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  • BSB50520

Diploma of Library and Information Services

At a glance

At a glance

Take the next step in your career with this high-level course that will qualify you to work as a library technician.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Library Technician
  • Museum Coordinator/Technician
  • Special Collections Officer
  • Metadata Officer
  • Digital Services Officer
  • Information Services Officer
  • Gallery Technician
  • Collection Development Officer
  • Access Services Officer
COURSE OUTCOME

BSB50520 Diploma of Library and Information Services

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Course overview

Course overview

Establish your career in library services with this high-level course. Develop the specialised skills and knowledge needed to work as a library technician in public, special, school, and academic libraries. 

Employers are looking for qualified candidates who are efficient, can communicate clearly, and interact well with others. 

This program is accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and will help you launch your career. You will learn how to help people research and analyse information in a professional environment, catalogue and classify material, maintain digital repositories, and implement workplace health, safety and security procedures. You will also use, evaluate and extend your own information literacy skills. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the tools you need to get ahead.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to become a library technician in a diverse range of settings. You will also have a solid foundation to continue with further study.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 12 elective units from the list below. 

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
BSBINS407
Consolidate and maintain library industry knowledge
BSBINS503
Monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements
BSBINS602
Extend own information literacy skills to locate information
ICTSAS432
Identify and resolve client ICT problems
UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Greater Brisbane and Online
BSBCMM411
Make presentations
BSBINS403
Obtain information from external and networked sources
BSBINS404
Search library and information databases
BSBINS502
Coordinate data management
BSBINS504
Maintain digital repositories
BSBINS507
Use advanced functions of integrated library management systems
BSBINS508
Research and analyse information to meet library customer needs
BSBINS509
Promote literature and reading
BSBINS510
Develop community and stakeholder relationships in a library environment
BSBINS511
Develop and promote library activities, events and public programs
BSBINS516
Undertake cataloguing activities
BSBXCS402
Promote workplace cyber security awareness and best practices

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

This qualification has no formal entry criteria; however, TAFE Queensland has the following selection criteria for this qualification:   

  • school-leavers must have completed Year 12 or equivalent   OR   
  • non school-leavers will be selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies  skills in gathering and communicating information equivalent to Senior English 
  • as the assessment tasks include written and spoken English, proficiency in this language is expected. 
  • basic level Word processing and spreadsheeting skills.
  • if you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course. 

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system "Connect", and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.

This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

To meet accreditation requirements for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as a Library Technician, students must complete at least 70 hours of work experience in a library service.

When studying online it is strongly recommended students follow the order of study and enrol in no more than two units per intake or the units required to complete a cluster/stage, unless otherwise advised. 

 

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland