In the depths of apartheid education, in the early 1980s, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) adopted a declaration of non-racialism and opened its doors to all. The Dept. of Library and Information Science has always shared UWC’s developmental mission – its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes aiming at producing graduates who will contribute to social inclusion, community development and an information literateSouth Africa. Over the years good cooperation has been established between the Finnish Library Association (FLA) and UWC. For example, UWC’s Dept. of Library and Information Science was part of a scholarship programme in LIS after the repatriation of South African refugees fromTanzaniaback toSouth Africain the early 1990s. From 1992 to 1996, Finnida, through its Bureau of Humanitarian Aid, financed part of the project. The Library Association of the Swedish Finland supported the programme as a NGO project from 1992 up to 2000. Co-operation with UWC and OU started in 2005 through funding from the North-South Programme.
- The BBibl Degree: a 4 year professional degree comprising majors in Library Science and Information Science. The degree is regarded as providing entry level professional education for library and information services of all kinds. It has courses ranging from children’s literature to database management. The full programme is available on UWC’s website (www.uwc.ac.za).
- MBibl Information Studies Degree: a postgraduate 2/3 year structured Masters Degree of 6 modules and “mini” research dissertation. The modules are as follows: Towards a knowledge society, Advanced LIS management, Project management, Introduction to knowledge management, KM tools and processes, Archives and records management, Research methods, ICT applications in LIS, Information behaviour.
- MBibl by full dissertation
- PhD: full dissertation
- Advanced Certificate in Education (School Librarianship): a programme of 8 modules for qualified teachers. The modules are intensive courses offered after school or in school vacations
- Postgraduate Diploma in Library & information Science: a two-year alternative programme to the BBibl degree for people in possession of a Bachelors Degree in any field.
In addition to these formal degrees, the Dept. of Library and Information Science has a dynamic continuing professional education programme. In cooperation with the national library association, LIASA, and the City of Cape Town Library and Information Services, it offers a range of short courses to LIS practitioners and teachers, for example: Collection development, Information literacy education, World wide web, Reference skills.