bachelor of library and information studies

1.0 Programme description

Increasingly, information work requires high levels of IT knowledge and skills. The blurring of traditional boundaries between the professions has seen a growing need for those involved with the acquisition, dissemination and preservation of information in all its formats to have a broad understanding of the technical infrastructure supporting these roles, as well as an in-depth knowledge of how people access information and the tools necessary to ensure this is done as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Graduates of this course will enter the workforce with high level skills and knowledge that will enable them to be at the forefront of the evolving library and information professions. In addition, with this background, the range of opportunities open to graduates is large, covering traditional areas such as university or public libraries, to research organizations, commercial firms, the cultural heritage sector and a range of IT related enterprises.

The Bachelor of Library and Information Studies is a three-year course that consists of:

  • A range of core Courses giving a thorough grounding in all essential aspects of information technology,
  • Close to 600 hours of work experience (industrial training), giving on-the-job experience in design and practical or research aspects of systems development,
  • A major project in the third year, in which you apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills to the development of a solution to a substantial practical problem proposed by leading industry and university-based practitioners; and,
  • A number of electives, which enable you to specialize your degree further, or develop other areas of interest.

2.0 Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Library and Information Studies will be to enable graduates to:

  • Develop analytical and evaluative skills towards Library Science, Records and Information practices;
  • Develop and Implement Library and Information Science policies and training programmes for their organizations;
  • Understand the discipline-base and interpersonal contexts of Library, Records and Information Science;
  • Liaise between general management and computer professionals to meet the information requirements of an organization;
  • Communicate effectively with computer professionals and use computers as a tool in there day to day activities in Library and Information Science;
  • Manage information resources and information institutions;
  • Develop and advise on information-based solutions to changing organizational needs;
  • Monitor the availability of new information-handling approaches and technology and their applicability to specific employment environments

3.0 Learning outcomes

By the end of the prograrmme graduates should be able to: Following successful completion of the BLIS programme (Specialisation of Library Science).
The learner is expected to have:

  • Enhanced critical thinking, analytical and interpersonal abilities necessary for the increasingly diverse society and the global economy of managing modern libraries .
  • Have sufficient professional-specific skills and knowledge to make an immediate contribution to the organization in which they are hired.
  • Develop the ability to assess and analyze Library Science principles and practices in management issues

4.0 Programme structure

year one

semester one
course code Module Name
BLS 111 Management of Information Institutions and Services
BBA 113 Business Administration
BIT 110 Information Systems and Technologies
BJC 110 Communication Skills
BBA 115 Financial Accounting
BLS 122 Foundations of Information Studies
semester two
course code Module Name
BIT 121 Introduction to Database Systems
BLS120 Library Operations
BLS 121 Information Entrepreneurship
BLS 122 Information Organization and Processing
BIT 122 Internet Technology & Web Design
BLS 123 Community Information Systems and Services

year two

semester one
course code Module Name
BLS 210 Information Classification I: Theory and Practice (DDC)
BLS 211 Information Cataloging I: Theory and Practice (AACR2 & Dublin Core)
BLS 212 IFoundations of Publishing and Editing
BLS 213 Office Organization and Management
BLS 214 Preservation and Conservation of Information Materials
BLS 214 Indexing and Abstracting
semester two
course code Module Name
BLS 221 Information Cataloging II: Theory and Practice (FRBR, RDA, LCRI, & MARC21)
BLS 222 Information Classification II: Theory and Practice (Library of Congress, UDC & Colon)
BLS 223 Information Seeking and Reference services
BLS 224 Research Methodology 1
BLS 225 Library Administration
BLS 226 Geographical Information Systems
BLS 227 Practicum(Will prepare students for their internship as well as selecting specialization for yr 3

year three

semester one
course code Module Name
BLS 310 Legal Aspects in Information Setting
BLS 311 Research Methods 2
BLS 312 Basic Statistics for libraries and Reporting
BLS 313 Marketing of information Agencies
BLS 314 Automated and Digital Library Systems
BLS315 Marketing of Information Agencies
BIM 317 Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
BIM 318 Management Information Systems
BIM 319 Gender and Information Management
BRM 320 Principles of Records and Archival Management
BRM 321 Management of Health Records
BRM 322 Paper Making and Reprography
semester two
course code Module Name
BLS 320 Automation of Information Management Systems
BLS 321 Multi-Media in Information Setting
BLS 322 Supplies and Inventory Management
BLS 323 Research Project
BLS 323 Managing Information Collections
BLS 324 Special Librarianship
BIM 325 Government Information Resources and Systems
BIM 326 Analysis of Information Systems
BRM 327 Management of Museums
BRM 328 Financial Records Management