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Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management

Programme Code: HD 117 3762 0051 2214 1847 hdlim@hkuspace.hku.hk

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 66 - 407

In a global information age, exciting career opportunities exist for graduates in many organizations.

3Higher Diploma in Library & Information Management 書友會

Programme Aims & Features

This programme looks at how information is organized, described, accessed and used with the main purpose of connecting people to the information that they need.

The programme consists of two themes: Library Management and Information Management. The Library Management theme provides a comprehensive training in library management, while the Information Management theme includes some information technology related subjects.

Site visits to libraries and organizations in Hong Kong and the vicinity are arranged for students to observe real-life operations. Electives subjects are offered for students to specialize in areas of interest, e.g. Database Applications, Records Management, Services for Children, etc.

Internship

The programme team organizes job placements for all students to prepare them for future employment.

Mentorship

This tailor-made mentorship programme fosters relationships between experienced librarians and students. It aids in the professional development of students.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2016 Overall Progression Rate: 63%

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of the past three years articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong
BA 
BSc Information Management
           
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BSSc Global Studies
            
The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
            
City University of Hong Kong
BSc (Hons) Applied Physics
                      
Lingnan University
BSocSc

 

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

 
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
BSc (Hons) Information Management (Top-up)
BSc (Hons) Information and Communications (Top-up)

Graduates can apply to study the Part-time Bachelor of Information Studies, programme jointly offered by the HKU SPACE and Charles Sturt University (Exemption of more than 1/3 of the total credits).

Career Prospects

Potential career opportunities include: librarian in academic, special, public, and school libraries; information manager, knowledge management executive, records manager, research analyst, etc.

Professional Recognition

Students are student members of the Hong Kong Library Association. Graduates can apply for associate membership of the Hong Kong Library Association, if they work in libraries or other information organizations.

Scholarships

The Mok Yip Sui Hung Scholarships are awarded to students who achieve excellent academic results in this programme annually.

 

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

GENERIC SKILLS
  • Information Technology and Applications
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications
  • English for Science and Technology
  • Practical Chinese
SPECIALISM

Library Management Theme

  • Library and Information Environment
  • Access Services
  • Preservation of Information
  • Reference Services in the Digital Age
  • Bibliographic Control
  • Acquisition of Information Resources
  • Marketing and User Support Services
  • Technology in Libraries
  • Organization of Information I & II
  • Management for Information Professionals
  • Professional Placement
  • Elective(s)

Information Management Theme

  • Library and Information Environment
  • Access Services
  • Preservation of Information
  • Reference Services in the Digital Age
  • Bibliographic Control
  • Acquisition of Information Resources
  • Database Principle and Application
  • Technology in Libraries
  • Organization of Information I & II
  • System Administration
  • Professional Placement
  • Elective(s)

 

Students' Activities

1

Library Mentorship Programme with Hong Kong Library Connect

2

Virtual Reality Session

3

Pofulam Village Community Archives Pilot Project

4

Book Repair Workshop

5

Work Placement Sharing Session

6

Site visit to Canadian International School

0

Student Graduation in Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

0

Student Presentation in Manchester Metropolitian University, UK

0

Further Study Seminar

0

HKU Libraries Information Literacy Programme

0

Work Placement - Book Cleaning project for the Special Collection in HKU Libraries

0

Work Placement in a Special Library

0

Work Placement in a School Library

0

Work Placement in the Library of Hospital Authority

0

Library Book Fair in a secondary school

2

Library Outreach Programme in a primary school

0

User Education in Shatin Public Library

1

Children's programme - Storytelling

0

Site visit to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

0

Site visit to Government Records Service: Preservation and Repair Tools

0

Site visit to Hong Kong Film Archive: Film preservation and Polypropylene movie film cans

0

Site visit to the HKUST University Archives: Slide storage box and Archival kit

0

Site visit to the Harrow International School Hong Kong

0

Site visit to Shenzhen Public Libraries

6

Site visit to Macao Polytechnic Institute Library

0

Site visit to HKU Main Library

0

Site visit to HKU Learning Commons

0

Students attended Centenary Anniversary Conference, HKU

0

Students attended Hong Kong Innovative Users Group Meeting

Anthony Wong
Anthony Wong
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2015-16
  • Student of HKU, Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 3) in 2016-17

Two years ago, my disappointing DSE result made me feel depressed and I wanted to escape from the bad feeling. This programme has transformed me. At the beginning of my study of HDLIM, I was still not gaining outstanding academic results. However, as time went by, the content of the course really caught my interest and made me gradually forgot my poor performance in the public exam. I highly recommend this programme since it provides professional knowledge in an interesting way that can facilitate achievement in study. Different internships can also equip us to face the challenges of the workplace.

