Academic Programme : Department of Library Archival and Information Studies


Doctoral Degree Programme

The Department has graduated over 100 doctoral graduates since its inception over 40 years ago. The programme is open to graduates of the University of Ibadan and other universities who possess a master degree in librarianship, information science, archives and records management. Such graduates must have scored an average of over 60% in the courses taken at the master degree level and must have had some years of relevant professional practice. The candidates would take courses in the first year of study before they present their pre- field seminars.

Duration of programme The programme would normally last a period of 3 years of full time study. At the end of the study, a thesis would be submitted to the Department.

Master Degree Programme

Global happenings in the information field, burgeoning information and communication technologies and rapid changes in the labour market have been prominent factors in the drive to revise the Masters degree programmes of the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies. There is a felt need to produce professionals who are cognisant of and capable of coping with patterns of change and new competencies in their field and are able to define and articulate user needs as well as implement procedures designed to meet these needs.

The need to revise the current curriculum of the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies has also been further influenced by the ideas contained in: “Turning with the Century: New Strategic Directions for the University of Ibadan” (p.50). This important publication argues for an expansion of professional and higher degree programmes but also cautioned that such programmes should not only be more practical and more relevant to the work environment of the beneficiaries of the programmes but should also be multidisciplinary and market driven. It is in line with the above reasoning that the Department has revised its programmes. The Department now offers the following programmes:

(a) The Master in Library, Archival and Information Studies (MLIS)

(b) The Master in Archival Studies (MAS), now Masters in Archives and Records Management (MARM).

© The Master in Health Information Management (MHIM)

(d) The Master in Publishing and Copyrights Studies (MPCS)

Duration of the Master Degree Programmes

The Master degree programmes shall normally last for a minimum of three semesters and a maximum of five semesters of full time study. Part-time students may be accepted provided they can satisfy the postgraduate school that facility for their work, as part-time students are adequate. Such students will be required to spend a minimum of five and a maximum of seven semesters on the programme.

Master Degree in Library and Information Studies (Mlis)Objectives

This programme is designed to train people for professional work in various types of libraries: Schools, Universities, Polytechnics, Public and Special Libraries; Information and Documentation Centres and other organisations and institutions.

The programme is designed for:

(a) Graduates who wish to enter the field of librarianship and information studies at the full professional level and also prepare themselves for research in librarianship and related disciplines.

(b) Graduates who already possess a recognised professional qualification in

librarianship and other related fields and wish to upgrade their knowledge in this field or widen their interests in some other subject areas and prepear themselves for research in library and information works


Admission Requirements

Admission is open to graduates of this university or of other universities recognised by senate. Such graduates must have a minimum of:

(a) Second Class lower division (22) in any discipline outside librarianship.

(b) Bachelor degree in Library Studies or Information Science with a minimum of second class lower division (22).

(c) Ten years and above for matured students who have worked and who possess lower qualifications. These may also be considered. Each candidate will be examined on his or her own merit.

Candidates from category C, may not be eligible to proceed to M.Phil/Ph.D. Library experience will be an added advantage to applicants in all cases.

Master Degree in Archives and Records Management (MARM)Introduction

The Department has pioneered the teaching of conservation and preservation of library, archival and information materials in Nigeria. It added Records Management to its programme in 1988. This new revised programme has been designed to consolidate its hold and to produce trained personnel for work in government ministries and parastatals, the private sector, institutions and organisations where the services of archivists, records managers and allied professionals are required.


To train senior personnel in Archives and Records Management at an enhanced entry level to the profession. It will also cater for those who wish to do research in this discipline.

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to graduates of the University of Ibadan or other Universities recognised by senate.

(a) Graduates with a minimum of second class lower degree (22).

(b) Holders of the Bachelor’s degree in Library, Archival, Information Studies with a minimum of (22).

(c) Holders of the Higher National Diploma with an upper credit in records management and allied disciplines.

(d) Experienced archivists and records managers with less academic qualifications but with more than ten years practicing experience will be considered as the case arises. Sponsorship by a recognised institution will be an advantage.

Master Degree in Health Information Management (MHIM)Introduction

In 1995, the Education Committee of the Health Records Management Registration Board of Nigeria approached the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of Ibadan, with a proposal to start a professional master degree programme in Health Records Management to upgrade the qualification of Higher National Diploma holders and to teach the new techniques of records management, information handling and processing.

Objectives of the Programme

The specific objectives of the Health Information Management programme are to:

1. upgrade the knowledge and professional skills of Health Records Managers with

the Higher National Diploma Certificate.

2. attract other workers in the Health sector to the value of information management in Nigeria and West Africa at large. Presently, there are very few teachers with higher qualifications in the schools. A situation where Higher National Diploma holders teach Higher National Diploma students is not very healthy. It is hoped that the brighter candidates from this programme can continue into higher degrees in the Department, and those with masters – in other disciplines relevant to records and information management can continue to higher degrees as well.

