ABOUT THE UNIT 

This unit is an elective unit for the Diploma of Library and Information Services. The unit provides the skills and knowledge required to analyse, catalogue and classify material to facilitate customer access. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Standard pre-cataloguing procedures, including subject analysis, identifying subjects to suit customer needs, priority cataloguing etc.
  • Ensuring the accuracy and attention to detail of catalogue material
  • Cataloguing precedents
  • Meeting customer needs, and adapting catalogue and cataloguing practices according to any special requirements
  • Identifying subject headings  and access points
  • Utilising cataloguing standards
  • Utilising or creating cataloguing workflows
  • Changing standards and cataloguing tools to meet the challenges of changing practices and digital technologies
  • Utilising different classification schemes, including relevant call numbers and notations, and shelf listing, enabling the locating of materials
  • Monitoring cataloguing procedures and maintaining catalogue maintenance
  • Identifying cataloguing trends and changes, including automated solutions and Integrated Library Management Systems (ILMS)

HOW THIS UNIT RELATES TO YOUR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CAREER

This unit applies to information services professionals with highly developed technical skills and knowledge.  The unit focuses on subject cataloguing and requires a sound understanding of bibliographic organisation methods and the ability to use interpretation, judgement to deviate from precedent where necessary. A library technician working autonomously would generally undertake this role.

TRANSFERABILITY OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

The skills and knowledge gained from this unit are applicable more specifically to a library and information services workplace context.

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