Joey Leung
Joey Leung
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2015-16
  • Student of HKU, Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 3) in 2016-17

Studying HDLIM was enjoyable and I am delighted by my choice. I am grateful that the lecturers and senior students were always there to help when needed. Besides lectures, this programme also provides site visits and work placements for us. I did my placements in international school and university libraries, as well as a special library. I highly recommend this programme to those who are interested in information industry as it facilitates future study and career development.

Alex Cheung
Alex Cheung
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2015-16
  • Student of Lingnan University, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) (Year 2) in 2016-17

兩年的圖書館及資訊管理高級文憑令我獲益良多。課程提供比其他科目更多的實習機會,實踐在課堂上所學的知識,熟習將來工作的環境。講師熱心解答同學的疑難及提供支援。在課堂上學習的資料搜尋技巧更有助我修讀大學的科目。

Yan Ko
Yan Ko
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2015-16
  • Student of University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Art -Korean Studies (Year 2) in 2016-17

時光荏苒,從高級文憑畢業,我將要迎接新的大學生活。過去兩年,充實的求學生活使我成長了許多。課程賦予不同實習的機會,我通過實習摸索將來職業方向。除了這些難能可貴的經驗外,課程的講師更是把我們照顧得無微不至,他們提供的不局限於課程上的知識,也包括了將來的生涯規劃。 這兩年的經歷,是其他課程不能給予我的,是這個特別的課程,才會造就擁有專業技能的我。

Angel Tang
Angel Tang
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2014-15
  • Student of HKU Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 3) in 2015-16

This programme brings students new perspectives on library and information management. The interactive learning environment with site visits and professional placements help students put theories into practice. The information literacy skills and knowledge on library operations and management I have acquired in this programme provided me with a positive foundation for my further study and future career in this field. In addition, I gained practical skills on-site after working in the Pinsent Masons, Victoria Shanghai Academy, ISF Academy and Hong Kong Shue Yan University as an intern. The internship programme provided me opportunities to observe how information professionals manage the library at different perspectives – from end processing to handling library management systems and making collection development decisions.

Gavin Law
Gavin Law
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2013-14
  • Graduate of MMU Bachelor of Science in Information and Communications in 2014-15
  • Student of HKU Master of Science in Library and Information Management in 2015-16

This programme provides fundamental modules that equip students with knowledge in information management (IM) and librarianship. Having completed this programme, I was able to broaden my knowledge in IM and develop confidence to face different challenges in real-life environment. On the other hand, lecturers’ support was a key to the success in my study as they provided much academic and career supports through sharing of their knowledge and experience, providing advices in career path selection and professional guidance through frequent face-to-face interactions and email exchanges. After graduation, I furthered my study in the UK and completed my first degree, BSc in Information and Communications, and was admitted to MSc in Library and Information management in HKU afterwards. I highly recommend this Higher Diploma programme to those who are interested in studying in this field and taking information professionals as their career since this programme not just equips students with adequate IM and librarianship knowledge in the future workplace, but also paves the way for further studies in different specialism in different countries.

Ross Lee
Ross Lee
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2014-15
  • Student of HKU Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 3) in 2015-16

Two years ago, I was a local S.6 student who worries about my public examination results and my career prospects. Unfortunately, I was not able to get into university at that time. Life was fearful. “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.” where this course gives me another hope to get back into university, which set me free. In these two years, this course turned me into a better student and employee in the information industry. Besides, this course also provides us with internships, which put our professional knowledge gained in the lecture into practice.

Jeffrey Lewis, Polly Liu, Kim Lai and Shan Shan Chow
Jeffrey Lewis, Polly Liu, Kim Lai and Shan Shan Chow
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2014-15
  • Student of MMU Bachelor of Science in Information and Communications (Year 3) in 2015-16

Studying this programme is a fun-filled experience! Different modules of the programme equip students with information and communication skills. Work placements not only let us apply the knowledge and skills that we have learned in class but also an opportunity for us to get prepared for our information management career. To sum up, the course provides tons of professional knowledge, and also increases our career readiness in library and information management field.

