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

Getting Qualified

Library professionals are the essential element of strong schools, colleges, universities, and public communities. 

For this vital profession to be successful in the future we need to advocate collectively and collaboratively, regardless of library type or sector.

Articulating the value of the library professional in a way that resonates with key decision makers and influencers is LIANZA's main role, but we also believe that having qualified librarians in the sector is important to the profession being taken seriously. 

For us "Librarian" is not simply an occupation - being a Librarian is much more than simply working in a library....Here are some of the most common Qs we get about getting qualified.


Do I need a qualification to work in libraries?

While not essential to starting a career in libraries, getting a qualification in library and information studies will greatly increase your chances of finding a job.

It's particularly necessary if you're looking to progress your career. As the role of the modern librarian changes, having qualifications in subjects such as IT and Education can also be helpful.


Where can I study?

There are 3 tertiary institutions offering library and information qualifications in New Zealand, visit our Education providers page for more information. 


What qualifications are available?

Qualifications are available at four levels:

1. Certificate/diploma

2. Bachelors

3. Masters

4. PhD.

The type of qualification you choose will depend on your previous academic study, and your career goals, of course! 

Our qualifications page has a comprehensive list of undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in New Zealand.

Take the time to read the course outlines as each qualification has its own focus, set of requirements and fee structure.

Also note that in order to obtain professional registration in the library and information sector you must have completed a bachelor's degree or higher.


Can I work and study at the same time?

Hell to the yes. A lot of the courses are flexible so you can work while you study!

Many of the courses offer part-time, full-time, on-site or online study options. 

Get in touch with the course coordinators for the latest information.


I’d like to talk to someone about my options

If you’re unsure which qualification is right for you, email the course coordinators to discuss your experience and areas of interest.

Don't be shy: they're the best people to help determine the best path for you.


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