MSc Digital Library Management

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

If you're considering a career in information and library management, a masters from Sheffield can give you the grounding you need. If you're an experienced professional, we can enhance your skills.

Sheffield is a world-leader in the field of information systems. Our research in areas such as health informatics, e-business, digital technology and social media influences the way businesses, governments and individuals interact.

Our masters courses develop well-rounded professionals. We can bring you up to speed with the latest technology and management techniques. But we're also deeply concerned with the social, ethical and moral implications of the data revolution.


About the course

This CILIP-accredited course is about the creation, management and use of digital libraries and resources.

It will introduce you to the strategic thinking and project management skills you need for a successful career. You'll learn about digitisation, repositories, web creation and how to design digital libraries people want to use.

The course is research-led, which means that you'll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field.

Alongside the theory and technical skills, you'll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

The course combines lectures from academics and professionals, seminars, small-group work and computer labs.

We can also help you to develop leadership and management capabilities.

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Designing Usable Websites
  • Digital Multimedia Libraries
  • Management and Strategy for Digital Libraries
  • Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation

Optional modules

These include:

  • Research Data Management
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • E-Business and E-Commerce
  • Database Design

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Online discussion
  • Case studies
  • Lectures by visiting speakers

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Small projects
  • In-class tests
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Group work
  • Research-based dissertation

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Digital Library Management student at the Information School

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a good 2:2 in any subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Learning environment

Our dedicated departmental teaching suite contains two networked laboratories with 60 computers, a 30-seat lecture room and our brand new iLab, designed for research into human–computer interaction.

The iSpace is an open plan, social learning area for staff and students. It has display facilities, open-access PCs and bookable partitioned group work areas. You can connect your laptop to our wireless network.

For research, the Michael Lynch Research Computing Laboratory has networked PCs and UNIX-based workstations. We're right in the middle of the campus and close to the Information Commons, so you'll be able to access the University's many resources.

How we teach

Our courses are research-led, which means you'll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field. Alongside the theory and technical skills, you'll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

Your career

Our graduates work for all kinds of organisations, in the public and private sectors. Some of them are independent consultants. In the information age, good information management is at the top of everyone's agenda. Employers include: Adidas, BBC, British Red Cross, Cambridge University, The Department of Health, House of Commons Library, IBM, NHS and Stanford University.

Your subject

Effective use of information improves the world and makes a positive difference to our lives. It is also central to economic development. The rapid pace of technological change and the globalisation of markets means that organisations in all sectors must realise the value of information systems. The world needs graduates who are information literate.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: ispgt@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2660/2630