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Title: Master of Science in Library and Information Management MSc(LIM) Faculty of Education

Master of Science in Library and Information
Management MSc(LIM) Faculty of Education
  • Dr Sam Chu
  • Associate Professor
  • Division of Information Technology Studies
  • Program Director, MSc(LIM)
  • Faculty of Education

Welcome everyone to all interested candidates
who are here and those who are unable to attend
this session in person (those who joined the
real-time web casting) If you are attending
this session online, please let me know send an
email to me at
  • Information only becomes knowledge in the hands
    of someone who knows what to do with it. The
    MSc(LIM) is a new program designed to prepare
    candidates for professional work in the
    information sector the fastest growing area of
    the economy. It is the only local university
    with library and information studies programs at
    the Bachelor and post-graduate levels.

Why HKU?
  • HKU, a world-class university is a major regional
    and international centre for research. Its
    library system has more than two million volumes,
    highly sophisticated electronic services and
    extensive databases for student use.

Why Faculty of Education?
  • World No. 8
  • 2012 QS World University Ranking for Education

  • Designed to prepare people to
  • be informed, reflective practitioners in the
    information age
  • develop information leadership capacities that
    can be used in a wide variety of environments
    both profit and not-for-profit traditional
    library settings, education settings, business
    settings, and as consultants

Who should apply?
  • Everyone who holds a degree and who deals with
    information and who wants to provide leadership!
  • People who are already engaged in the information
    professions and who are seeking a postgraduate

What makes the MSc(LIM) so special?
  • First such award offered by a Hong Kong
  • A program tailored to the unique needs of Hong
  • The MSc(LIM) acts as both a first qualification
    and as an advanced qualification depending on
    entry knowledge

What do MSc(LIM) students say?
  • I would like to express my sincere thanks to the
    professors and my fellow classmates who helped
    make my study so enjoyable. This MScLIM
    programme covers a large amount of professional
    knowledge and skill sets, including information
    behaviour, collection management, and organizing
    information which are all important for library
    workers. In addition, it provides an opportunity
    to make new friends, and enlarge my personal and
    professional network. I truly believe that the
    programme is definitely a stepping stone for
    people who decide to make librarianship their
    profession as well as to accelerate career
    advancement in the field. 
  • Lewis, Reference Librarian of a University
    Library in HK

What do MSc(LIM) students say?
  • The modules are well designed to equip the
    students, the future information professionals,
    for the challenges ahead.
  • Chris, Project Manager of a Non-Profit Making
    Organization in HK
  • There are increasing numbers of library support
    staff taking this programme to prepare themselves
    for a professional position. The programme
    definitely helped me to enhance my career. In
    addition, I was deeply impressed by the
    professionalism of experienced teachers, the
    interactive learning environment and enormous
    library collections which facilitated my study to
    a very large extent.
  • Rebecca, Assistant Librarian of a University
    Library in HK

What do MSc(LIM) students say?
  • MScLIM is a combined theory and practical
    course. It enhanced my knowledge and skills in
    library science and broadened my horizons on
    understanding the role of information management
    in the education sector. The information I
    acquired in the course is not just buzzwords and
    jargon. It provided professional training and
    assisted me to successfully shift my career
    development from a web producer in local media to
    an instructional designer in the global corporate
    training sector. I obtained understanding,
    reflection and inspiration from MScLIM to learn
    how to identify and satisfy users needs,
    maximize the benefit of information and
    communication technology, and understand the best
    practices of knowledge management. I have become
    confident in incorporating the innovative ideas
    into my workplace to produce effective e-learning
    programmes and willing to take the challenge to
    explore mobile and social learning.  
  • Connie, Instructional Designer of an e-Learning
    Consultancy Company in HK

What do MSc(LIM) students say?
  • I had a great time in this programme. First of
    all, I learned systematic knowledge of
    librarianship. Secondly, the instructors in this
    programme were professional and conscientious. In
    the end, I was lucky to enter the field of
    librarianship, becoming a librarian in an
    interior design company.
  • Danni, Librarian of an Interior Design Company in
  • The MScLIM program is carefully and
    thoughtfully designed to provide a comprehensive
    foundation for professional careers in libraries
    and commercial sector engaged in information
    activities. The lectures emphasize theoretical,
    conceptual and practical areas which bring us
    latest innovation in library science. I find it
    resourceful and fruitful.
  • Leonie, Research Associate (Collection
    Management) of a museum in HK

What do MSc(LIM) students say?
  • The MScLIM programme offers a very flexible,
    module-based study. There are many different
    topics to choose from. I can subscribe to the
    modules that I am most interested in, and arrange
    the study to fit my other schedules.
  • Ernest, Computer Officer of a University Library
    in HK

Mode of study
  • The program
  • extends over one academic year of full-time study
    or two, but no more than four consecutive years
    of part-time study.
  • has a flexible modular structure allowing
    students to complete the degree according to
    their own pace.
  • is conducted in a face-to-face mode, supplemented
    by flexible delivery (Moodle).

