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 contribute to the management of collections and resource materials. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Review the use of collections, including evaluation of usage data as a basis to reflect and predict client demands and changing needs
  • Source information on current and emerging trends and formats relevant to customer needs in relation to collections
  • Apply information about collection strategies and policies, and contribute to their development to meet organisational and customer needs
  • Investigate emerging trends relating to technologies, including in publishing and their potential for providing access to resources.
  • Source information about the supply options for library resources
  • Assist with the selection, acquisition and disposal of materials
  • Develop and assess proposals for selecting, acquiring and disposing of material
  • Establish and maintain processes to review collections in line with collection strategies and policies
  • Make recommendations regarding allocation of funds for acquisition of information resources
  • Monitor all outsourced functions, including performance of contractors.

HOW THIS UNIT RELATES TO YOUR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CAREER

This unit typically applies to a person working in a Library and Information Services context, who is involved in the management of the library’s collection, including the selection, acquisition, management, weeding and disposal of materials. Importantly, it looks at creating strategies to manage this full end-to-end process, and to align these strategies to organisational policies and procedures.

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