Information Management aims to help the development of organisations, communities and individuals by improving information flows and recorded memory. It involves the design, development, implementation, management, use and evaluation of library, archival and recordkeeping systems and services.
Information Management assists the cycle of data capture, processing, storage, retrieval, manipulation, presentation, communication, use and evaluation. Organisations and structures provide a framework for the cycle. In Information Management the emphasis is on processes and methods of use, and evaluating their effectiveness from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.
IM at Monash
Monash offers postgraduate and research qualifications in Information Management. The following Monash professional qualifications are recognised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) and the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (formerly the Records Management Association of Australasia (RMAA)).
- Graduate Diploma of Information and Knowledge Management
- Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS)
Library, archival and recordkeeping systems have been established teaching and research areas at Monash for over 30 years. Monash has gained the reputation for being at the forefront of development, with a strong theoretical and applied research base, which supports the development of a curriculum that is both well-grounded in theory and of current practical relevance. The location within the Faculty of Information Technology means that graduates have a thorough grounding in technologies upon which Information Management increasingly depends. Having offered these specialties in off-campus as well as on-campus mode for many years, the professional track draws on a national and international market.
Graduates in Information Management work as information service providers, librarians, archivists and records managers in business, government and community organisations. They are employed in a wide variety of information and knowledge-related roles, as an information manager, information services manager, librarian, teacher librarian, community information officer, research analyst, indexer, cataloguer, metadata analyst, records manager, archivist, office systems manager, document manager, enterprise content manager, information architect, knowledge manager, chief information officer and chief knowledge officer.
Monash graduates will:
- Analyse organisational information systems to identify current and potential problems.
- Plan processes of information product, service and systems development within organisations.
- Describe complex information needs, and design and evaluate alternative information products, services and systems to meet such needs.
- Manage the implementation of information products, services and systems.
- Deploy a range of technologies, tools and techniques in the development and exploitation of organisational information and knowledge assets.
- Develop coordinated enterprise-wide plans and strategies for Information Technology, Information Systems and Information Management and for achieving systems integration.
- Exploit global information networks.
- Develop strategic frameworks for information management and systems infrastructures, operations and evaluation.
- Pursue best practice, industry standards and professional ethics.
Steve Wright is course director of the MBIS which includes graduate programs in Information Management and Business Systems.
His current research interests include the place of IM and different documentary forms in social movements.
Joanne Evans, PhD, teaches units in both the undergraduate and postgraduate Information Management Programs, specialising in the recordkeeping and archives professional track. She has many years of experience in archival and web information systems development, with the technologies she has been involved in designing and developing deployed into a number of research projects, as well as being utilised in small archives settings. Her research interests lies in the multifarious roles metadata plays in creating, managing, and sustaining information infrastructure and systems.
Sue McKemmish, PhD, is Chair of Archival Systems, Monash University, and Director of the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics. She teaches in the recordkeeping and archives professional tracks in the Information Management and Systems program. She is engaged in major research and standards initiatives relating to the use of metadata in records and archival systems, information resource discovery, Indigenous archival services, and the nexus between memories communities, and technologies.