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Information Science

About us

Background 
Our Department was established in 1955 and was the first of its kind to successfully offer education in Library and Information Science through distance education. Through distance education we enable thousands of students in South Africa and abroad to practice their jobs while improving their levels of competence. 

The need to remain on the cutting edge is increased by developments in science and technology on the one hand, and by society's need for access to information on the other. The Department of Information Science responds to this by producing graduates capable of providing professional services in the gathering, organizing, accessing, repackaging and managing information as a valuable resource.

Our education and training focuses prominently on careers in the areas of library and information services, archives, museums and a host of private endeavours which are explained under Career Opportunities. 

What is Information Science? 
Information Science addresses the relationship between information, people and society. It explains the nature, uses and value of information. Information Science has universal appeal and can be applied in any context. 

Why should I study Information Science?
Information is the key to success in any situation, whether it be work or leisure. Information is important on all levels of life and enables people to make informed decisions and to solve problems. 

What are the objectives of Information Science?

  • to understand the information phenomenon
  • to become aware of information sources and services and their use
  • to organise and retrieve information
  • to determine information needs of individuals and communities
  • to use information technology
  • to manage information
  • to understand the value of information
  • to market information
  • to understand the information infrastructure and information policy
  • to become information literate

What school subjects are required for admission?
Any combination of subjects will allow you to qualify for admission to the Information Science and Applied Information Science courses. 

How do I compile my curriculum for the BA and BINF degrees?
There are many courses that you could combine with Information Science if you wish to work in the information field. Should you wish to become an Information Professional in the public or private sector you could for instance, compile your curriculum to make the course fully career-effective as follows: 

  • Information Science I,II,III and Applied Information Science I
  • Archival Science I, II and III
  • Communication I,II, III and Communication Law
  • Course I and II in another subject (eg Theory of Literature, Linguistics, Education, Psychology, Sociology or a language)