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COURSE

Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies

GD-INFLIB

TAUGHT BY: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

200

About offering

The Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies is accredited as a professional course that will equip you for a career in librarianship. It offers an opportunity for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline to develop an understanding of the theory and principles of librarianship.

You will also acquire skills which are vital in professional practice. Topics covered in the course include collection development, reference services, resource description, management of library and information services, and technologies for information services. 

You must complete a practicum placement within a library or an information centre during a semester break as a requirement of the course. This practicum placement is organised by the Department of Information Studies.

*Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this course can only study it fully online. This course is not available to onshore international students.

What you'll learn

  • 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 recordkeeping throughout the continuum to ensure efficiency and compliance

Why study Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies

  • Curtin has been teaching in this area for over 30 years. We have a reputation for emphasising both theory and practical skills and aim to produce graduates who can assume a wide range of responsibilities in a variety of information services and systems.
  • Our staff are highly experienced and well-qualified.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Career information

Librarians acquire, organise and retrieve information in whatever form it is available. They work with the government, industry and educational sectors to deliver high quality information services and content.

Librarians are in steady demand and employment outcomes for graduates are strong. Graduates from library courses may also find work outside libraries, in roles that require high-level information management skills.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree in any discipline other than librarianship or information management from a recognised tertiary education provider.

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other requirements and notes for this course

Regular and reliable Internet access is required.

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

As the course is heavily dependent on computer skills, you should develop competency in word-processing and Internet browser software before commencing the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$17,700*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

No international fee data available

Where you can study

View the academic calendar for semester and trimester start dates.

Bentley Campus

On Campus and Online
Semester 1 and Semester 2

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How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-INFLIB
  • This offering was last updated on: September 24, 2018