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Subject details

  • Topics
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

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

  1. explain the major current issues affecting the development and management of library collections, with particular reference to the Australian context
  2. apply the methodology of making quantitative and qualitative measures of collections
  3. explain the relationship between collection management and other areas of library operations
  4. evaluate and select appropriate material for addition to particular collections
  5. assess the alternative means of providing users with access to the information they require.
  • Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assessment — Investigation (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the following areas of collection management: Collection development: written collection development policies, collection measurement and evaluation, cooperative collecting, selection procedure, selection aids, document delivery, electronic periodicals, aggregation, licensing, consortia, open access archives, collection storage, weeding, preservation and conservation, and censorship.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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