Bachelor of Library and Information Studies (BLIS)

This is a three year programme consisting of 2 semesters each year with a minimum of 60 credits per semester. The BLIS programme will be completed in three years time. This will give students time to grasp the various concepts, skills and knowledge needed for a librarian and information specialist. In particular, students shall be expected to participate in practical training in the first and second years in different libraries, information centres, documentation centres and other resource centre in different ministries, institutions and organizations for gaining work experience.

The courses in the first year lay a foundation and background in library and information science. Therefore, at the end of year I, the students shall be able to:

  •     Participate in library operations, activities and services
  •     Search, retrieve and utilize different kind of information
  •     Apply ICTs in information handling
  •     Apply theories, principles and practices of bibliographic description
  •     Classify different library resources and services
  •     Organize library and information centre resources

The courses in the second year intend to broaden and strengthen student’s skills and knowledge on the library and information profession.  At the end of Year II, the students shall be able to:

  •     Apply the principles governing records and archives management
  •     Design, analyze and evaluate information systems
  •     Explain the concepts, principles and models of human communication
  •     Describe the principles and standards in cataloguing library materials
  •     Demonstrate skills and knowledge to develop and manage library and information centre collections
  •     Market library and information resources and services

Courses in the third year will increase and deepen student’s insights into the library and information science discipline. Students are equipped with advanced skills and knowledge for strengthening their career in library and information environment. At the end of Year III, students should be able to:

  •     Manage libraries and information centres
  •     Apply laws and policies governing the use of information in Tanzania
  •     Create and manage different kinds of information and knowledge
  •     Plan, develop and manage public/community libraries
  •     Apply techniques and skills to develop digital libraries
  •     Handle information needs of users with special needs
  •     Automate library and information centres