Programs and Courses

Bachelor of Arts - Major Subject

Admission criteria: Matriculation average of 87.0; Psychometric test mark of 580. (If matriculation average is 95.0, psychometric mark is unnecessary).

Course of study: 27 credits (including two seminar courses) divided throughout the three years of studies for a Bachelor of Arts. Students must choose a second area of Major study from any of the fields of study offered in the University.

Additional requirements:

  1. Participation in all of the lab tutorials, field trips and departmental
    seminars
  2. Language - English (participation in courses in first year of study)
  3. Judaica studies - as required by the Committee for Under-graduate Studies
  4. Internship - 160 hours internship or field project

1st Year Students - 9 credits.

Required courses: 9 credits

2nd Year Students - 9 credits.

Required courses: 6 credits

Choose one of the followung (1 Credit)

Elective courses: 2 credits:

3rd Year Students - 9 credits.

Required courses: 6 credits:

Elective courses: 1 credit:

Seminar courses: 2 credits - 3rd Year Students must choose 2 seminars from the
following:

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Bachelor of Arts - Minor Subject

Admission criteria: Matriculation average of 87.0; Psychometric test mark of 580. (If matriculation average is 95.0, psychometric mark is unnecessary).

Course of study: 16 credits (including one seminar course) divided throughout the three years of studies for a Bachelor of Arts. Students must choose an area of Major study from any of the fields of study offered in the University.

Additional requirements:

  1. Participation in all of the lab tutorials, field trips and departmental
    seminars
  2. Language - English (participation in courses in first year of study)
  3. Judaica studies - as required by the Committee for Under-graduate Studies
  4. Internship - 160 hours internship or field project

1st Year Students - 5 credits.

Required courses: 5 credits

2nd Year Students - 6 credits.

Required courses: 6 credits

Choose 1 of the following:

3rd Year Students - 5 credits.

Required courses: 2 credits:

Elective courses: 2 credits:

Seminar courses: 1 credit - 3rd Year Students must choose 1 seminar from the following:

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Master of Arts in Information Science

Admission criteria: Minimum grade average in BA studies - 85.0. The Department reserves the right to raise the admission crishould the number of applicants exceed the amount of places open to new students. Whenever necessary, a personal interview will be requested.

Students may choose between two options:

  1. A shorter course of study (16 credits), including the writing of two seminar papers and the writing of a Master’s thesis, divided throughout the two years of studies
  2. A longer course of study (24 credits) including the writing of three seminar papers, divided throughout the two years of studies

Master students may choose one of the following areas of specialization:

I. Information Science in Educational and Cultural

Institutions

II. Information Science: Organizational Information Services

III. Information Science: Knowledge Management

IV. Information Science: Information Technology

V. Social Information

VI. Judaica Librarianship (will not be offered in 2001/02)

Master’s Programs

Requirements for MA Degree with the writing of a Master’s thesis:

Requirements for MA Degree without the writing of a Master’s thesis:

Additional requirements:

  1. Language - English on MA level; second foreign language (other than
    English)
  2. Judaica studies - as required by the Committee for Graduate Studies
  3. Internship - 160 hours internship or field project
  4. Participation in all of the lab tutorials, field trips and department colloquia
  5. Approval of thesis advisor by the Head of the Department. Thesis proposal must be submitted for approval by the end of the first semester of the second year of studies. Students will be required to prepare a verbal defense of their Master’s thesis.

Prerequisite courses for MA students without previous information science/library training (13 credits)

Course Plan for MA in Information Science

I. Information Science in Educational and Cultural Institutions

These studies concentrate on the intensive training of professionals that will enable them to occupy positions of management and leadership in libraries and information centers, as well as concentrating on tools for research and development of the profession.

In this area of specialization, studies will focus on the management of libraries and information centers in the educational and academic setting and on knowledge organization and information delivery and access for various groups of users.

Course plan without thesis: 24 credits

1st Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 7 credits

Elective courses: 5 credits

2nd Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 4 credits

Elective courses: 2 credits

Elective courses: 3 credits

Seminar Courses: 3 credits

Course plan with thesis: 16 credits

1st Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses:- 6 credits

Elective courses: 2 credits

2nd Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 3 credits

Elective courses: 3 credits

Seminar Courses: 2 credits

 

II. Information Science: Organizational Information Services

These studies will focus on the expansion of the student's knowledge in the age of information, information retrieval from computerized databases and the Internet, the management of information centers, and the development of information services. Emphasis will be placed on research into the characteristics and behavior of information, and information flow and cyclic behavior in the processing of information, including its production, dispersion, storage, retrieval, interpretation and use. This course of study is recommended for those interested in working in information centers or in industrial, corporate or governmental information units.

