This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse and catalogue complex material which requires application of bibliographic organisation methods and the ability to use interpretation and judgement to deviate from precedents where necessary.  It applies to information services professionals with highly developed technical skills who work autonomously to facilitate customer access to information.

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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: - construct subject access points and accurately classify material to be catalogued; - analyse subject content for cataloguing and classification purposes; - maintain and apply knowledge of bibliographic and catalogue record components, and cataloguing standards and conventions; - demonstrate a collaborative approach to resolving complex problems, and; - demonstrate use of current industry cataloguing systems. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - describe the purpose and function of various cataloguing tools; - select and apply appropriate classification schemes relevant to work context; - demonstrate subject access and control of methods; - demonstrate application of authority systems and files; - select and apply common automated cataloguing modules relevant to work context; - critically review catalogue maintenance principles and activities; - compare and contrast ways of modifying and upgrading records to suit customer needs; - analyse precedents and their use to inform cataloguing of complex materials and demonstrate interpretation and judgement to deviate from precedents where necessary; - identify and apply national and international cataloguing standards; - review current industry trends relating to cataloguing and classification processes, and; - discuss copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation relevant to cataloguing practices.

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