The Department of Library Information, and Archive Sciences (LIAS) provides the education necessary to compete and succeed in this contemporary information age. As part of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (MAKS), LIAS presents unique opportunities to build and expand one’s knowledge, skills, and capabilities in diverse information professions. LIAS provides expertise and leadership in the fields with some 25 years of teaching and research excellence coupled with active engagement in local, regional, and global Library, Information, Archival and Records Management scenes.
At the local level, the Department collaborates with Faculties and Departments at the University of Malta, as well as with the University Library.
At the national level, the Department collaborates, among other, with the National Library of Malta, the National Archives of Malta, the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, the Central Bank of Malta, Malta’s Broadcasting Authority, and Malta’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). It also has links with the Malta Libraries Council (MLC), the Malta Library and Information Association (MaLIA), the Cathedral Archives Resources Council, and the Malta National Archives Council.
At the international level, the Department has collaborated with the BBC, the British Library, the French National Audio-Visual Institute, the Open Society Archives at the Central European University, University College London, The Library and Museum of St. John's Gate in London, University of Split, Vilnjus University, Belarusian State University, and St. John’s University, Minnesota, USA.
The Department’s diverse cohort of scholars and professionals have lectured, researched, and published both locally and internationally. Its research directions and interests include bibliographic control, document/book history, documentation science, records and information management, information theory, information policy (access, freedom, security, rights, and other related issues), the intersections of information, society, culture, politics and technology, digital archives and libraries, and electronic publishing and scholarly communication.
The Department’s programmes are essential for working professionals seeking to strengthen their qualifications and scholars wishing to advance their research. Areas of studies at Undergraduate level include:
- Library and Information Studies (LIS)
- Archives and Records Management (ARM)
- Knowledge and Information Management (KIM)
At Master level the department offers programmes covering the following:
- Taught Master in Documentary Heritage and Melitensia Studies
- Master by Research in a related area approved by the Department
Research at Ph.D. level is also offered by the Department.
LIAS graduates can work in diverse information professions such as knowledge, information, and records management, librarianship in its rich diversity (academic, public, special, digital), archival work, and information policy analysis (access, freedom, ethics, privacy, security rights). Indeed, the Department’s graduates are well-positioned to provide expert knowledge, analysis, and insight for organizations aiming to maximise their information assets and potentials. Graduates are prepared for careers as knowledge, information, or records managers, information policy researchers, knowledge consultants, information specialists, librarians, archivists, preservationists, curators, and librarians.
Individuals interested in following such courses for their own personal interest are also very welcome. This is particularly the case with the Diploma courses and the Master of Arts in Documentary Heritage and Melitensia. The latter course is ideal for Melitensia lovers and those who carry out research in Maltese archives.