Master of Library and Information Science (by Coursework)

MLIS programme is the first of such programme in Malaysia. It began in 1992 aiming at producing future professionals who can meet the diverse needs of the information market. It can also be pursued on part-time basis by taking courses in the evenings and over the weekend. Working librarians, information managers, teachers, government officers, etc. who wish to enhance their competencies in any particular area may enroll in courses based on their interests. This programme is designed to provide multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary library and information science for students regardless of their first degree.

Programme Description

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Why Study Library and Information Science in IIUM?

* This area of library and information science is becoming more important in a wide spectrum of services to the public, education, research and development and industry.

* Information professionals are required to mediate between information sources and users

* The demand for information and knowledge workers is increasing to ensure the effectiveness of instructional process, research and development, and management decision making at any level.

* Recent trends in the development of educational and knowledge-based organizations also indicate various career opportunities for the future of library and information professionals.

* Statistics shows that there is almost a 99 percent rate of employment of our graduates since 1992.

* MLIS is an accredited degree programme in the Public Service Department scheme of service.

* The programme offers both morning, evening and weekend classes for full time and part-time students.

Career Opportunities

Librarians and information professionals work in many posts of information-related jobs in government and non government agencies, corporations, law firm, advertising agencies, museums, professional associations, medical centers, hospitals, religious organizations, research laboratories and many others.

Therefore, career opportunities in the field of library and information science will include:
* Professional librarian in :-
- Business & industry information centers
- Academic libraries and college libraries
- Public libraries
- School libraries
- Special libraries
- Resource centers in government and non-government sectors
- Information professional in private sectors:-
- Information searching and retrieval, packaging & marketing
- Publishing industry
- Designers, administrators, producer & promoters of database
- Management of information resources
- Information professional in the areas of teaching, research and consultancy

* Librarians and information specialists with computer and information systems skills can work as automated-systems librarians, system librarians, planning and operating computer systems, and information architect librarians, designing information storage and retrieval systems and collection development, organizing, interpreting and classifying information.

* Librarians and information professionals are also applying their information management and research skills to areas outside of libraries for example, database development, reference tool development, information systems, publishing, internet coordination, marketing, web content management and design, knowledge management and training of database users.

* Jobs requiring similar analytical, organizational and communicative skills include archivists, curators and museum technicians, computer and information scientists.

* Recent trends of development of information utilities and brokering agencies also indicate career choices for the future library and information professionals.

Area of Specialization


Student in the programme may focus on specific area of interest:
* Knowledge Management
* Legal Informatics
* Information Retrieval
* Business Informatics
* Medical Informatics
* Web-based Information and Metadata
* ICT Application in Information Services
* School Resource Centre
* Management of Information Institutions

List of Courses

Some of the courses offered in MLIS programme:

* Information Sources and Services
* Information Resources Development
* Management of Information Institutions
* Management of Information Resources Centres
* Cataloguing and Classification of Knowledge 1
* Cataloguing and Classification of Knowledge 2
* Application of Information Technology in Libraries
* Research Methods in Library and Information Science
* Indexing and Abstracting
* Records and Archives Management
* Measurement and Evaluation
* Information Retrieval
* Web-based Information Design and Development
* Planning of Library and Information Systems and Services
* Library Services for Children and Young Adults
* Information Processing and Database Development
* Management of Automated Systems
* Telecommunication and Networking
* Artificial Intelligence and Information Systems
* Digital Library
* Knowledge Management
* Public Information and e-Government


Click below to download the study plan for this programme.
Click below to download the practical training policies and procedures.

Entry Requirements


Entry Requirements

1. A good bachelor's Degree from any academic institutions recognized by the Malaysian Public Service Department (JPA) with a second class upper or equivalent.

2. A postgraduate diploma in library and information science recognized by the Malaysian Public Service Department (JPA).

3. English language proficiency at advanced level as determined by the IIUM Language Assessment Test or at least TOEFL 550 (paper based) or IELTS 6.