Collection Management

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

The Collection Management unit, offered online by Open Universities Australia in conjunction with Curtin University, is a comprehensive introduction to library collection management, with an emphasis on the Australian context. At the culmination of the unit, students will be able to discuss some of the main issues surrounding the development and management of collections.

The main aim of collections management is to satisfy the requirements of individual collectors and individual institutions' mission statements, all the while maintaining the wellbeing and sustainability of the cultural artefacts in the collector's care. Students will learn to build and modify collections management policies, in which expansive information is recorded and distributed to exemplify the specific requirements of the collection based on type, age, location, and so on.

As a core unit in programs dedicated to library management, the Collections Management unit provides students with invaluable skills to begin engaging with collections. Assessment is based on investigation (30%), an essay (30%) and an invigilated exam (40%).

Eligibility

You must be accepted into one of the following courses in order to enrol in this unit:

  • Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, Curtin University
  • Master of Information Management, Curtin University

Areas of study

In this Collection Management unit, the topics you will be provided in your unit outline.

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, Curtin University
  • Master of Information Management, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

At the culmination of the course, students will be able to engage with various methodologies for looking at quantitative and qualitative analyses of various collections, as well as discuss the impact of collection management on various library operations.

Collection management, which comprises mainly the administrative responsibilities necessitated by collection development, is closely linked to collections care, or the preserving of physical cultural heritage artefacts. The career paths most associated with collection management include collection managers, archivists and registrars.

Upon completion of the course, students will also have a better idea of any specialised or particular field they may wish to embark upon, including but not limited to cataloguing, legal and ethical management policy, accessioning, deaccessioning, loaning items, display and storage, packing and transfer, or pest control. Students will also have the tools to begin selecting material for individual and particular collections, alongside understanding how to provide collection information to individuals wishing to access material.

Individual collections, museums and libraries maintain different and varied policies; with a broad overview of the issues and discussions involved, students will be well prepared to begin a career in collections management or continue specialising in a particular field with more academic study.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Collection Management from Curtin University
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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