Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM237 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Specialise in advanced skills required for teacher librarians, including concepts, skills, knowledge and abilities in managing a school library.
  • Participate in a practical field work project and a two-week placement within a school library.
  • The only degree of its kind in South Australia.
  • Online only program including part and full-time study options.
  • 100% of our assessed research rated at or above work-class1.
  • Develop an understanding of Information Management in a global environment with specific understanding of cultural, social and ethical issues in information asset management.

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



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

There is a teaching shortage as well as a teacher librarian shortage nationwide. This degree is focussed on upskilling students who have already completed teaching degree, with the sole focus on the library and information management courses needed to run a school library.

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.

You will gain an understanding of information systems in the areas of professional Information Management involving effective management, preservation and archiving of digital and physical records and information, strategic management of an organisation’s information assets. This degree will give you opportunities to develop intellectual and professional independence, apply knowledge and theories to practical solutions, provide practical solutions and relevant evidence to support any solutions.

The Teacher Librarianship specialisation prepares graduates for a career as a teacher librarian if a Bachelor or Master of Teaching has been completed. The degree 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 degree having completed the first four courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Information Management. If you have completed the first nine courses, you will receive the Graduate Diploma in Information Management (Teacher Librarianship).

There is the option to complete a research paper on a topic of your choice which could result in your eligibility to apply for a PhD.

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.

You will learn from academic staff who include their own relevant research to bridge the theory-practice divide.

Depending on your career focus, you will also complete one of the projects below which enable you to be inspired by a project that may solve a problem or shed some light on something in your own workplace that is meaningful to you.


Professional focus – Information Management Project

  • a professional research project in collaboration with an industry partner
  • work in a structured project team and gain practical experience in modern information management techniques and practices
  • supervised by an on-site supervisor and a UniSA course coordinator or supervisor

Research focus – IM Masters Research Project

  • develop an in-depth understanding of a topic agreed upon with a supervisor
  • devise the research question(s), develop a proposal for research methodology (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed) and analyse findings
  • write a research paper with a sound argument and relevant supporting evidence
  • supervised by a UniSA course coordinator or supervisor

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): 2
Readers' Advisory and Collections INFS 5140 4.5
Digital Literacy INFS 5103 4.5
Information Description and Discovery INFS 5138 4.5
Semester 1
Elective 1 4.5
Elective 2 4.5
Information Advocacy INFS 5125 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Semester 2
Elective 3 4.5
Metadata INFS 5126 4.5
IM Masters Research Project INFS 5124 9 Note(s): 1

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 Master of Information Management (Teacher Librarianship)

Why this Degree

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

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 study several elective courses to further develop your chosen area of professional interest, and also develop a profound understanding of digital literacy, metadata, marketing and social media, reading and readers' advisory and scholarly communications.

The degree culminates in a research project or minor research thesis.

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

In South Australia, the primary places where graduates would get jobs are in independent and Catholic schools (both primary and secondary), and in government schools at the secondary level. Careers to consider may also include:

  • Librarians
  • Information Officers
  • Knowledge Management Officers
  • Records Managers
  • Teacher Librarians
  • Preservation Managers
  • Information Managers
  • Archivists

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.

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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Dr Diane Velasquez

Program Director


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