ABOUT THE UNIT 

This unit is an elective unit for the Certificate IV and Diploma of Library and Information Services. The unit provides the skills and knowledge required to search and retrieve information from a range of bibliographic and full text databases. The unit focuses on the range of databases available to information services providers and the skills necessary to formulate effective search strategies to meet customer information needs. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and customers
  • Use problem solving skills to develop alternative search processes or methods when information cannot be readily located
  • Apply technology skills in the use of current industry database systems
  • Use information literacy skills to interpret a wide range of information and ideas
  • Understand the role of databases in the context of the information services industry
  • Understand the scope and type of databases available to information services providers
  • Understand features of commonly used databases, including bibliographic information, downloadable records, in print status and current prices
  • Devise effective search strategies and apply appropriate database searching techniques and procedures to source information in response to various customer needs
  • Understand copyright, moral rights and intellectual property (IP) issues and legislation that impact on the use of information obtained from databases
  • Respond to multiple and varied information requests
  • Prepare bibliographic reference lists using APA6 referencing style

HOW THIS UNIT RELATES TO YOUR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CAREER

This unit applies to individuals who undertake regular database searches as part of their information services role. It is relevant to all Library and Information Services contexts.

TRANSFERABILITY OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

The skills and knowledge gained from this unit are applicable to any library and information services workplace context, and would be relevant to other industries or study, requiring the accessing of specific information.

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