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School of Information Technology

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Programme content:The content of the current M.IT program (which is targeted at industry in general) has been adapted to make provision specifically for librarians at tertiary institutions and LIS faculty members. All the same content and topics are dealt with; examples are, however, to a very large extent taken from the library environment. In addition, more emphasis is placed on Web 2.0 and related technologies and four modules have been added, viz. one on information retrieval, one on digital repositories. One on Web 2.0 tools in the library and one on the knowledge society and international librarianship.

 

The content of the program is as follows:

 

Module title and description

Themes

 

IT systems in libraries

9 credits

The course investigates typical large IT systems that a typical medium to large library will need to manage. The themes covered are: OPACS, Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) systems, including HR (human resource) management systems; Open Source Software; IT Security policies; Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

Web Trends in the library

9 credits

Social networking and other Web 2.0 tools offer a wealth of opportunities for the design and delivery of new and innovative resources and services in libraries. This module provides an understanding of the basics of Web 2.0 and instruction in the practical implementation of various Web 2.0 tools and technologies. Students will furthermore be instructed on the specific uses and applications of these Web 2.0 tools in the library environment.

Digital repositories

9 credits

This module aims to address a series of topics applicable to the development and implementation of digital repositories, with the emphasis on repositories in an academic context. The course presents the opportunity to acquire a wide spectrum of knowledge covering the necessary core concepts and technologies, the processes involved in the establishment and running of repositories, and of evaluating various approaches and aspects. This will provide information professionals with a sound foundation for offering quality information services in the digital environment.

Knowledge Management

9 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the fundamental concepts and theories of knowledge management. Participants will be introduced to tools and techniques relevant to knowledge sharing, retention and dissemination. Attention will also be paid to planning and implementing a knowledge management initiative, with special focus on the academic library environment.

Facilitating information retrieval and information use

9 credits

The module intends to enable managers of library and information services to manage opportunities to ensure optimal access to electronic information resources and the use of information in their specific contexts and with support of the latest ICTs.

Network technologies

6 credits

The purpose of the module is to provide students with an introduction to different types of networks and network management, including the different technologies available such as broadband and wireless. The course focuses on fundamentals and general principles rather than technical details. Current broadband initiatives in Africa and the influence this will have of the working environment of information professionals will also be addressed.

The Knowledge Society and international librarianship

9 credits

This module evaluates concepts and approaches to the study of the Knowledge Society from the perspective of LIS professionals in Africa. It also examines contemporary challenges, trends, and issues in globalization for international and regional library services development, such as Open Access initiatives, the internationalization of LIS education, and international employment, as well as issues related to the freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.

Computing in perspective

6 credits

The aim of this module is to serve as an introduction to the basics concepts of computing. Algorithms will be explored on different levels of abstraction; this will include some basic modeling of algorithms and code using UML; understanding the nature of programming and how to work with programmers. We will also be exploring some relevant topics in Computer Science such as computer security (hacking etc.), artificial intelligence, computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW) and software engineering.

Organizational behavior and leadership

6 credits

This module is designed to give students an understanding of how organizations and leadership in organizations work, and how to manage yourself and others in an organizational environment. The module follows a sequence of "individuals, groups and teams". Individuals include the student's own perspective, how to determine your own strengths and weaknesses, how to tailor-make your environment to capitalize on your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses. Under "groups" we consider how groups form, and how they function. Aspects such as conflict management, as well as group dynamics are considered.

Strategic ICT management

6 credits

An overall theme of the module is that ICT is a strategic enabler and the management of ICT is a responsibility of not only ICT specialists and ICT managers, but also ICT-knowledgeable business managers. As a departure point the context for studying the management of information and communication technology in the new economy or e-World is analyzed. The primary objective is to increase student awareness and understanding of how ICT can be used as a strategic resource in an ever-changing business environment, with specific reference to libraries.

ICT project management

6 credits

This course is designed to put IT project management in the context of library, business and general management. It is not intended to teach students the fundamentals of project management, nor will it go into more depth in the discipline of project management than graduate courses on the subject. It is assumed that students already know the basics of project management and that being a project manager is not their ultimate career aspirations, but that they may have project managers reporting to them.

IT financial management

6 credits

This module gives an overview of the financial management responsibilities of the ICT manager in a library; clarification of what financial management means to the ICT manager; discussion of various financial concepts which the ICT manager will encounter, e.g. accounting concepts, IS audit and control, total cost of ownership, etc. It also provides clarification of functions which the ICT manager will be required to perform, e.g. budgeting, asset management, etc.