ABOUT THE UNIT 

This unit is a core unit for the Certificate IV and Diploma of Library and Information Services. This unit really is the foundation stone unit – a great introductory unit that introduces the learner to the broader Library and Information Services (LIS) sector. The unit provides an overview of the library and information services sector enabling a broader understanding of the industry (not limited to your own workplace) and explore different types of libraries and career options within the industry. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Develop networking and other strategies for keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry
  • Source industry information
  • Different purposes, functions and types of libraries
  • Application of industry knowledge to enhance work activities and outcomes
  • Source and apply information on industry employment obligations and opportunities
  • Identify relevant professional bodies and associations, and their roles and functions
  • Legislation and information services
  • Historical perspective of libraries in Australia
  • Maintaining industry currency
  • Key library issues and trends

HOW THIS UNIT RELATES TO YOUR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CAREER

This unit is all about laying the groundwork for working in Library and Information Services and understanding the context in which you work. This unit will give you an overall snapshot of the various types of libraries and information about possible career options in the library and information services sector. It is a crucial foundation unit to provide the relevant context in which you will be working.

TRANSFERABILITY OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

The skills and knowledge gained from this unit are applicable to any library and information services workplace context. It is about providing generalist industry knowledge.

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