Master of Arts in Library and Information Management (MLIM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

Program Description

Master of Arts in Library and Information Management (MLIM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Directorate of the Library Services are jointly managing a Master of Library and Information Management (MLIM) program. The syllabus for the program is designed and developed to build professional skills across the information industry and creates opportunities for specializations in a variety of disciplines. Scholars have argued that information is power and catalyst for development (Aina, 2004). Therefore, those with access to information have power over those who do not have. In essence, Master of Library and Information Management (MLIM) program is an appropriate professional training aiming at bridging this gap by producing highly qualified information professionals who will act as key players in the information industry locally and internationally.

On completing the MLIM, students should have acquired a set of knowledge and concepts, and have developed a range of technical, personal, interpersonal, organizational and generic skills, that can be applied in various contexts, both within and beyond the industry.

Educational Aims of the Program

The main objectives of this course are:

  1. To introduce students to fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques needed for effective library and information management;
  2. To develop an understanding of the methodological factors that can be used for selecting, defining, planning, controlling, and library and information resources;
  3. To impart knowledge of the basic concepts and analytical tools that underpin library and information management, records management and archival administration;
  4. To develop an understanding of the issues and approaches to designing library and information system
  5. To equip students with in-depth skills on research and statistical methods for library and information science discipline.

Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants must possess a first degree with first class or upper second class in various disciplines from accredited universities. In addition, prospective students are envisaged to be competent in the areas of elementary library and information science.

Program Design

Master of Library and Information Management (MLIM) degree is a 15 months course, 18 units program where each student shall be required to undertake six modules. This program is offered through a cycle of three semesters and six months for a dissertation.

Course Title Status OUT Units TCU Credits
Semester One
OLM600 Fundamentals of Library and Information Management Core 2 20
OLM601 Organization of Knowledge Core 2 20
OLM602 Information and Communication Technology Applications Core 2 20
Semester Two
OLM603 Records Management and Archival Administration Core 2 20
OLM604 Management of Library and Information Centers Core 2 20
OLM605 Research Methodology Core 2 20
Semester Three
OLM606 Dissertation Core 6 60
Total 18 180

Program duration

The Course duration will be for a minimum period of eighteen (18) months. Completion of the study will depend on individual efforts. However, the period for studying shall be extended by Senate if after 4 years (48 months) it is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for increasing the time.

Program mode delivery

Lectures shall be delivered through the blended learning model that combines online learning through Moodle; the learning management information system and face-to-face sessions, tests, research assignments and a research project.

Assessment Regulations

Assessment of examinations and coursework is as follows; Each module carries 100% marks. The final examination counts for 75% of the total marks. Coursework carries 25% of the total marks. A candidate shall not pass the course unless he/she attains a minimum of 50% (B) in each module.


The dissertation is an independent study done by the student under supervision. Each candidate is allocated a supervisor with whom he/she shall have regular contacts during the period of research. A candidate has to undertake an applied research in any area related to Library and Information Science under the themes to be proposed by the Department, and submit a dissertation of approximately 15,000- 20,000 words as partial fulfillment of the award of Master of Library and Information Management. In evaluating the dissertation, the approved regulations of the Open University of Tanzania regarding dissertation apply. The mode of evaluation for the dissertation comprises 100% and is evaluated independently.

Before the candidate is allowed to proceed with the thesis research phase of the Master's program, the candidate must successfully complete the coursework part with a mean overall grade of “B” or above (i.e. GPA of at least 3.0) in all chosen/pursued core courses listed.

Final Award/Graduation Requirements

The pass mark for any course shall be the attainment of grade “B” or 50%. Any candidate, who successfully completes the required modules, shall qualify upon approval by Senate, for the award of Masters of Library and Information Management of the Open University of Tanzania. If a student completes coursework with the pass mark as indicated in the university prospectus and fails to complete a dissertation in a stipulated time frame as specified in the university assessment regulations, this student will be categorized under an Exit Award with Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Management.

Cost & Fees

Non Tuition Fees

Application fee 30,000 30 30
Registration fee 50,000 100 100
ID processing 20,000 20 20
Student Organization fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 20
Quality assurance fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 40
Coursework Examination fee per paper 20,000 40 60
Plagiarism fee 20,000 20 20

Tution Fee per Unit for Taught Masters Programs

Blended mode 220,000 100 200
Facilitation fee 50 50
Dissertation fee 220,000 100 200

Note: Facilitation is meant to cater for taxes, levies, postage cost, courier services, and phone call charges.This fee is also paid by Tanzanians residing outside Tanzania.

Other Recommended Direct Student Cost For Masters by Coursework/Dissertation Students

Research/Field Costs & Consultations 1,500,000 1,000
Books 300,000 300
Stationery 100,000 100
Dissertation production 300,000 300
TOTAL 2,200,000 1,700
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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This course is Online & Campus Combined
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18 months
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Tanzania - Dar Es Salaam
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