Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2018 course information for this course is now available. View 2018 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 8 units to complete

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This is a restricted course. Enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.

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This course is for graduates who wish to gain a professional level qualification in the field of librarianship. Students are introduced to professional principles, attitudes and practice.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. understand the discipline of librarianship, its theoretical underpinnings, ways of thinking and professional approaches; understand and apply in practice established and developing knowledge and professional practice
  2. apply logical and rational processes to analyse the components of an issue; think creatively to generate innovative solutions to librarianship issues, including conservation and preservation
  3. understand the nature of information and how information is created, organised, distributed and used in the Librarianship sector; apply best practice in servicing the needs of information users; locate and evaluate information resources and manage collections effectively
  4. communicate appropriately with information users and colleagues; assess the information needs of information user groups in the Librarianship sector; assess and meet the information literacy needs of a defined user group
  5. assess the impact of emerging technologies on the work of the librarian; learn the technologies relevant to information creation, organisation, dissemination and use; decide on appropriate applications and systems for specific information service needs
  6. apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity
  7. think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of Librarianship
  8. recognise individual human rights, including rights of free access to information; appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when disseminating information to diverse user groups; value diversity of language and how this may be fostered in services offered by Librarians
  9. apply as appropriate the professional skills of librarians and other information professionals; work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership; understand and demonstrate professional behaviour; understand issues in the ethical use of information and demonstrate how ethical practices may be followed in the workplace; understand and apply major tools for information organisation, metadata creation and indexing and recordkeeping throughout the continuum to ensure efficiency and compliance.

The Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies is professionally accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).


Applicants require an undergraduate degree in another discipline or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

Curtin is very committed to professional experience for students and satisfactory completion of practicums is a requirement. All information management students undertake a three-week full time practicum in the core unit, INFM510 Management of Information Services.

The Department of Information Studies' Practicum Coordinator will organise the practicum placement in consultation with you at your State. There will be an email requesting students to submit applications for their placements at the end of the Study Period by the Practicum Coordinator. Lookout for this email and respond accordingly. In the interim, read all you need to know about practicum placements at

Students should enrol in INFM120 as a first unit of study.

New pre and concurrent requisites have been implemented in the course structure to guide student enrolment and to ensure successful study sequence, therefore learning experience.

See the attached Study Plan for the unit sequence for either full-time or part-study enrolment.

Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies Study Plan (84, KB)

Please Note: This Study Plan is for students who started the course in 2017.

If you commenced study in the Graduate Diploma prior to 2015, you will continue on with your existing study plan.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, students must complete a total of eight units.


Students are required to successfully complete the eight units listed below.

See the attached Study Plan for the unit sequence for either full-time or part-study enrolment. 

Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies Study Plan (84, KB)

Please Note: This Study Plan is for students who started the course in 2017.

If you commenced study in the Graduate Diploma prior to 2015, you will continue on with your existing study plan.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Information Design
INFM110 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Technologies for Information Services
INFM120 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Reference Services
INFM230 CUR SP1 - - -
Information Literacy
INFM5001 CUR SP1 SP2 - -
Management of Information Services
INFM5101 CUR - SP2 SP3 -
Collection Management
INFM210 CUR - - SP3 -
Resource Description & Access
INFM240 CUR - - SP3 -
Conservation and Preservation
INFM335 CUR - - SP3 -

1 INFM500 and INFM510 should not be the first units to be taken in this course.

INFM510 includes practicum placement.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

For further information, please contact

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

If you commenced study in the Master of Information Management / Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies / Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives prior to 2015, you will continue on with your existing study plan.

Impacted students have been emailed revised study plans to guide course completion. If you have not received a study plan, please contact

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