Degree in Information and Documentation


Program Description

  • Official title: Graduate in Information and Documentation
  • Branch of knowledge: Social and Legal Sciences
  • Center: Faculty of Translation and Documentation
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Spanish Language
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 42


The Degree in Information and Documentation (BOE 12/11/2009) began to be taught in the 2008-09 academic year, replacing the Diploma in Library and Information Science and the Degree in Documentation (2nd cycle). This Degree has renewed its accreditation in 2015.

This Degree is included within the branch of Social and Legal Sciences and tries to respond to the growing demand of professionals in the field of management, treatment, conservation and dissemination of information and documents. Graduates in Information and Documentation will be professionals capable of integrating into services and information systems of all kinds, and will facilitate that these organizations provide better services, quantitatively and qualitatively.


The training that is taught in the Degree includes subjects aimed at the mastery of information and communication technologies as well as others related to disciplinary fields such as Law, Sociology and Languages. The training is completed with compulsory professional practices in the last course, which allow students to have the opportunity to make contact with the work environment before graduating.

In the academic year 2011-12, once the favorable report from ACSUCyL has been received, the Adaptation Course to the Degree in Information and Documentation will be given so that the Diploma in Library Science and Documentation, graduates of the previous ordination, obtain , after passing it, the title of Graduate in Information and Documentation. From 2016-2017 no new places of enrollment of this Adaptation Course are offered.

The USAL offers the possibility of studying:

  • Double Degree in Information and Documentation and in Political Science and Public Administration.
  • Double Degree in Social Education and Information and Documentation.
  • Double Degree in Computer Engineering of Information Systems and Information and Documentation.
  • Double Degree in Pedagogy and Information and Documentation.
  • Double Degree in Information and Documentation and in History.


Basic skills

  1. That students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in an area of study that starts from the base of general secondary education, and is usually found at a level that, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of his field of study.
  2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of study.
  3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
  4. That the students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized audience. CB5 - That the students have developed the necessary learning skills to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

General Competences

  1. Know, understand and apply principles and techniques for the planning, design, management and evaluation of services, units and information systems, adapting them to the needs and profiles of users.
  2. Know and apply methods and techniques for the identification, selection, recovery, organization and representation of information sources and resources, as well as the techniques for the study, analysis, evaluation and improvement of the processes of production, transfer and use of information and of scientific activity.

Transversal Competences

  1. Perfect oral and written communication in the native language and know a foreign language.
  2. Capacity for analysis and synthesis, critical reasoning, problem solving, decision making and teamwork.
  3. Skills in interpersonal relationships and work in an international context.
  4. Respect for the culture of peace and promotion of democratic values. Awareness of equality between men and women.
    Recognition of diversity and multiculturalism.
  5. Support for the integration of people with disabilities.
  6. Autonomous learning and Adaptation to new situations. Leadership.
  7. Sensitivity towards environmental issues.

Specific Competences

  1. Analyze and interpret the practices, demands, needs and expectations of producers, users and customers, current and potential, and develop their information culture helping them to make the best use of available resources.
  2. Orient themselves in the national and international professional environment of information and documentation, as well as in their political, economic and institutional environment.
  3. Apply the legal and regulatory dispositions and procedures both nationally and internationally CE04 - Identify, evaluate and validate information, documents and their sources, both internal and external.
  4. Elaborate and apply criteria for gathering, selecting, acquiring and eliminating documents that allow the constitution and organization of collections of documents of any nature or archive collections, keeping them accessible, developing them keeping them up-to-date and purging them of elements that have become useless, following the evolution of user needs.
  5. Define and apply methods and techniques to order, protect, preserve, preserve and restore documentary supports of any nature.
  6. Identify and represent in the adopted documentary language or in another symbolic system the semantic content of a document or of a collection of documents or of a file collection.
  7. Organize and structure the data related to the description of documents and collections of documents in any medium; create and exploit the tools to access data, documents or references.
  8. Search and retrieve information by methods that allow responding to the expectations of the plaintiffs in optimal conditions of cost and time.
  9. Make the information processed available and exploitable and facilitate its use by providing documentary products and services.
  10. Use and put into practice methods, techniques and computer tools (hardware or software) for the implementation, development and exploitation of information systems.
  11. Use and implement the methods, techniques and tools (hardware or software) for the implementation, development and operation of telecommunication systems.
  12. Produce or reproduce documents in any medium and format with a view to their dissemination.
  13. To guarantee the maintenance of the general administration, the administrative management and the logistical support of the activity of an organism.
  14. Analyze and situate the activity in a strategic and competitive context; promote this activity by developing and fine-tuning the appropriate work tools for market capture.
  15. Establish and maintain relationships with customers or partners in order to sell products and services.
  16. Acquisition of documentary products or services, based on current regulations for their management and an established procurement policy.
  17. Control and optimize permanently the agency's resources and their use.
  18. Organize physically the workspace, of conservation, of the reception of the public, of exhibitions, with a view to providing the services that are expected.
  19. Anticipate, organize, manage and carry out a technical project integrating environmental constraints: human, economic, calendar, regulatory.
  20. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of an organization, a product or a service, establish and use indicators, develop solutions to improve quality.
  21. Ensure the integration, efficiency and well-being of the staff of a work unit, applying the legislation and regulations in force, respecting the objectives of the company, favoring the personal and professional development of individuals.
  22. Conceive and execute an action or a plan of initial or continuous training.
  23. Other knowledge applied to information and documentation.

