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Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies
An internationally and nationally accredited degree
Get sorted for a career working in librarianship. Understand what information literacy means, and how keeping information accessible keeps communities going. Understand the professional principles and attitudes that underpin this practice.
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At the completion of this degree students will be able to:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity
- think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives; apply relevant international standards, tools and practices to the professional practice of Librarianship
- 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
- 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 record-keeping 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 equivalent to or higher than a three year bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary education provider EITHER in a discipline other than librarianship or information studies completed any time; OR in librarianship or information studies, completed more than 10 years ago.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English.
If your education degrees 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: https://study.curtin.edu.au/applying/english-language-requirements/.
Applicants are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at: https://study.curtin.edu.au/applying/english-language-requirements/accepted-english-proficiency-tests/
*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***
The degree relies on technology skills, so applicants must be competent in word processing and the use of the internet, including web browsing software, before starting the degree.
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 subject, INFM510 Management of Information Services.
Practicums are arranged in your local area by the Practicum Coordinator. Further information is available at https://humanities.curtin.edu.au/industry/industry-partnerships/information-studies-practicum/Practicums are arranged in your local area by the Practicum Coordinator. Further information is available at https://humanities.curtin.edu.au/industry/industry-partnerships/information-studies-practicum/
Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.
Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.
To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/
It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.
More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning Policy (PDF).
This degree 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.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students should enrol in INFM120 as a first subject of study.
Please refer to the study plan below.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, students must complete a total of eight subjects.
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