The structure of the Information Management program is as follows: In the
Im first stage of study , students are taught basic skills for the broad professional field of information management, mainly in the form of compulsory subjects. This involves the development of theoretical and practical basic knowledge, which is presented in a wide variety of media. In the second stage of study (after the first internship in the 4th semester), individual specialization takes place according to fields of competence via elective subjects.

Kompetenzfelder im Studiengang Informationsmanagement
Fields of competence in the Information Management program

A colorful mix

A significant part of the compulsory area in the first stage of studies includes the development of knowledge of applied computer science, in particular web development and the programming of databases. In addition, knowledge in the field of information research and information retrieval is taught and general basic subjects are offered.

Many elective options in the second stage of study

Due to the structure, students can already begin to specialize in the first stage of their studies. In the second and third semesters, they each choose two of three elective modules. Only in the second stage of study , i.e. after the first compulsory internship, does a deeper specialization take place. There are hardly any compulsory subjects there. The wide range of elective modules, which build on each other, is divided into the following fields of competence :


Students in the field of competence Scientific Library qualify for independent work in scientific libraries in metadata management, information literacy and system library tasks. Following the successful completion, they are able to independently manage a small information facility and to work in a result- and team-oriented and flexible manner with a high degree of service and customer orientation. The career qualification "Scientific Services in Libraries (category 2)" can be awarded.

  • Evaluation of catalogs and electronic services
  • Application of formal cataloguing
  • Metadata management and information literacy
  • Manage information facility independently and with attention to service and customer

Knowledge Services

The field of competence Knowledge Services is dedicated to core processes around information services and knowledge work. It teaches basic know-how on the acquisition, processing and provision of content, on the marketing and management of information products and services, and on methods for information and knowledge transfer.

  • Information services and knowledge work
  • Expertise in capturing, preparing, and delivering content
  • Marketing and management of information products and services
  • Methods for information and knowledge transfer

Information Literacy

In the field of competence Information Literacy, concepts for implementing training courses are developed on the basis of basic didactic knowledge and a selection of teaching methods. In a practice-oriented sub-module, students carry out these training courses and reflect on their teaching activities. The courses are aimed at students in libraries or employees in companies.

  • Basic didactical knowledge
  • Teaching methods
  • Concept development for the implementation of training courses
  • Reflection on own teaching activities

Media Knowledge

The field of competence Media Expertise covers both the history of the letterpress and print media as well as the knowledge of storage possibilities for audiovisual media. In this area, analogue and digital information mediums in the fields of photography, audio, film and video are examined with regard to their technical characteristics such as resolution and reproduction quality, storage and copying capability as well as further processing. In addition, research and documentation in the field of the above-mentioned AV media will be addressed and corresponding regulations will be discussed.

  • History of the art of letterpress printing and print media
  • Storage options for audiovisual media
  • Investigation of information carriers with regard to technical properties
  • Research and documentation of AV media

Data Science

The field of competence Data Science offers modules for information retrieval, text and data mining and the application of these methods in scientific institutions. On the one hand, this field of competence should prepare for the increasing importance of text and data mining in the professional practice of information managers, especially in scientific libraries. On the other hand, this module is also intended to prepare students for subjects in the fields of machine learning, retrieval, data mining and computational linguistics in information science master programs.

  • Information retrieval
  • Importance of text and data mining in the professional practice of information managers
  • Information facility library
  • machine learning, retrieval, data mining and computational linguistics.

Web Information Management

The field of competence Web Information Management deals with the development, optimization and marketing of complex online offers. It includes content management, multimedia and interactive web offerings as well as the review and improvement of the user experience and content marketing.

  • Conception and implementation of interactive web and media offers
  • Web development and database management
  • Content management and marketing
  • User Experience Design and Information Architecture

Firstly, the division of modules into fields of competence should enable a wide variety of study paths. Secondly, the grouping of electives in larger coherent fields of competence should lead to all students acquiring in-depth knowledge in two areas.

Of the 15 potential combinations, eleven are supported in the timetable, as they lead to job profiles in demand on the labour market. The remaining four combinations are not possible for capacity reasons.

Library and Information LiteracyClassical librarian who performs training
Library and Media ExpertiseLibrarian specialising in music, AV media or historical collections
Optionally museum or archive work
Library and Data ScienceLibrarian with IT knowledge
System librarian
Knowledge Services and Media ExpertiseInformation manager in a company with focus on the use of various media
Knowledge Services and Data ScienceTechnically oriented information manager
Research Data Management
Participation in data analysis, business intelligence, monitoring etc.
Knowledge Services and Online Information ManagementTechnically oriented information manager
Web Developer
Information Literacy and Media ExpertiseMedia instructor
Information Literacy and Online Information ManagementEducational use of web technologies
Media Expertise and Data ScienceParticipation in digitization projects
Research Data Management
Technical tasks in libraries and archives with AV collections
Media Expertise and Online Information ManagementPreparation of digital content for the Internet
Online Marketing
Publishing houses
Data Science and Online Information ManagementTechnically oriented information managers at the junction of information management and system development
Database manager
Learning contents of the individual fields of competence (available in German):
Grafik zu den Lerninhalten der einzelnen Kompetenzfelder
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