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Department of Library and Information Science​​​

The Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Western Cape, like its parent institution, is alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow from hope to agency through knowledge..

Its mission is to contribute significantly towards the development of an information literate South African society. Therefore, it focuses on educating and training Library and Information service personnel while maintaining well-recognized international standards in its curricula.

In order to redress the inequities of the past the Department lays great emphasis on helping individuals from the educationally and economically disadvantaged communities to acquire professional education and training in LIS.

It aims to help conserve and explore the environmental and cultural resources of the Southern African region, and to encourage a wide awareness of them in the community by making its graduates and diplomates not only literate in the printed and electronic sources of information but also in the vast wealth of information in the oral traditions.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The programmes on offer are The Bachelor of Library & Information Studies (BLIS), The Post Graduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies (PGDLIS), The Masters in Library & information Studies (MLIS), and Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science.



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