University of South Australia

Information Management

Interested in Information Management?

Information is one of the most vital, strategic assets of an organisation.

UniSA Information Management degrees offer you a learning environment informed by industry and relevant professional practice. The degrees are accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Archivists, and Records and Information Management Professionals Australia.

This course is ideal if you are a professional looking to gain employment in the library and information management sector. UniSA has a unique partnership with the State Records of South Australia, allowing you to gain a qualification that is strongly aligned with the needs of industry.

You can tailor your studies to suit your busy life, with flexible options such as part-time and online study.

Key features

  • Developed in conjunction with the State Library of South Australia and State Records of South Australia.
  • Benefit from experiential learning through practical field work projects.
  • Our information management degrees are the only degrees of their kind in South Australia.
  • 100 percent of our assessed research rated at or above world-class, according to 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.
  • Accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Archivists, and Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities1, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Why UniSA?

The Information Management programs have a strong foundation in contemporary professional practice, offering a learning environment informed by industry and relevant professional practice. They have been developed and are delivered in partnership with industry – in particular the State Records of South Australia, and the UniSA Library.

You can improve your employment prospects and professional standing with a degree that’s accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Archivists and Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia.

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.

UniSA offers a number of information management programs within the Library and Information Management and Archives and Records Management areas. These include 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.

UniSA offers the following Information Management degrees

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Your career

Within the Information Management sector, there is predicted growth in new jobs. A 2018 report1 from the Australian Library and Information Association states that qualifications are becoming increasingly important in Library Management. 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. Similarly, by 2020 in Australia, roles in archives and records management are predicted to grow by 1,000 to 7,800 roles2.

Careers to 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

2 Australian Government Department of Employment: Occupation projections

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university; our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

UniSA also has extensive research strengths and partnerships that provide a strong foundation for all our degree programs.

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.


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Master of Information Management (Library and Information Management) student Taish Shaw discusses her experience of studying at the University of South Australia.

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What others are saying

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

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Dr Diane Velasquez