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Start Date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GD104 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Develop the unique and advanced skills required for librarians, and knowledge and information officers.
  • Participate in a practical field work project and a two-week placement within a library.
  • Developed in conjunction with the State Library of South Australia and State Records of South Australia.
  • Flexible study opportunities, including part time and online.
  • 100 per cent of our assessed research rated at or above world-class1.
  • The only graduate diploma of its kind in South Australia.
  • Accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Archivists and Records, and Information Management Professionals Australasia.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research. 



The Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Library and Information Management) is the only qualification of its kind in South Australia.

Developed in conjunction with the State Library and State Records of South Australia, it offers a learning environment informed by industry and relevant professional practice.

If you decide to exit this qualification having completed the first four courses you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Information Management. If you finish this qualification and want to do further study, consider going on to the Master of Information Management (Library and Information Management).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn the most contemporary practical applications of information theory, have the opportunity to do a practical field work project and a two-week placement in a library.

You will also do an information management project and a two-week industry placement.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Information Management Professional Practice INFS 5087 4.5
Technological Foundations INFS 5107 4.5
Information Management Foundations INFS 5104 4.5
Managing Collections INFS 5076 4.5
Information Resources and Services INFS 5079 4.5
Organising Resources INFS 5077 4.5
Information Management Experience Reports INFS 5086 0
Information Management Project INFS 5067 4.5 Note(s): 1
One of the following four courses:
Reading and Readers' Advisory LIBR 5013 4.5
Digital Literacy INFS 5103 4.5
Metadata INFS 5126 4.5
Information Advocacy INFS 5125 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • essays and assignments
  • group projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


UniSA’s research centres, institutes and concentrations provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

Why Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Library and Information Management)

Why this Degree

This graduate diploma is accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Archivists and Records, and Information Management Professionals Australasia.

You will develop an advanced understanding of library and resource management, focusing on how libraries and other information agencies work in the 21st century. The areas include management, reference, collection management, technology, cataloguing and classification.

Real-world connections

The University of South Australia has more than 200 industry partners. In your courses you will have opportunities to get real-world experience through projects and placements with our partners.

The graduate diploma degree has a strong foundation in contemporary professional practice. It has been developed and is delivered in partnership with industry – in particular the State Library of South Australia, State Records of South Australia, and the UniSA Library. Staff members from each of these industry partners teach and guest lecture in the courses, melding theory and practice and creating a convergence between librarianship, records management, and archives.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Career outcomes

Your career

This qualification will get you on the pathway to a career in libraries, archive and records management, or teacher librarianship.

A 2018 report1 from the Australian Library and Information Association states that that qualifications are becoming increasingly important in this sector. There will be a small increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for unqualified staff.

Careers you could consider:

  • librarian: managing and resourcing a branch library, a section of a large library, a small special library, or a research program; supervising and leading staff; providing expert advice on strategic information management; managing major projects such as information technology systems
  • records manager: managing the storage and maintenance organisational records; maintaining the legal requirements of record keeping and freedom of information; ensuring the responsible and appropriate disposal of records
  • archivist: authenticating and appraising historical documents and archival materials; maintaining accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases; locating new materials and organising their acquisition and display.

1 ALIA – LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report 2018

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program has been granted Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Gold reaccreditation. Students must complete a work placement for a minimum ten day duration.

This program is professionally accredited by Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am the Program Director of Library & Information Management and Business Information Management at the University of South Australia.

I work with post graduate students and industry to make sure that our programs are relevant to library and information management, archives, and records management professionals. We make sure our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that make them valued in the work place in Australia or internationally.

Dr Diane Velasquez

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Diane Velasquez

Dr Diane Velasquez

Program Director


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What others are saying

The great thing about information management is that it can take you in so many directions and down so many career paths. I’m really interested in special collections and the way libraries, archives, galleries and museums can open our history and culture to the community through these collections. I also really enjoyed that we were able to do some of the classes with the State Library of South Australia, which meant we were exposed to some incredible collections and organisations. I was fortunate enough to secure my position as a Graduate Library Officer before I graduated. However, now that I have completed my studies, I feel confident about applying for higher level positions and seeking more challenges.

Rebecca Bell

Master of Information Management, Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Library and Information Management)

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Rebecca Bell

Master of Information Management, Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Library and Information Management)