Librarianship Concepts and Practice - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Exercise (30%) , Assignment 2 - Report (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Information studies and the information profession; types of libraries and information services, history of libraries, library skills, functions and services; libraries and the law; libraries and government and information policy; libraries and ethics, services to diverse client groups; international librarianship; futures of librarianship.

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

  1. define library studies as a discipline and describe the roles and services of libraries and librarians
  2. analyse professional issues raised within the international, historical, legislative, policy and ethical framework of librarianship
  3. synthesise theories, principles and standards of international best practices in librarianship with professional application through investigation of a library service
  4. communicate effectively in a professional and academic environment.
  • Assignment 1 — Exercise (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Report (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Reflection (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LIS110 — Introduction to Libraries
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Students will be provided with a list of topics in the Unit Outline.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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