3. upgrade the academic knowledge and professional skills of various practitioners in the field.

4. enable the Department organise conferences, workshops, seminars and other continuing education programmes on all aspects of Health Information Management for all those who can benefit from such programmes.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the programme will be opened to holders of:

1. B. Sc. in Science related disciplines with a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division).

2. Higher National Diploma Certificate holders with an Upper Credit in Health Records Management and related disciplines who in addition have 3 years post graduation work experience.

3. Higher National Diploma Certificate holders with lower credit in Health Records Management and related disciplines who in addition have 5 years post-graduation work experience.

4. Other Medical Professionals with the HND or equivalent qualifications at upper credit level who also have 3 years post-graduation work experience.

5. Exceptionally, matured candidates who have been in the field of Health Records Management and Biostatistics for at least ten years but with a lower credit can also be considered.

Master Degree in Publishing and Copyright Studies (MPCS)Introduction  

The need to teach copyright/intellectual property courses has been expressed as necessary and urgent by different stakeholders in the country. “Directors of academic planning and law teachers from 15 universities in the country, as well as representatives of the National Universities Commission and National Board for Technical Education have been called upon to establish programmes for the teaching of copyright in institutions of higher learning in the country. This is because copyright/intellectual property occupies a central place in international trade and commerce in the new world trade arrangements. This poses a challenge to the academic traditions of the universities, polytechnics and other relevant post secondary institutions to train students who will eventually become practitioners, policy makers and administrators” (Nigerian Copyright Commission, 1999). LARIS has in response to national needs developed a postgraduate masters degree programme in publishing and copyright studies.

Objectives of the Programme

The specific objectives of the Master degree in publishing and copyright studies are to:

(a) train publishers, editors and copyright inspectors and administrators for the publishing and electronic media industries;

(b) organise conferences, seminars, workshops, advanced courses, and other continuing education programmes for various aspects of publishing and copyright in the country and other countries in Africa; and

(c) prepare postgraduate level manpower in publishing and copyright who will assume professional positions in the private and public sectors including educational institutions and in addition to direct services, will provide supervision, administration, research, and consultative services requiring advanced perspective, technical and public relations skills and competence in publishing and copyright studies.

Target Groups

The target groups for the programme cover all those engaged or going to be engaged in the publishing and copyright industries in Nigeria and other countries of the world. They would include:

(a) Publishers and potential publishers in commercial and non-commercial publishing houses;

(b) Editors and potential editors in commercial and non-commercial publishing houses;

(c) Publications officers in government ministries, corporations, research institutes, extension agencies, universities, colleges, polytechnics, commerce and industry, other parastatals and private institutions and agencies;

(d) Publication managers in commerce and industry;

(e) Book and periodical designers, artists, illustrators, printers, booksellers, reviewers, and other professionals in the publishing industry;

(f) Publishers, government officials and other individuals and groups involved in policy making in the publishing industry;

(g) Copyright administrators, inspectors, law students and graduates, and practising lawyers; and

(h) Other groups that may be identified from time to time.

The Programme Modes

The programme will run full-time and part-time modes to meet the specific requirements of candidates within the target groups:

• Business executives and experienced people in employment but with opportunity for release for at least one or two days in a week (Part-time Mode)

• Industrially in-experienced and relatively fresh graduates (Full-time Mode)

• Special industry or company based requests

• Programme Services: Includes field trips, internships, and special projects. Job placement services available

Duration of Programme

The programme will last for a minimum of three semesters and maximum of four semesters of full-time study and minimum of four semesters and maximum of five semesters for part-time study including course work, project and three months of internship.

Admission Requirements

1. A good first degree (not less than second class lower level) of the University of

Ibadan or other institutions recognised by Senate.

2. Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electronics, Printing Technology, Fine and Graphic Arts, Business, Accountancy, Computer Science, Publishing, Mass Communication and other relevant and complementary disciplines, plus postgraduate diploma in Publishing and Copyright Studies and five years post qualification work experience in a related area will be admitted to the Terminal Degree Option (TDO) and will not proceed to a higher degree on the programme. Exceptionally experienced mature candidates with distinguished professional achievement would be considered for admission to the TDO mode.

Areas of specialization

After the successful completion of two (2) semesters full time or 3 semesters part-time of generic publishing courses, each student is required to specialise in one of the following areas:

(i) Editorial Procedures

(ii) Design and Production

(iii) Publication Marketing

(iv) Textbook and Instructional Material Publishing

(v) Magazine, Corporate and Industrial Publishing

(vi) Copyright/Intellectual Property

(vii) Electronic Publishing

(viii) Scholarly Publishing

(ix) Children's Book Publishing

(x) Publishing Management