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Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Leadership (Level 7)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


The Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Leadership will prepare you for a wide range of leadership roles within one or more of the professional sectors specialising in library and information services and management. Graduates will be confident, culturally competent, and collaborative leaders, empowering and inspiring people, communities and organisations to reach their potential.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate key contemporary and professional issues facing the information industries and the role of the information manager in addressing them
  • Understand and apply operational and strategic management in library and information contexts
  • Support the achievement of aspirations and goals of people, communities and organisations by demonstrating and enhancing the value and impact of information and library and information services
  • Lead and innovate in the development and delivery of library and information services, collections and programmes.

Career opportunities

This qualification is ideal for people in management roles and roles with a strategic focus designing and leading change. Possible career roles include library manager, digital services manager, service delivery manager, archives director, records manager or information manager.

Study pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Leadership prepares graduates to enter postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD qualifications in related areas such as information management, education, management and community development.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme you need to have a Bachelor degree in a relevant field; or significant professional experience in the library, archives, records and information management sectors to the satisfaction of the Programme Leader.

IELTS test – a score of 6 (Academic) with no band score lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for Schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

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