National code: BSB50520

Diploma of Library and Information Services

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Overview About this course

If you enjoy helping people to discover new things, gain the skills to connect your community to educational, cultural and academic information and services. Become a qualified cultural centre director, library officer, gallery manager and more.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Lead your team effectively

  • Develop and promote activities and public programs

  • Monitor compliance and licence requirements

  • Resolve client IT problems

  • Manage quality customer service

Course Outcomes

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

  • Practical industry experience gained during the work placement program

  • Pathway to further study with TAFE NSW Degrees

  • The Diploma of Library and Information Services is accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). By completing this course, you can apply for an ALIA membership (a fee applies)

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.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Entry recommendations

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

  • A passion for reading, information or curation of artefacts

  • An enjoyment of the research process

  • The ability to work with a diverse customer base

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

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

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: Small museum manager, Gallery manager, Library technician, Cultural centre director, Library officer, Information officer and Collection officer

Study pathways

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

Previous study 2 Courses

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

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

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 Diploma of Library and Information Services qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 4 core and 12 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.

  • Monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements BSBINS503

  • Extend own information literacy skills to locate information BSBINS602

  • Consolidate and maintain library industry knowledge BSBINS407

  • Identify and resolve client ICT problems ICTSAS432

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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