About Library Science

Libraries have been regarded as information hubs since time immemorial and to date they have gone through several transformation to meet technological changes.  It is undisputable that libraries have always catered to the infotainment (information plus entertainment) needs of the masses. The basic aim of a library is to disseminate knowledge.
The information society has changed the practice of librarianship and the materials that are collected in libraries. Above all, the skills of librarians have changed to better manage information in globalisation. A modern-day library comprise periodicals, computer accessing points, videos, and most importantly thousands of books.
Library science is the field of study that is concerned with the professional management of information through organising, maintenance and storage of books in a library. The practice has changed from librarianship to library science and library and information science to incorporate many facets critical in the information environment.

The minimum entry requirements to study Library and Information Science vary from institutions and level of study. In Zimbabwe, Polytechnics offer Certificates and (higher) National Diplomas while universities offer degree programmes up to Masters Level.

The duration of programmes range from one to four years for certificates, and Higher National Diploma while the Bachelor of Science Degree offered by the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) takes up to four years and a two year Masters degree. The Zimbabwe Open University also provides Library and Information Science degree as well as in Records and Information Science.  Harare Poly and Bulawayo Poly offer courses up to Higher National Diploma.

Job prospects

A trained library science graduate can find ample opportunities with:

 Public/Government libraries
  • Universities and other academic institutions
  • Media houses, News agencies and news groups
  • Private organizations and special libraries
  • Foreign embassies
  • Photo/film libraries
  • Information centre’s/documentation centers
  • Large companies and organization with huge information handling requirements
  • Museums and galleries with huge library facilities and reading rooms and research facilities.