Norwegian version

Theories in Library and Information Science (PBIB9000)

PhD course

The content of this doctoral study course is based on selected fields of contemporary research in the library and information science (LIS). It is designed to Nordic and Baltic LIS doctoral students, but also suitable for doctoral students in LIS in any other part of the world or in related research areas

  • Application and admission

    Deadline for application 15 June 2021

    Admission Requirements: The course is offered only to fellows who are admitted to PhD programs or equivalent.

    • External applicants use Søknadsweb ( (Search for Doctoral modules and then Doctoral modules Faculty of Social Sciences, course 5688).
    • Internal candidates use Studentweb ( and sign up themselves, or contact the PhD administration.

    Required attachments for the application:

    • External applicants must submit a summary of about one A4 page with information about their own PhD project and why this topic is considered relevant for their own project. The summary is uploaded to the Søknadsweb.
    • Internal candidates send the summary to the PhD administration.
  • Autumn 2021

    Course structure:  The course consists of independent studies and seminars. The first gathering will take place digitally on Zoom, 27 September-1 October.  The second gathering will take place at campus 15-17  November.

  • What do you learn

    In the course, the following research topics are emphasized:

    • Metaviews in LIS
    • Information and society
    • Mediation of literature and culture
    • Perspectives from reception theory and Sociology of literature
    • Knowledge organization & Knowledge management
    • Scholarly communication and Scientometrics
    • Information behaviour, practices and literacies
    • Archival records and Document genres
    • Information retrieval & Interactive information retrieval
  • Course content

  • Course certificate

    Participants who have completed and passed  the course may obtain documentation themselves. You can order a transcript of grades on StudentWeb ( or it can be obtained from Vitnemålsportalen (vitnemå You can find more information about grade transcript and diploma ( on the student pages.

Course responsible

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PhD administration

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