Start Date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GD128 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Study the only Information Management Teacher Librarianship program in Australia.
  • Gain specialist skills as a teacher to be equipped and trained in how to run and work in a school library.
  • Develop an understanding of information systems in effective management, preservation and archiving of digital and physical records and information, and strategic management of an organisation’s information assets.
  • Graduate industry ready with a practical field work project and a two-week placement in the Information Management sector.
  • Available 100% online, in either part or full-time study mode.
  • 100 per cent of our assessed research rated at or above world-class1.

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



Be introduced to the concepts, skills, knowledge and abilities of running a school library. Develop the skills to forecast, plan, facilitate and evaluate appropriate resource management to library and information services.

There is a teacher shortage as well as a teacher librarian shortage nationwide. Primary school and secondary school teacher librarians are both specialisations noted on the national, state and territory skill shortage list. In the only Teacher Librarianship Information Management program in Australia, you will continue learning through a professional development scheme, and demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of professional practise through a culture of research, evidence-based information practice and knowledge retention. You will expand knowledge according to the state of research and practice in information behaviour. You will develop your skills and understanding that learning is an ongoing process in an environment where technology and theories are constantly being updated.

This graduate diploma is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification. 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 (Teacher Librarianship).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will graduate with an understanding of librarianship in the areas of academic, public and school librarianship. Electives for Teacher Librarianship students will include library and archives courses, business, education and IT related courses. This degree will enable you to develop communication skills, specifically in managing cross-functional and inter-organisational teams, with professional independence.

You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of Information Management in a global environment with specific understanding of cultural, social and ethical issues in information asset management. You will develop the skills to comprehend the ethical, legal and policy issues that are relevant to the sector.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Semester 1
Information Management Professional Practice INFS 5087 4.5
Technological Foundations INFS 5107 4.5
Information Management Foundations INFS 5104 4.5
Information Discovery and Evaluation INFS 5139 4.5
Semester 2
Information Management Experience Reports INFS 5086 0 Rule(s): 1
Information Management Project INFS 5067 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Readers' Advisory and Collections INFS 5140 4.5
Digital Literacy INFS 5103 4.5
Information Description and Discovery INFS 5138 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, as well as to 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
  • assignments
  • group projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Teacher Librarianship)

Why this Degree

This degree offers you a learning environment informed by industry and relevant professional practice.

You will be exposed to the most recent practical applications of theory including visiting practitioner lecturers, and assessment items that require students to visit information management organisations (including libraries, archives, museums, or records management organisations).

You will complete an Information Management project with an industry partner as well as a 2-week fieldwork placement. The project will allow you to develop, promote and evaluate either records management, archiving, preservation, school library programs for the community, public or academic libraries, or other types of special libraries. You can choose to undertake your 2-week placement on a part or full-time basis which allows flexibility with your personal time commitments.

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.

This master degree has a strong foundation in contemporary professional practice. 

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.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing 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 individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

This qualification will get you on the pathway towards a career in libraries, or information management.

Careers you could consider:

  • Librarians
  • Knowledge and Information Management Officers
  • Record Managers
  • Teacher Librarians
  • Preservation Managers
  • Archivists
  • Information Managers

Industry facts


Employment for Librarians is expected to grow moderately by 5.9% (600 jobs) by 2026

(Labour Market Insights, 2022)


Librarians are identified as 1 of 25 emerging occupations

(National Skills Commission, 2021)

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 spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

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