What is a Short Course in Library Science?

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Library science is mainly concerned with the retrieval and management of information under any form. This discipline has become very complex due to the high technological development in our society. Libraries continue to hold an important role in the academic world, while making greater use of technology, compared to the past. Belonging to an interdisciplinary field of study, library science degrees borrow tools from areas such as management, information technology and education, to collect, organise, preserve, and prioritise information resources.

Library science is associated with many sub-fields such as documentation science, bibliography, information management, knowledge management, etc. As an increasingly digitalised field of activity, library science is often associated with study programmes in informatics and information science.

Students of library science degrees learn to navigate the digital world, to properly handle information and to enable users to access it easily. Professionals also become accustomed to the legal status of libraries and records management and learn how to use specialised computer software to organise their work.

Specialisations in library sciences include studies in digital libraries, archives and records management, rare manuscripts, school library, and others.

Library science degrees prepare professionals who can work in government, archives, information agencies, cultural organisations, museums, libraries, business intelligence firms and other organisations engaged in information activities.

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Best Universities for Library Science on ShortCoursesPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017)
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 1
Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, United States 2
City University of Hong Kong Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 3
Wuhan University Wuhan, China 4
KU Leuven Leuven, Belgium 5
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 6
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 7
University of Maryland College Park, United States 8
Vanderbilt University Nashville, United States 8
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 10
University of Granada Granada, Spain 11
University of Texas at Austin Austin, United States 12
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 13
University of Washington Seattle, United States 14
Georgia State University Atlanta, United States 15
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 16
Leiden University Leiden, Netherlands 17
University of Antwerp Antwerpen, Belgium 18
University of Wolverhampton Wolverhampton, United Kingdom 19
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, United States 20
McGill University Montréal, Canada 21
Pennsylvania State University University Park, United States 22
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 23
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 24
Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore 25
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 26
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 27
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, United States 28
Columbia University New York City, United States 29
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 30
Arizona State University Tempe Junction, United States 31
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, United States 32
University at Buffalo Buffalo, United States 33
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 34
University of Utah Salt Lake City, United States 34
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States 36
Drexel University Philadelphia, United States 37
University of Wisconsin Madison Madison, United States 38
Stanford University Stanford, United States 39
Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea 40
Northwestern University Evanston, United States 41
Carlos III University of Madrid Madrid, Spain 42
University of Toronto Toronto, Canada 43
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 44
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee, United States 45
The Ohio State University Columbus, United States 46
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 47
University of Sheffield Sheffield, United Kingdom 48
University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 49
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, United States 50
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 50
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, United States 50
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Delft, Netherlands 51
Fudan University Shanghai, China 51
George Mason University Fairfax, United States 51
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, United States 51
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Daejeon, South Korea 51
London School of Economics and Political Science London, United Kingdom 51
Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom 51
Polytechnic University of Valencia Valencia, Spain 51
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland 51
Temple University Philadelphia, United States 51
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 51
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 51
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, United States 51
University at Albany Albany, United States 51
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 51
University of Kentucky Lexington, United States 51
Tor Vergata University of Rome Roma, Italy 51
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 51
University of Twente (UT) Enschede, Netherlands 51
University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom 51
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 51
University of Western Ontario London, Canada 51
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 51
Brunel University London London Borough of Harrow, United Kingdom 76
Florida State University Tallahassee, United States 76
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 76
McMaster University Hamilton, Canada 76
Nanjing University Nanjing, China 76
New York University New York City, United States 76
Peking University Beijing, China 76
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 76
Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, Australia 76
Rutgers University New Brunswick, United States 76
Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, South Korea 76
University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand 76
University of Georgia Athens, United States 76
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 76
Tsinghua University Beijing, China 76
University College London (UCL) London, United Kingdom 76
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 76
University of California, San Diego San Diego, United States 76
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 76
University of Connecticut Storrs, United States 76
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, United States 76
University of Ljubljana Ljubljana, Slovenia 76
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 76
University of South Florida Tampa, United States 76
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, United States 76
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