This undergraduate unit in Collection Management, provided by Open Universities Australia, covers all aspects of collection development. Students will learn to explain the major issues currently affecting the development and management of library collections, particularly in an Australian context. Students will also learn to understand collection development policies, and collection measurement and evaluations, both quantitative and qualitative, and the variables that affect them.
By the end of this unit, students will have developed an understanding of the relationship between collection management and other areas of library operations. They will also look at alternative forms of publication and how to provide access, including open access archives and electronic periodicals.
This unit also covers aggregation, licensing laws, consortia, and censorship. Students will gain practical skills in collection storage, weeding, preservation and conservation.
. To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:
Librarianship Concepts and Practice
Areas of study
For this Collection Management unit, students will be provided with a list of topics in their unit outline.
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate 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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This online Collection Management unit has been designed to develop each student’s practical understanding of collection development, from written collection development policies to the different methodologies of collection management and evaluation. By the end of this online unit, students will understand selection procedure and policy, how to recommend and select appropriate material for addition to particular collections, as well as how to use available selection aids including cooperative collecting, with particular reference to the Australian environment. Students will be able to assess alternative means of document delivery and how to provide users with the requested or required information.
Once this unit is completed, students will also have gained an understanding of alternative forms of publication and access available, including electronic periodicals and open access archives, all of which are vital when operating in this constantly evolving world of collection management. After completing the unit, students will have gained practical knowledge on aggregation, licensing laws, consortia, and censorship. Students will thoroughly understand how to carry out collection storage, preservation and conservation, which will be invaluable in any future career in the field of collection management.
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 or HECS-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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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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