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BSB50520

Diploma of Library and Information Services

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

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TIME 1 year / Full Time NEXT START DATE 30 May 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY On Campus Online
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Full Fee
$10,690 - $11,200
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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.

What can I do?

  • 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

Study your way

We know that life is busy, that's why our courses are designed to be flexible. Our mixed-mode delivery means you can complete components of your study online at a time that suits you.

Industry-relevant teachers

Our teaching staff are at the top of their game and are still heavily involved in the industry. This means you're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where technology is taking us.

What you will study.

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

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBINS407
    Consolidate and maintain library industry knowledge
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBINS407
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop, apply and maintain currency of knowledge relevant to the library industry.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Consolidate and maintain library industry knowledge

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBINS503
    Monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBINS503
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements for collections held by businesses, archives, galleries, libraries and museums.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBINS602
    Extend own information literacy skills to locate information
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBINS602
    Unit description :
    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 relevant stakeholders.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Extend own information literacy skills to locate information

  • UNIT CODE
  • ICTSAS432
    Identify and resolve client ICT problems
    UNIT CODE :
    ICTSAS432
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify, record, prioritise and resolve client Information and Communications Technology (ICT) support activities and escalate as required.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Identify and resolve client ICT problems

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $10,690
Caboolture
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $10,690
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years.
Part time up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $11,200
18 Jul 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years.
Part time up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $11,200
29 Aug 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years.
Part time up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $11,200
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $10,690
Caboolture
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $10,690
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years.
Part time up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $11,200
18 Jul 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years.
Part time up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $11,200
29 Aug 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years.
Part time up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $11,200

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Diploma of Library and Information Services (BSB50520)

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Diploma of Library and Information Services

COURSE CODE: BSB50520
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

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. 

Payment plan

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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Upfront payment

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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VET 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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Important Information

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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.

Placement

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 placement in a library service as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

This course may require proof of vaccination to be provided to complete the work placement accreditation requirements for the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

Need to know

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.

Pathways

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
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

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. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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