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 establish and manage procedures for the care, maintenance and preservation of collections, both print and electronic. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Review and update maintenance and preservation systems, procedures and policies
  • Assess collection care and maintenance needs of specific collections, including the use of specialist expertise where required
  • Where applicable, ensure that preservation procedures comply with organisational digital preservation policies
  • Communication of maintenance and preservation procedures to relevant staff
  • Establish and develop risk-management strategies and procedures, particularly around key risk factors for collections (including digital collections)
  • Develop appropriate migration strategies to ensure preservation of data
  • Instigate systems for the regular monitoring of collection maintenance and preservation procedures
  • Assess the application of safe and secure work practices and take action to address any problems
  • Contribute to monitoring the organisation’s collection development and digital preservation policies
  • Consult with colleagues and use feedback to improve maintenance and preservation procedures.

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, enabling them to assist in implementing policies and procedures designed to preserve materials from further degradation, and to ensure digital and organic material is preserved and migrated to ensure accessibility is maintained for future generations.

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