The Library Science Program trains professionals to locate, store, retrieve and organize information in any medium: from books and paper documents to those stored in electronic databases or available on the Internet.
Diversity and versatility are characteristics of the Library Science graduate, who is also able to create tools of access to information and perform library marketing and advertising activities. Thus, s/he can work in any institution, such as companies, organizations, law firms, trade unions, museums, newspapers, and federal, state or municipal government agencies containing libraries or documentation centers.
In the computer lab, students can develop research techniques especially focused on the internet, which is gaining increasing relevance, as it creates new job positions. Other traditional areas of study are also included in the program.
The curriculum is comprised of around 50 courses, grouped into three areas: General Foundations, including courses taught in other programs; Instrumentals, which covers subjects in the fields of languages, logic and research methods and techniques; and Professional Training, that provides students with the theoretical foundations of library science.
A mandatory internship of 270 hours must be done in the last semester, in any institution that has a document archive and receives the approval of the Department of Information Science’s Internship Office. For degree completion, the student must write a report about the supervised internship experience, plus a final paper (TCC).
Throughout the program, students can engage in a number of outreach activities developed in two support libraries: the Library Education (www.ced.ufsc.br/bibliote/edubibli.html) and the Virtual Library in the fields of Library Science and Information Science (www.ced.ufsc.br/bibliote/virtual). They can also have access to the laboratories of Restoration and Conservation of documents and of Information Handling. This latter is used for the study and thematic analysis of texts and books, and it is an opportunity of learning about different fields of knowledge.
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