National code: BSB40720

Certificate IV in Library and Information Services

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Overview About this course

If you love being surrounded by books, art and artefacts, or have a passion for art galleries or museums, this gives you an opportunity to thrive. Start a career in libraries, educational settings, galleries and museums as you learn to catalogue collections and develop great customer service skills.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Organise and maintain library and curatorial collections

  • Search library databases

  • Use advanced cataloguing tools

  • Use and support multi-media equipment

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Critical thinking skills

  • Demonstrated customer service skills

  • Good organisational skills and self-motivation

  • An interest in conducting research and using digital mediums

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Good organisational skills and self-motivation

  • An interest in conducting research and using digital mediums

  • To set you up for study success and ensure your skills match the demands of your course, TAFE NSW offers you a free Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This assessment helps us to work with you to understand your individual study needs, to direct you to the right course for you and to give you the personalised support you need to succeed.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Library Technician

Library Technicians assist Librarians and other information managers in organising and operating systems for handling recorded material and files.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    55%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    1,300 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    49 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,180

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    37 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    High

  • Gender share

    86% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Library assistant and Library technician

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate IV in Library and Information Services does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Library and Information Services qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 Units of competency, including 5 core and 9 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Assist customers to access information BSBINS406

  • Consolidate and maintain library industry knowledge BSBINS407

  • Assist with maintaining workplace safety BSBWHS311

  • Search library and information databases BSBINS404

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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