This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design systems and structures related to copy and original descriptive cataloguing; to search, retrieve and edit material from existing records and to undertake general catalogue maintenance. This requires application of a sound knowledge of cataloguing standards and systems. It applies to individuals in information services organisations, working according to established procedures and guidelines, with minimal supervision, and with responsibility for maintaining catalogues, as well as for copy and original descriptive cataloguing.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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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: - create, edit and maintain catalogue records accurately, and in the process demonstrate: - sound knowledge of bibliographic and catalogue record components; - knowledge of cataloguing standards; - use of current industry systems, and; - complete activities within realistic workplace time constraints.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - reference cataloguing standards and systems used in Australian libraries endorsed by the Australian Committee on Cataloguing (ACOC); - apply commonly used automated cataloguing systems and shared cataloguing networks; - analyse frequently occurring cataloguing problems; - describe principles of bibliographic description and access; - compare and contrast ways of preparing original and copy cataloguing records; - describe procedures for maintaining cataloguing records, and; - discuss copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation that impact cataloguing.

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