The study programme is intended for specialists with knowledge and skills relevant to the full information cycle: information collection, processing and organization, storage, information finding and retrieval, as well as dissemination.

The studies provide knowledge about information institutions and information resources in contemporary society, enable to master information management (e.g., creating databases and digital libraries, structuring websites), to apprehend information systems and services in the context of information user needs, as well as gain expertise in management, economics, communication psychology, cultural history and much more.

 

Year 1 is intended for the student to understand what information institutions are, what is their role in society, to master information resources and their development history (for example, the history of book publishing in Latvia and worldwide), the basics of their organization and search, as well as connection of library and information science with other social sciences (communication science, economics, law, political science, sociology, semiotics).

Year 2 provides a deeper insight into the field, and students acquire courses on information society, databases and websites, research methods, information systems, inventory management, information science, information literacy, document management and storage, studies of local history and services to be provided to various user groups. This year also involves preparation of a research paper on a topic pertaining to the field. The student can consolidate knowledge and develop skills during academic internships.

Year 3 is the period for furthering the knowledge about the issues of the field – this includes the courses on digital libraries, repositories of research publications and data, administrative, structural and descriptive metadata, research in the field, management of information institutions, development and management of information services, publicity of information institutions, as well as architecture and usability of information resources. During this year, the final thesis is being developed, requiring the research of a problem both theoretically and practically.

Part-time correspondence studies (distance learning) ensure acquisition of the same knowledge and skills in the same logical sequence, only over a longer period of time – four years (eight semesters).

HOW ARE THE STUDIES LINKED WITH PRACTICE?

The study programme includes three academic internships, during which theoretical knowledge can be applied in performing practical tasks in potential workplaces (libraries, archives, as well as various institutions practising management of information systems, etc.). During the acquisition of several courses, the lecturers organize practical classes in the respective institutions.

Within the framework of the ERASMUS + programme, students of the information management study programme can benefit from exchange studies to partner universities in Norway, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, France, Portugal, and other countries.

Employment in all public and private companies which require selecting, searching, organization and dissemination of information, as well as in libraries and information centres serving customers and creating and maintaining information systems of organizations.

Full-time regular studies – 3 years or 6 semesters. The studies take place on working days, mainly from 8:30 to 18:00, depending on the timetable of each particular day. Part-time correspondence studies (distance learning)– 4 years or 8 semesters.
Tuition fee per year: full-time regular studies – EUR 2300; part-time correspondence studies (distance learning) – EUR 1750
For admission in the 1st year of full-time regular studies, the autumn semester of 2022/2023 – 14 budget-funded places. If a budget-funded place is not available immediately, it can still be obtained in the 2nd year of studies, because UL FSS practices rotation system – the students with good results can be awarded a budget-funded place on the basis of their performance.
Bachelor's Degree of Social Sciences in Library, Information and Archive Studies

General conditions

Completed secondary education

Competition criteria for persons who have acquired secondary education from 2004:

CE in Latvian language

CE in English or CE in French, or CE in German

CE in mathematics*

* For persons who have completed secondary education before 2008, the centralized examination (CE) in mathematics may be replaced by the annual grade in mathematics indicated in the secondary education document (or the average grade in algebra and geometry)

Competition criteria for persons who have completed secondary education up to 2004 (excluding), as well as for those who have acquired secondary education abroad, or persons with special needs:

annual average grade in Latvian language and literature

annual grade in English or French or German language 

annual average grade in particular subjects

Additional points: The winners of the 1st–3rd place of the University of Latvia School of Young Information Specialists in 2021 and 2022 are awarded additional points: the winners of the 1st place will receive 100 points, the winners of the 2nd place – 75 points, the winners of the 3rd place – 50 points.

Methodologist Inga Poļaka, room 220, T. 67140022, e-mail: inga.polaka@lu.lv