This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and communicate information, ideas and concepts at a complex level, as well as evaluate and continuously improve personal information literacy skills to optimally service requests for information from customers.  It applies to individuals operating autonomously with limited guidance from others, in any industry sector with particular relevance to those working in the library and information services sectors. It also applies to occupations required to use technology to locate authoritative information for customers from local and other sources.

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: - select and adapt search strategies and tools for the purpose; - source and present varied complex information, ideas or concepts; - evaluate search results and take action to enhance final presentation to customer; - implement planned strategies to develop and extend own information literacy skills, and; - use complex and contemporary technology to provide information in response to customer requests; 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: - compare and contrast concepts of information literacy and the information literate person; - analyse a range of information sources and technologies available to meet a wide range of information needs; - identify copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation that impact research, use and distribution of information; - describe a broad range of information and resources available for development of information literacy skills; - evaluate professional development opportunities and career development strategies in relevant work context; - discuss principles of lifelong learning and how they relate to information literacy, and; - discuss role of information literacy in different occupations.

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