Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

Qualifications

Current New Zealand Library Qualifications

Open Polytechnic
Qualification Entry requirements Level Information
Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5)
Under 20 years -must
have 60 credits at NCEA Level 3. Over20 years – open entry.
Undergraduate (NZQA Level 5) Distance delivery. Taught by trimester. Six courses (five core courses, and one elective). Offered for part-time or full-time study.
Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 6) There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate 
(NZQA Level 6)
Distance delivery. Taught by trimester. Six courses (four core courses, and two electives).  Offered for part-time or full-time study.
Certificate in Cataloguing (Level 5) There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate
(NZQA Level 5)
Distance delivery. Taught by trimester. Three courses. Offered part-time or full-time study.
Certificate in Literature and Library Services for Children and Young People (Level 6) There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate 
(NZQA Level 6)
Distance delivery. Taught by trimester. Two courses. Offered part-time or full-time study.
Diploma in Records and Information Management (Level 6) There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate
(NZQA Level 6)
Distance delivery. Taught by trimester. Six courses (two core courses and two electives). Offered part-time or full-time study.
Bachelor of Applied Science  - Information & Library Studies  There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate
(NZQA Levels 5, 6,7)
Distance delivery. Taught by trimester. Offered part-time or full-time study. Recognised for LIANZA Professional Registration Scheme.
Bachelor of Arts - Information & Library Studies There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate         
(NZQA Level 5, 6, 7)
Distance delivery. Offered for part-time or full-time study. Recognised for LIANZA Professional Registration Scheme.
Bachelor of Arts - Communciation and Information & Library Studies There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate
(NZQA Level 5, 6, 7)
Distance delivery. Offered for part-time or full-time study.
Bachelor of Arts - Humanities and Information & Library Studies There are entry requirements – check website for details. Undergraduate (NZQA Level 5, 6, 7) Distance delivery. Offered for part-time or full-time study.
 
Victoria University of Wellington
Qualification Entry requirements Level Information
Postgraduate Certificate in Information Studies There are entry requirements – check website for details. Post-graduate Certificate Four courses offered part-time/full-time study (distance delivery or on campus). Maximum two years.
Postgraduate Diploma in Information Studies There are entry requirements – check website for details. Post-graduate Diploma Eight courses offered for part-time/full-time study (distance delivery or on campus). Maximum three years.
Master of Information Studies There are entry requirements – check website for details. Post-graduate Masters degree Ten courses plus a research project. Offered for part-time/full-time study (distance delivery or on campus). One year (three trimesters) full-time study; Maximum four years part-time or distance study. Recognised for LIANZA Professional Registration Scheme.
Postgraduate Certificate in Information Management There are entry requirements - check website for details Post-graduate Certificate Four courses offered for part-time/full-time study (distance delivery or on campus)
Postgraduate Diploma of Information Management There are entry requirements - check website for details Post-graduate Diploma Eight courses offered for part-time/full-time study (distance delivery or on campus)
Master of Arts -Information Studies There are entry requirements – check website for details. Post-graduate Masters degree Thesis, or by thesis and up to four courses from the MIS or MIM programmes.
Master of Commerce & Administration - Information Systems There are entry requirements – check website for details. Post-graduate Masters degree Thesis in Information Systems
Master of Information Management There are entry requirements – check website for details. Post-graduate Masters degree An eleven course programme which can be completed in 12-16 months of full-time study, or two to four years part-time. Recognised for LIANZA Professional Registration Scheme.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Studies or Information Systems There are entry requirements – check website for details. Highest level of study. A research- based postgraduate qualification. Minimum of two years full-time and up to four years part-time with a maximum of five years. Presentation of thesis.
 