Teaching terms
  • There are 3 terms in a calendar year
  • Autumn term - September to December
  • Spring term - January to May
  • Summer term - May to August

Course structure Students complete 10 modules
  • Students are required to complete 10 modules
    which may comprise the following
  • 3 cores 3 specialist modules 3 elective
    modules independent project
  • 3 cores 3 specialist modules 1 elective
    dissertation (which is equivalent to 3 modules)

Each module consists of a minimum of 24 contact
hours or equivalent. Subject to the
Universitys approval.
Course structure Choosing independent project
or dissertation
  • Those who have no background in LIM are
    encouraged to choose to do an independent
  • Those who already hold a LIM qualification are
    encouraged to consider doing a dissertation.

Outline of Curriculum Core Modules
  • Library information science foundation
  • Leading and managing in the workplace
  • Methods of research and enquiry

Specialist strands
  • Students are required to take a specialist strand
    upon enrollment in the programme and to select 3
    modules from the list of your chosen specialist
  • Information Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Librarianship

Electives include
  • Information behaviour IM, LIB
  • Information resources and services IM, LIB
  • Information retrieval theory and practice IM,
  • Knowledge management KM
  • Knowledge taxonomies KM, LIB
  • Organisational learning KM
  • E-learning strategies and management KM
  • Records management IM
  • Digital libraries principles applications

Electives, continued
  • Collection management LIB
  • Teacher librarianship LIB
  • Organising information IM, LIB
  • Preservation of information IM, LIB
  • Literature for young people in a digital age
  • Digital literacies IM, LIB
  • Research workshops and seminars
  • Internship in LIM KM, IM, LIB

  • Electives may also include other modules offered
    in the MSc(ITE) and MEd programs.

Internship Potential organizations/libraries
  • The University of Hong Kong Libraries
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Library
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Education Library
  • ERM KM Department
  • Asia Art Archive
  • Alliance Française de Hong Kong Library
  • Victoria Shanghai Academy
  • National Taiwan Normal University Library
  • Harvard Business School - Knowledge Library

Independent projects
  • Chu, S.K.W., Rajagopal, S., Wan, W.W.T., Yeung,
    K.M., (2012). Using social media to enhance
    inclusion and outreach by libraries. Paper
    presented at The 4th International Conference on
    Libraries, Information and Society (ICoLIS) 2012,
  • Chen, D.Y.T., Chu, S.K.W., Xu, S.Q. (2012). How
    do libraries use social networking sites to
    interact with users. Paper presented at 2012
    ASIST Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA,
    October 26-30, 2012. (Full text)
  • Yeung, A.H.W., Chu, C.B.L., Chu, S.K.W. (2012).
    Explore the behavior of plagiarism at the
    secondary school level in Hong Kong. Paper
    presented at CITE Research Symposium 2012, The
    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Full text)
  • Chu, S.K.W., Lee, T.L. King, R.B. (2012).
    Writing with others in wiki An investigation of
    student collaborative writing in English among
    Chinese secondary students. Paper presented at
    DGI-Conference 2012, Germany. (Full text)
  • Chan, P. (2012) Evaluating enhancing a cancer
    website by applying wiki technology assessing
    user needs evaluating a cancer website. (A
    practical project)

Faculty of Education Using technology to advance
Visit us on the Web http//
MSc(LIM) Course Team University of Hong Kong
Dr Sam Chu Dr Daniel Churchill Dr Bob Fox Dr Xiao
Hu Dr Alvin Kwan Prof. Nancy Law Dr Jingyan Lu
  • Dr Felix Siu
  • Dr Jan van Aalst
  • Dr Maggie Wang
  • Mr Peter Warning
  • Dr Allan Yuen
  • Plus local visiting scholars

MSc(LIM) Admission Requirements fees
  • Hold a Bachelors Degree with honours or
  • with qualifications and experience of equivalent
  • May be required to sit for a qualifying
  • Fees
  • HK95,000 per programme (payable by 2
    installments for full-time students and by 4
    installments for part-time)
  • Subject to the universitys approval

Application deadline February 28, 2013 (Sep
2013 intake) June 30, 2013 (Jan 2014 intake)
Questions Answers
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