Information Management

information management

Rod Rizzi
Graduate Diploma of Information and Knowledge Management
Lending Services Coordinator, Monash University Library

Rod is employed in the lending services area of the Caulfield campus library. His role involves leading the Readings and Reserve team which create the dedicated web pages on the library website that contain reading lists and associated links to essential and recommended reading.

"Monash University is such a well-regarded Group of Eight university in Australia, coupled with its strong reputation as a first class education provider overseas, I know it would give me the edge over graduates from other institutes.

The fact the course content deals with current trends and technology such as social networking, tagging and web 2.0, I believe also gives me an edge when compared to other graduates." "Studying this course has not only helped me professionally but also in my family life. The options it gave me with work opportunities enabled me to find a job that suited me and my young family. Had it not been for the course I wouldn't have had these choices and my children would see a lot less of their father."

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)).


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.

IM Careers

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 mangement and systems infrastructures, operations and evaluation.
  • Pursue best practice, industry standards and professional ethics.

Staff profiles

Steve Wright

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

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

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.

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