This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with the selection, acquisition and evaluation of collections and resource materials, and the development of policies and procedures that guide this work. It applies to individuals involved in managing collections in a library or information services context to meet stakeholder needs, working autonomously but in consultation with other colleagues and wider stakeholders.

Unit details

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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: - analyse usage data; - apply knowledge of collection strategies and policies that address requirements and constraints in specific workplace contexts; - make acquisition and disposal recommendations based on detailed analysis; - develop recommendations that address selection criteria for a variety of collections and formats, and; - demonstrate the ability to monitor the performance of contractors. 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: - analyse current and emerging trends in relation to libraries and publishing; - review selection, acquisition and de-selection processes and procedures; - identify and analyse issues that impact collection management; - review collection management policies and processes for selecting, weeding and stocktaking, and; - discuss, in-depth, information services trends and practices.

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