Course plan without thesis: 24 credits

1st Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 7 credits

Choose 2 of the following:

Elective courses: 5 credits

2nd Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 5 credits

Elective Courses: 4 credits

Seminar Courses: 3 credits

Course plan with thesis: 16 credits

1st Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 6 credits

Elective courses: 2 credits

2nd Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 3 credits

Elective Courses: 3 credits

Seminar Courses : 2 credits

III. Information Science: Knowledge Management

These studies will focus on the management of information and the training of information managers for companies specializing in hi-tech and information technologies. Emphasis is on the information professional's contribution to the promotion of organizational processes and to the advancement of information systems within the organization, that can provide technological solutions that support decision making within the organization.

Course plan without thesis: 24 credits

1st Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 8 credits

Elective courses: 4 credits

2nd Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 7 credits

Choose 2 of the following:

Elective Courses: 2 credits

Seminar Courses: 3 credits

Course plan with thesis: 16 credits

1st Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 8 credits

2nd Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 3 credits

Choose 1 of the following:

Elective Courses: 3 credits

Seminar Courses: 2 credits

IV. Information Science: Information Technology

The goal of this area of specialization is the training of information specialists specializing in electronic and virtual information, with emphasis on the construction, development and management of Internet Websites, the implementation of computer graphics and the use of advanced programming tools. Students will be trained to serve as managers of Internet Websites and virtual forums.

Course plan without thesis: 24 credits

1st Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 12 credits

2nd Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 8 credits

Choose 1 of the following:

Elective Courses: 1 credit

Seminar Courses: 3 credits

Course plan with thesis: 16 credits

1st Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 8 credits

2nd Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 6 credits

Seminar Courses: 2 credits

V. Social Information

The goal of this area of specialization is the training of information specialists and librarians with a high degree of social awareness that will enable them to contribute to the development of the social aspects inherent in the use of books and information.

Students will be trained to serve as social information professionals, to work on the development of co-therapeutic databases and to manage self-help desks in libraries and information centers.

Course plan without thesis: 24 credits

1st Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 8 credits

Elective courses: 4 credits

Center (1 cr.)

2nd Year Students - 12 credits

Required courses: 4 credits

Elective courses: 5 credits

Choose from more courses from course list, pending recommendation of the student advisor (1 cr.)

Seminar Courses: 3 credits

Course plan without thesis: 16 credits

1st Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 3 credits

Elective courses: 5 credits

2nd Year Students - 8 credits

Required courses: 3 credits

Elective courses: 3 credits

Seminar Courses: 2 credits

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Doctoral Program in Information Science

Admission criteria: Candidates for the doctoral program must hold a Masters of Arts degree (with a MA thesis), with minimum average of 85. Candidates must also present academic recommendation. A personal interview with the Chair of the Department will be requested.

Program of Studies:

  1. Candidates accepted to the doctoral program must present the research proposal for their Phd. dissertation by the end of the first year of study.
  2. Course Requirements:

3. General Requirements:

Candidates accepted to the doctoral program must fulfill all the general requirements for of Bar-Ilan University for the completion of their doctoral degree (e.g., language, basic courses etc.). Presentation of the research proposal and doctoral dissertation must be in accordance with the requirements of the Doctoral Degree Committee of Bar-Ilan University.

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Faculty

Dr. Snunith Shoham, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

Prof. Sara Fine, Full Professor

Prof. Shifra Baruchson-Arbib, Associate Professor

Prof. Elchanan Adler, Associate Professor

Prof. Shlomo Havelin, Associate Professor

Prof. Dov Te’eni, Associate Professor

Dr. Silvia Shenkolewski-Kroll, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Moshe Yitzhaki, Senior Lecturer

Dr. Yudit Bar-Ilan,Senior Lecturer

Dr. Dan Buchnik, Lecturer

Dr. Asher Idan, Lecturer

Dr. Irit Getz, Lecturer

Dr. Limor Yigal, Lecturer

Dr. Avi Cohen, Lecturer

Dr. Ya’akov Kupermann, Lecturer

Dr. Nira Shalom, Lecturer

Ms. Miriam Farber, Instructor

Ms. Noa Aharoni, Teacher

Mr. Menahem Dolinsky, Teacher

Ms. Dina Goldschmidt, Teacher

Mr. Alon Hasgal, Teacher

Ms. Rochelle Kedar, Teacher

Ms. Judith Koren, Teacher

Ms. Shoshana Krim, Teacher

Mr. Hadad Peretz, Teacher

Mr. Ami Salant, Teacher

Mr. Chayim Seymour, Teacher

Ms. Hadas Weinberger, Teacher

Ms. Ilana Zur, Teacher

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Administrative staff

Ms. Amalia Brand, Department Coordinator

Ms. Dina Goldschmidt, Director of Departmental Library

Ms. Idit Fintz, Manager of Departmental Computer Laboratory