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MANAGEMENT AND DIRECTION OF LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SERVICES

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Introduction

Several factors are required to devise an appropriate information system: in-depth knowledge of an organization and its environment; a team of professionals with the right skills to provide quality services; the establishment of assessment systems; the acquisition and management of the financial resources needed to set up the system; and the ability to establish a dissemination method to ensure that the services reach the right audience. To respond to new environments and requirements, professionals are needed who can network and lead multidisciplinary teams in collaborative, joint projects involving several organizations.
The main objective of the master's degree in Management and Direction of Libraries and Information Services is to provide comprehensive, specialized professional training for university graduates from all areas of knowledge, as well as managers of libraries and other information services. The course also offers specialized training for holders of degrees in information and documentation and diplomas in library and information science who do not have the specialized training or specific qualifications needed for management-level positions.

In the current context, a good library manager is a person who can transform the library into the heart of an organization; has an up-to-date, global approach to the position; knows how to manage processes of change; has negotiation, communication and collaboration skills; and can train, manage and coordinate teams.

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to design and manage information systems and to manage projects, human resources and financial resources in any public or private information unit. In addition, they will be able to implement and manage quality processes to ensure that an organization's objectives are met.

They will be able to work independently and manage service companies that can draw up comprehensive projects for information and document management in companies and organizations.
Information units (libraries, archives and documentation centres) and information systems must meet the needs of their users and clients and should keep up to speed with technological developments. To achieve this, the professionals that manage these units must have the knowledge required to manage human, financial and other resources so that the unit can meet these needs and provide suitable services and circuits for the organization's environment.

Learning objectives

The aim of this master's degree is to train specialists who can design and manage information systems, manage projects, and manage human and financial resources in all kinds of public and private information units, where they will also be able to implement and manage quality processes to ensure that the organization's objectives are met.

The degree aims to train experts in strategic planning, assessment, service marketing, and quality and resources management (human, material, economic and financial, technological and information resources, infrastructure, etc.). It also provides skills and competences applicable to the organizational development, leadership and executive management of libraries and other public and private information departments and systems (library networks, consortia, archives, newspaper archives, map collections, etc.) across a wide range of specializations and sectors.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan (70%) and Spanish (30%)
Number of places available:
 30
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2018-2019
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Library and Information Science
Remarks
 New admissions are not being accepted for the academic year 2016-2017.
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