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Library Studies degree programme receives CILIP accreditation

6 August 2014


The MA in Library and Information Studies course at UCL Qatar has become the first degree programme of its kind in the region to be formally accredited by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

CILIP is the leading professional organisation in the United Kingdom for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers.

Dr Fred Nesta, Senior Lecturer in Library Studies and Degree Coordinator for the MA said “This is an important achievement for our programme. Master’s degrees accredited by CILIP are recognised as equivalent to an American Library Association accredited master qualification, making our graduates highly competitive internationally.”

The UCL Qatar Library and Information Studies MA is identical to the programme offered at UCL’s Department of Information Studies in London – the UK’s premier facility for the teaching of library and information studies. The programme at Qatar comprises an additional focus on the Gulf region and the local context in which students will operate as professionals, through case studies and work placement opportunities.

The one-year programme gives students a thorough grounding in the key theoretical and practical skills required to work as a leading library or information professional and develops a broad skill-set with particular focus on library and information management, collection building, cataloguing and classification.

Launched in partnership with Hamad bin Khalifa University, nine students enrolled on the programme’s first intake in 2013. A further 13 students are expected to join the programme in September 2014.