Duration:
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
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Overview

Develop advanced research skills for a rewarding career in information services with a Diploma of Library and Information Services at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course provides comprehensive training in the running of libraries and information agencies. You’ll extend your existing knowledge to be able to solve problems, analyse information and assist others in libraries and information services.

During this course, you’ll develop advanced skills and knowledge in:

  • research, referencing and copyright
  • circulation, cataloguing and collection management
  • specialised technical databases and classification schemes
  • information technology and multimedia
  • use of digital and social media tools
  • communication and customer service.

With leadership training, you’ll also develop the ability to run small group training sessions and supervise staff.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Careers in information services

A Diploma of Library and Information Services will prepare you to work in libraries or other agencies, institutions and organisations such as museums or galleries. You’ll have the advanced skills and knowledge to work with large volumes of information in a variety of positions including as a technician.

Example job titles include:

  • library technician
  • museum coordinator/technician
  • access services officer
  • collection development officer
  • gallery technician
  • education assistant (in museums/galleries)
  • information services officer
  • digital services officer
  • journals officer
  • metadata officer
  • special collections officer
  • technical services officer.

Course structure

To be awarded BSB52115 Diploma of Library and Information Services, students must successfully complete a total of nineteen (19) units, consisting of:

  • seven (7) core units;

  • twelve (12) elective units, of which:

  • nine (9) elective units must be selected from Group A and/or Group B;

  • up to three (3) may be selected from Group A, B and/or Group C, or any currently endorsed training package or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Note: To meet accreditation requirements as a Library Technician, at least seven (7) elective units must be from Group A. The current qualification structure meets this requirement.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group A

Group B

Group C

UNITS IN TRANSITION:

The following unit/s will not be offered to prospective students. These units are only available for current/continuing students.

Group A

Group B

Imported

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals with a sound theoretical knowledge base who use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work or the work of a team, They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have some responsibility for the output of others.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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