No artifact can be preserved forever. However, the utility of items of historical, cultural and scientific significance can be made to outlive their physical lifetimes through rigorous and accurate documentation. Most of the times, the usefulness of information cannot be fully realized at face value. The amount of information available around us is simply too huge for us to appreciate or make use of; there must be a way to sift only the most relevant data from all the clutter. And this is where documentation studies come in.
As a scientific discipline in its own right, documentation studies seek to create efficient way to collect, store, index, preserve, retrieve, curate and dispense data. From a historical perspective, documentation studies can be seen as the natural by-product of the advancement of science; documentation specialists are responsible for the technology allowing books and digital data to be sorted and retrieved remotely with much ease.
Graduates of Master in Documentation Studies typically find employment in library, museums, archives and internet companies. The field of documentation studies is highly related to the better known information science and information technology. Indeed, it can be argued that the latter two are descendant disciplines of documentation studies. There are relatively fewer universities that offer Master in Documentation Studies programs as compared to other archival science degree. It can be argued that the degrees are related only differing in theoretical construct.
Digital Library and Information Services. Students will understand the significance of digital libraries in their own context, manage the transition of services to the digital sphere, and develop new digital services to satisfy the needs of their clientele. [+]
Master’s programme: Library and Information Science, Digital Library and Information Services
Would you like to work at the leading edge of information and library practice? Would you be interested in helping people to make sense of the cyberspace that is becoming so important in their work and lives? Do you want to have all the treasures of human knowledge, acquired through the ages, at your fingertips? This programme will help you to choose your mission and place in life. It offers exciting possibilities of finding the job of your dreams. Digital library and information services in many different sectors, from public and academic libraries to global business and children’s libraries are now seeking staff who have been prepared to work in the digital environment. The knowledge and skills you acquire will be useful in any of these areas because of the pervasive and omnipresent nature of digital resources. You will be the one to lead people to the information they really need. Digital libraries are increasingly significant throughout the world in the provision of information not only to local audiences, but internationally. They are developed by existing library services, by governmental and commercial organizations. Therefore, we offer this programme on a part-time, distance learning basis, to answer the need for professional competence in this area, in a mode that is appropriate for anyone, anywhere in the world. Following the programme, students will be able to understand the significance of digital libraries in their own context, manage the transition of services to the digital sphere, and develop new digital services to satisfy the needs of their clientele. The programme draws upon the excellence of faculty members in Sweden’s leading school of library and information science.... [-]
All Postgraduate Diplomas at West Dean can be transferred to the MA Degree programmes, extending your study from one academic year to a full calendar year. In February, [+]
Digital Library Learning (DILL) is a two-year international master’s programme for elite information professionals to provide them with the skills and competencies necessary to navigate through the [+]
Master in Digital Library Learning
Digital Library Learning (DILL) is a two-year international master’s programme for elite information professionals to provide them with the skills and competencies necessary to navigate through the rapidly evolving world of digital libraries. It is offered in cooperation between Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia), and the University of Parma (Italy). Students will spend at least one semester at each institution. The first semester starts with a summer school, and takes place in Oslo, Norway. For the second semester, students are in Tallinn, Estonia. The third semester contains a second summer school, and takes place in Parma, Italy. Students will also do an international internship during this time.... [-]