of Library and Information Studies.

Current students

If you were already enrolled in OP701005 Bachelor of Applied Science (Information and Library Studies) prior to 23 October 2017, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.

Please note, to be awarded this qualification you will need to have completed all courses that make up the programme by the end of Trimester 1, 2023. 

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, or have any questions, please contact us

 

 



  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • 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 $13,140 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 OP701005 Bachelor of Applied Science (Information and Library Studies)

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

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

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

Course Order

Course Code

Course Title

Level

Credits

1

72140

Business Communication

5

20

2

72142

Or

LIS502

Accessing Information

Navigating and Using Information

5

20

3

72160

Statistical Analysis

5

20

4

73213

Research Methods and Interpretation

6

20

5

71155

Business Computing

5

20

6

72170

Or

LIS501

The Information Industry

The Information Environment

5

20

7

72171

Or

LIS506

Library Systems and Processes

Collection Management in Libraries

5

20

8

72175

Or

LIS507

Principles of Records Management

Principles of Records Management

5

20

9

72271

Or

LIS601

User Education and Reference Skills

Empowering People and Communities

6

20

10

71255

 

Or

LIS608

Principles of Information Management

Principles of Information Management

6

20

11

72270

Or

LIS603

Information Sources and Services

Knowledge Organisation Systems

6

20

12

72370

Or

LIS701

Information Issues

Critical Perspectives for Library and Information Professionals

7

20

13

72371

 

Or

LIS702

Policy and Planning for Information Services

Strategy and Planning in Information Organisations

7

20

14

72374

Social Informatics

7

20

15

74342

Or

74347

Research Paper

Practicum

7

20

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will have:

  • knowledge of the underpinnings of librarianship and/or other information management areas translated into contemporary contexts
  • information literacy, problem solving and communication skills
  • knowledge of information technology as a tool in the provision of information and information services
  • management skills in an information context, including policy development and change management
  • an understanding of, and the ability to deal with, contemporary issues in the information services professions.

You will also have an understanding of librarianship and/or records management practices as well as an awareness of advances in information management and technology, and changing methods in the communication and management of information services worldwide. 

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of library and information services as a librarian, information specialist, cataloguer, archivist or records manager.

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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