This unit describes skills and knowledge required to select and use established tools, systems, technologies, conventions and standards to search, retrieve and validate data from catalogues at an introductory level. It applies to individuals working in a library or information services context, under supervision, who apply a general understanding of cataloguing and bibliographic concepts in their job.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - apply general knowledge of cataloguing tools and standards to work activities; - demonstrate an understanding of cataloguing entries and components to search and retrieve records, and; - use current industry systems, technologies and conventions.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - identify principal cataloguing tools used in libraries and information services in Australia endorsed by the Australian Committee on Cataloguing (ACOC); - describe application of tools to different areas of work; - outline rationale behind cataloguing tools and systems in the broad library and information services context; - explain basic components and structure of bibliographic records, including descriptive cataloguing records and machine readable cataloguing (marc) formats, and; - describe commonly used classification and subject heading schemes.

Where to next?

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.