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The history of the School explains why today it is able to offer a range
of programmes unrivalled in both depth and diversity. Set up at UCL in
1919 as the School of Librarianship, it was the first of its kind in Britain;
the study of Archive Administration was added in 1947. The MA in Library
& Information Studies and the MA in Archives & Records Management continue
to provide graduate entry respectively to a wide range of information-related
addition to these established programmes, the School has introduced within
recent years a BSc in Information Management; and specialized, conversion
and mid-career Masters' programmes (also available through Diploma and
Certificate options). Of the Masters' programmes, the MA in Records &
Archives Management (International) is geared to the needs of overseas
students, largely from the developing world; the MA in Electronic Communication
& Publishing is intended to convert graduates from other disciplines into
multimedia publishing professionals; and the MSc in Information Science
enables practising information professionals to update their skills in
the use of computers and automated systems.
The student profile is varied in terms of backgrounds and interests with
approximately one quarter of students from outside the United Kingdom.
Masters courses can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over
two years, or, in some cases, as a modular degree. Many students enter
the MA in Library & Information Studies and the MA in Archives &
Records Management after a one-year traineeship following their first
degree, but there is a growing number of older students embarking on a
change of career or acquiring a professional qualification in a field
where they already have work experience.
home students are eligible for AHRB awards and the School has a high success
rate in obtaining AHRB funding for suitably qualified candidates. Success
in finding jobs on graduation is also excellent with over ninety percent
of graduates in employment within six months of completing their courses
and the majority considerably earlier than that.
undergraduates are accepted as post-A level candidates, with a wide subject
range of A level or equivalent qualifications which reflects the multi-disciplinary
nature of the BSc. Entrance is highly competitive. Graduates from this
course frequently enter careers in business and finance, join consultancies
or set up their own businesses and their success rate in finding employment
present there are approximately twenty research students researching a
wide range of PhD topics.
The Research Students Group
meets regularly to provide an academic framework for individual postgraduate
seminars and to act as a support group.
are exposed to a wide range of learning experiences including lectures,
seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions, group work and practical exercises.
The School has a long tradition of ready access to staff by its students
and encourages an "open-door" policy. The system of personal tutors who
monitor academic and personal progress and, where necessary, raise non-confidential
matters at departmental staff or teaching committee meetings ensures regular
contact with students. All members of staff have clearly advertized office
hours when they are normally available to students.
Research at the School concentrates on the following areas:
- Classification: revision of the Universal Decimal Classification,
currently work on the revision of Theology, Physics and Chemistry, Medicine,
Social Welfare and Management. Development of the new edition of the
Guide to the UDC. Bliss Bibliographic Classification. Development of
faceted systems, and their application in electronic environments.
Bibliography and Palaeography: history of the book, history of the
book, the history of bookbinding and book structures, the history of
decorated paper, the history of the booktrade; diplomatic and medieval
Management in Archives and Libraries: conservation of archival and
library materials, mass de-acidification; training in preservation management;
problems of preservation management related to the historic character
of buildings which house libraries and archives.
guides to sources for the study of Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, bibliography
of natural history and bibliography of cartography.
and the Book Trade: significance of printing during the English
Revolution; Tony Godwin and Penguin Books; modern book trade.
Management: resource needs of pre-school settings; exploiting of
teaching and learning methods in enhancing student acquisition of management
and key transferable skills.
Records Management: European Project E-Term (European Training in
Electronic Records Management), development of teaching materials for
electronic records management, particularly by distance learning.
Library Technologies for the Humanities: computing in the humanities,
text encoding, tools for working with electronic texts, linking of XML
encoded finding aids (EAD) with full text transcriptions of documents,
electronic edition of Theophrastus (in collaboration with Dept of Greek
and Latin), handling non-standard characters.
Intelligence: applied logic, logic programming and knowledge representation;
development of formal languages, theories and computational methods
for reasoning about actions, and exploring their potential for application.
Systems: usability of OPACs, quality issues.
Usability: electronic books; user interaction with information;
information flows, networking and subject gateways via the Web in the
special interest area of human migration in the European-funded European
Migration Information Network (EMIN).
the staff profiles for recent publications.
The School is situated in the Henry Morley Building of UCL. In addition
to the departmental office, staff accommodation and lecture room, a College
computer cluster is housed on the ground floor of the building. This enables
students to access library catalogues and other information sources available
on the Internet as well as using all the central computing facilities
available to members of UCL. These include a wide range of software packages
in addition to the College's "Electronic Library", an ever-growing reference
resource of bibliographic and full-text databases.
School is fortunate in its geographical location for University College
London lies in an area rich in great collections of books, manuscripts
and other documents. Complementing the electronic environment, within
a few hundred yards of UCL are the British Library, the University of
London Library, and the many libraries of the institutes and other schools
of the University. All over London are libraries and record repositories
which are part of government, industrial, business, financial, ecclesiastical
and other institutions. Students of the School visit and work in many
of these and staff of these institutions are connected with the School
and participate in research and teaching.
updated on 9 August 2000