Michelle Woo
Michelle Woo
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2013-14
  • Student of HKU Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 3) in 2013-14

Studying in this programme, I have gained professional knowledge of marketing and management, and skills in searching for and organizing information. The programme has given me a good grounding in understanding the role of information and information management in various organizational settings and societies. The programme also provides internships to its students and everyone has a chance to work in different types of libraries. For me, I did my work placements in an international library and in an academic library. This, and other elements of the programme enabled me to develop capabilities in collaboration and communication with peers. I highly recommend this programme to those who are interested in working in the library or information industries.

Selina Kwok, Katie Lam and Peggy Li
Selina Kwok, Katie Lam and Peggy Li
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2013-14
  • Students of MMU Bachelor of Science in Information and Communications (Year 3) in 2013-14

Studying Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management programme broadened my knowledge in librarianship. I learnt to put theories into practices through visiting various types of libraries, taking work placements and attending professional conferences. Lecturers also guided us in our study and career plans; we have developed confidence in facing challenges in our future careers. Therefore, I highly recommend this programme to those who are interested in working in the information industry.

Sure Lau
Sure Lau
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2013-14
  • Student of HKU Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 3) in 2013-14

At the age of information explosion, information comes in many forms. Many organizations and establishments require information professionals to manage and organize different materials. This programme assisted me to make adequate preparation and be well-prepared for becoming an information professional. The lectures were interactive and many interesting activities were provided such as designing a leaflet, making a fascinating display for kids to cultivate their reading habits, interviewing professional cataloguers, and visiting libraries. Also, I have gained real working experience in different types of libraries. In addition, I am so grateful to be taught by such selfless lecturers who were willing to share their knowledge and valuable experience, and provide support with practical advice. I believe that I have found my future career path through this programme.

Mary Yu and Irene Li
Mary Yu and Irene Li
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2012-13
  • MMU Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication (Year 3) in 2012-13

We had been given the opportunity to join the project of establishing a new Information Center for Civil Engineering Department in The University of Hong Kong and also the project of establishing a new library for the Scout Association of Hong Kong. Other than that, we also had the chance to take our work placement in two different international schools. To sum up, this programme provides a springboard for our further study and also prepares us for career development within the information sector.

Kazaf Ip
Kazaf Ip
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2012-13
  • CUHK Bachelor of Social Science in Global Studies (Year 3) in 2012-13

What you could achieve in this programme is inconceivable! To a large extent, this programme creates a platform for us to equip ourselves well before working in this competitive society. Apart from lectures, site visits to different kinds of libraries and information centres are arranged, giving us chances to explore more about the inner side of library work. Feedback from immediate supervisors during work placement is sincerely valuable for us to review our weakness in specific areas.

Wendy Lee
Wendy Lee
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2010-11
  • HKU Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 2) in 2011-12

This program has definitely provided me with the knowledge and skills in order to meet challenges in the current information age. Interesting and interactive learning activities such as site visits and conferences have made me have a much better understanding of the theories. Working in both academic and public libraries during the past two years has enabled me to put into practice what I learnt from HDLIM and acquire new knowledge from the real situation. Therefore, this programme has certainly helped me to establish a firm foundation in the field. In actual fact, even before graduation, I am proud to say that I gained an offer from HKU and a permanent job.

Maggie Kiss
Maggie Kiss
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2011-12
  • HKU Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 2) in 2012-13

Studying Library and Information Management was great fun. The lessons were highly interesting and practical. I got the chance to work in some famous institutions, visited different libraries, and went to various meetings, conferences, exhibitions and presentations. I achieved something I’d never thought I could. Last August, I participated in the Heleni Linton Bursary and I was so glad that my proposal and interview convinced the judges. This is the biggest accomplishment I've ever achieved and this could be yours.

Amy So
Amy So
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2011-12
  • MMU Bachelor of Science in Information Management (Year 3) in 2012-13

Living in a knowledge-based society, it is important to understand how to manage information in an efficient manner. From this programme, I gained professional and practical library and information management skills. Through working in schools and special libraries, I had chances to understand the daily operation and management of a library. These valuable experiences are beneficial for my future studies and employment.