ABOUT THE UNIT 

This unit is a core unit for the Certificate II in Information and Cultural Services and the Certificate III in Library and Information Services. The unit introduces you to the skills and knowledge required to acquire information literacy – to recognise when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the information required. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Identifying and defining an information need
  • Gathering further information by a reference interview
  • Brainstorming topics and formulating key words
  • Determining the purpose and outcomes required for the information request
  • Recording details of information requests
  • Identifying appropriate sources of information
  • Utilise appropriate search strategies to locate required information including Boolean searches
  • Evaluate the search results and located information
  • Select appropriate information, considering format and readership levels
  • Adjust search strategies if necessary
  • Prepare results of information searches and present in an appropriate format, both concisely and accurately, whilst complying with copyright.
  • Develop information literacy skills

HOW THIS UNIT RELATES TO YOUR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CAREER

This unit introduces you to the skill of defining, locating, selecting, evaluating and presenting information in response to identified needs. This is a crucial skill when working in Library and Information Services and will be a highly valuable life skill in future study and employment in various work contexts.

TRANSFERABILITY OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

The skills and knowledge gained from this unit are applicable to any workplace context, whether in the Library and Information Services sector or not. It is especially relevant in a Library and Information Services context.

For further information on this unit visit training.gov.au