Department of Information Science runs both undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate program operates under the name of ‘BSc. in Information Science’, while the two graduate programs function under discrete name: ‘MSc. in Information and Knowledge Management’ and ‘MSc. in Electronic and Digital Resource Management’.
Objectives of the Programs
Information became a key strategic issue for effective and sustainable development of any type of organization in the modern society. Recent advancements and applications of information systems and technologies have transformed the structure of the international and national economies, leading to new methods and practices in most organizational systems and academic institutions. Therefore, the Bachelor Degree in Information Science is aimed at producing new graduates to satisfy the scarce skilled human power of the country and pay a concern to insufficient emphasis on information resource centers, services and its sciences, which would play a great role in the country’s academic revolution. The challenge will broaden horizons and sharpen skills that will be important as the student matures as a professional and alleviate the country’s skilled human resource in the sector. The objectives of the Information Science program are to: Provide qualified, skilled and competent professionals that would address the qualified human resource needs of the country's education policy and fulfill the scarce personnel market in the profile; Boost professionals learning, teaching, research and services in the area; Prepare information professionals to have a client-centered perspective to be able to design or adapt information products and services that are responsive to user needs, rather than trying to adapt users to the services; Provide professional education for a wide variety of service and management careers in libraries, information agencies, the information industry, and in business, industry, government, research, and similar environments where information is a vital resource. Providing a curriculum that is based on present and probable future characteristics of information professions, emphasizing the essential knowledge, skill, and professional attitude needed by beginning professionals in these fields; Produce qualified information specialists or librarians with adequate theoretical knowledge and practical skills in applications of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Create the curricula that will provide the profession of Information Science with graduates clustering as librarians, systems/business analysts, database administrators, computer support specialists, network specialists, telecommunications analysts, and Internet and web specialists.

Department of Information Science runs two MSc. programs: ‘Electronic and Digital Resource Management’ and ‘Information and Knowledge Management’. MSc. in Electronic and Digital Resource Management prepares students to address the practical needs of government and nongovernmental organizations to address collection, organization, storing, retrieving and dissemination of electronic and digital information through employing the new information technologies and the economic systems. The curriculum is focused on problem solving and managerial skills to make electronic and digital information management a reality. MSc. in Information and Knowledge Management is new economic and societal development driven concept that enable organizations survive and prosper effectively; and engage in knowledge culture, that will lead to the explosion of interest in the careers requiring expertise and understanding of concepts in the area. The program enables students to develop a comprehensive set of high-level skills for employment in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the field, and also in the broader areas of Information Science and Business Intelligence. Entry Requirement The requirements for undergraduate admission to the program are based on the University’s admission requirement as all students are admitted to higher education institutions is based on students’ performance in school leaving certificate examination. Applicants who have successfully completed their ten plus two (10+2) preparatory school education can be considered for admission.

The admission requirement for the MSc. programs are made to be open to all first degree holders but with special preference to candidates with Information Science, Information Studies, Library and Information science, Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, etc. and having passed an entrance examination by the Department of information science; a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 or higher; Candidate must be supported by at least two letters of recommendation from appropriate body or faculties, preferably come from instructors or employers and other conditions as obtained by Jimma University for graduate programs; and International candidates will be excluded from the entrance examination but must submit their motivation for seeking admission into the program. For further information see the Department’s Graduate Program Admission Guideline. Graduate Profile Information is an essential element for education, enlightenment, recreation, research and is also integral part of Non-Governmental organizations, Government organizations, Agencies, Institutions of learning (i.e. Universities, Colleges, School and etc.). They are known for generating, collecting, organizing, storage and disseminating of up-to-date, accurate, unbiased and relevant information in print or non-print formats in order to motivate and satisfy the users’ needs. The curriculum of Information Science program is organized to offers basic general knowledge of the field with opportunities to specialize in particular areas of the field in preparation for a variety of career opportunities/outcomes. The following are some examples of career for the Graduates of Undergraduate program: Chief Information Officer; Information Expert; Information Broker; Information Retrieval Specialist; Information Subject Specialist; Archivist; Knowledge Manager/Organizer; Professional Librarian (Virtual Librarian or Web Librarian); Information Resource Centers/Organizations manager; Record Manager; Information System Manager; Data Miner; Database Designer; Web designer; Indexer; Intellectual Property Adviser/Lawyer; School Resource Media Specialist; Competitive Intelligence Professional; Teacher; Researcher; and Information Scientist. Graduate programs in the field focus on knowledge, practical skills, social skills and responsibilities, values, attitudes, professionalism, problem solving, scientific skills, communication, leadership and team skills, information management and lifelong learning skills with managerial and entrepreneurial skills to professionally engage as Information Specialists; Information Educators and Researchers in Universities; Teacher; Information/Knowledge Manager and etc.
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