Te Wānanga o Raukawa
Qualification Entry requirements Level Information
Heke Puna Maumahara No formal qualifications from educational institutions are required for admission. However, a demonstrated interest in the particular programme is expected. A strong desire to become bilingual should also be demonstrated. Undergraduate (NZQA Level 5) The Heke Puna Maumahara (HPM) is the first year of the three year bachelor degree and consists of te reo Māori, iwi & hapū, rorohiko (which are compulsory components) and the specialist subject. The foundation of this tohu is mātauranga Māori which provides the students with another approach to Information Management in contemporary practice offering basic skills in libraries, museums, and archives as well as strengthening iwi & hapū.
Poutuārongo Puna Maumahara The year one Heke Puna Maumahara programme of study. Undergraduate (NZQA Level 7) The aim of the Poutuārongo Puna Maumahara (PPM) is to produce graduates who are able to design, implement and manage systems to suit whakapapa based rōpū, other Māori groups as well as other organisations. It develops bi-lingual and bi-cultural managers of Māori information resources in Māori and non-Māori organisations. The degree requirements include the year one Heke Puna Maumahara programme of study.

People who hold a recognised New Zealand library qualification, such as the MLIS (LIBS), MIS (LIBS), BA with ILS or double major with ILS Humanities or ILS Communications, BApSc with ILS, or Poutuārongo Puna Maumahara  may be eligible for employment in professional roles overseas. In some cases this will be facilitated by reciprocal agreements between LIANZA and overseas associations, such as ALIA and CILIP. Where no reciprocal agreement exists, graduates may need to have their qualifications evaluated to demonstrate that they are equivalent to overseas qualifications. The American Library Association website indicates that the LIANZA process of recognising qualifications is considered to be similar to its accredition process, saying “ An individual who has received his/her degree from an institution that is included on the countries' lists of accredited institutions/programs is considered acceptable for employment in the United States.” (http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/employment/foreigncredentialing/forjobseekers)

Qualifications no longer offered

Qualification Accrediting Body Awarded From/To Superceded by Level Length & purpose
Certificate in Library Services in Schools The University of Auckland 1995 - 2006 Phased out An initial vocational school focussed library qualification. Part-time distance delivery over two or three years.
Diploma in Maori and Information Management Te Wananga o Raukawa 1999 - 2013 Heke Puna Maumahara Not specified. Not specified.
Diploma in Information Studies (spec Teacher Librarianship) The University of Auckland 1991 - 2006 Phased out Graduate Diplomas - National Diplomas recognised by NZQA. Full-time or part-time distance delivery over three or four years.
Graduate Diploma in Education (No specialisation in Teacher Librarianship but modules available) The University of Auckland 2005 - Current Current Graduate Diplomas - National Diplomas recognised by NZQA. Full-time or part-time distance delivery over three or four years.
NZ Library Studies Certificate (NZLS Cert.) Wellington College of Education 1993 - 1998 The Open Polytechnic of NZ Diplomas A vocational library qualification, but held by many graduates and library managers. Although designed for non-graduates, the ability to study at a distance meant that this course was completed by many with degrees and/or managers in smaller centres. 'Apprenticeship' over 2 years with distance delivery and study while working in a library and two 2 week block courses.
NZ Library Studies Certificate Wellington College of Education 1981 - 1992 The Open Polytechnic of NZ Diplomas A vocational library qualification, but held by many graduates and library managers. Although designed for non-graduates, the ability to study at a distance meant that this course was completed by many with degrees and/or managers in smaller centres. 'Apprenticeship' over 2 years with distance delivery and study while working in a library and two 2 week block courses.
NZ Library Assocation Certificate (NZLA cert.) For NZLA by NZ Library School 1945 - 1980 NZLS Cert. A vocational library qualification, but held by many graduates and library managers. Although designed for non-graduates, the ability to study at a distance meant that this course was completed by many with degrees and/or managers in smaller centres. 'Apprenticeship' over 2 years with distance delivery and study while working in a library and two 2 week block courses.
Diploma of the NZ Library School (DipNZLS) NZ Library School (Department of Education) 1946 - 1979 Dip. Libr Post-graduate Diploma One year full-time
Diploma in Librarianship / Diploma in Library & Information Studies (DipLibr) Victoria University of Wellington

1981 - 1992

1991 - 1996

MLIS Post-graduate Diploma. An advanced professional qualification. One year (two semester) full-time study; 2 years part-time or distance study.
Diploma of Teacher-Librarianship Wellington College of Education 1986 - 1988 Dip. TchLib Graduate Diploma & Higher or Advanced Diploma of Teaching One year specialist course

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