This unit (BSBLIB407) describes the skills and knowledge required to search and analyse information from a range of bibliographic and full text databases, evaluate these against specific criteria, and then present this information to clients. It applies to individuals who undertake regular database searches as part of their information services role. Work is undertaken with limited supervision and according to organisational and system guidelines.

Unit details

Study level:
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: - analyse and evaluate a range of databases; - adopt appropriate search techniques to source information in response to a range of customer needs; - use current industry systems and equipment efficiently and effectively, and; - respond effectively and appropriately to multiple and varied information requests.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - describe role of databases in context of the information services industry; - describe scope and type of databases available to information services providers; - define features of commonly used databases; - describe differences between database and internet searching; - compare and contrast several database searching techniques and procedures, and; - identify relevant copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation relevant to the use of information from databases.

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