Admission profile

Those interested in the Degree in Information and Documentation must have passed the Bachillerato and the entrance exam to the University. Due to its characteristics, the Degree in Information and Documentation is aimed at students who have completed the Baccalaureate in the Humanities and Social Sciences modality.

It could also interest graduates in other disciplines who are performing their professional activity in information units and wish to obtain specific training in information and documentation of an official and university nature. In the case of professionals who did not have previous higher education and were older than 25 years, they would have to pass the entrance exams to the University established for this group through options C (Humanities) and D (Social Sciences).

The personal and academic characteristics that are considered appropriate to pursue this Degree are:

Personal characteristics

  • Interest in the search and retrieval of information, both manually and in electronic environments.
  • Taste for reading and the world of books.
  • Capacity for autonomous learning and teamwork.
  • Skills for interpersonal communication.
  • Ability to analyze and critical reasoning.
  • Common sense.
  • Ethical and democratic commitment.
  • Respect for diversity and multiculturalism.

Academic characteristics

  • Sociohumanistic training.
  • General culture.
  • Basic computer
  • Foreign language.
  • Good command of the Castilian language: spelling, grammar and writing.

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

In order to enroll in this Degree, special conditions or tests different from the general ones established by the basic state regulations are not provided.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Academic Outputs

Once you finish the Degree in Information and Documentation, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • Digital Information Systems
  • Social Studies of Science and Technology
  • Evaluation and Management of Cultural Heritage
  • Advanced Analysis of Multivariate Data and Big Data
  • Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact
  • Advanced Studies in Philosophy
  • Logic and Philosophy of Science
  • ESO and Baccalaureate Teacher, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Professional outings

The graduate works in all types of libraries, documentation and information centers and archives, and as a content manager. Among its tasks are to select, organize and preserve the information and printed documentation, as well as that presented in other formats (sound and video recordings, photographs, motion pictures, digital resources, etc.). The information is processed according to the user community to which the service is provided.

The first approach to the professional competencies of the information specialist refers to where he performs his usual work, namely: libraries, centers, cabinets and information-documentation departments, archives and specific electronic information services. These professional fields, as can be seen, are very broad, so according to the specific sector, a series of specific skills may be required. However, given the mediating role of this profession (between the document and the user, between two users, or between the information processing machine and the user) there may be a large number of situations in which shared competences are exercised with others. professionals, such as mass communicators, sociologists, information system designers, economic planners. Therefore, although the existence of shared competences among several types of professionals is necessary and unavoidable, we are going to refer to the competences of the specialists in documentary information.

At the end of their studies, our graduates will be able to exercise their professional activity not only in the traditional fields of our profession (archives, libraries and documentation centers), but also in the media (press, radio and television), chemical and pharmaceutical industries, health centers, law firms, telephony and telecommunications providers, consulting companies ... That is, in any organization that has information services and systems, and wants to manage them in a professional manner

What career opportunities do you have?

The labor insertion is higher than 85%. The main outputs are related to companies related to information (newspapers, documentation centers, or magazines) or libraries. In addition, any company may need a documentalist.

Why do you prepare me?

To be a documentalist and information manager in the media, public administration, hospitals or other organizations. For the planning and direction of the information services of all kinds of organizations. It also trains for the organization, administration and direction of libraries or to carry out teaching and research tasks.

Last updated Mar 2020

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