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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform the circulation function in a library 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123552  Perform the circulation function in a library 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Library and Information Studies 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Information Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for learners that either wish to embark on a career in the Library and Information Services or who already render public and information services to library users to enable them to borrow library items. In order to provide these services they will understand the functions of the circulation system and demonstrate a basic understanding of how libraries function.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Implementing the circulation procedures for library items.
  • Collecting fines and other library charges.
  • Accessing membership records and registering new members.
  • Performing counter and shelving duties to ensure effective library services. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Implement the circulation procedures for library items. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Library items are issued according to library systems, policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Items includes, but is not limited to: books, journals, periodicals, magazines, audio-visual media and posters.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Returned library items are processed according to library systems, policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Library items are renewed according to library system, policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Library items are reserved according to library policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Collect fines and other library charges. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fines for overdue items are collected according to library policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Library fees for lost membership cards, external members and damaged books are collected according to library tariffs, policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Charges for photocopies, transmitting of faxes and lamination is levied according to library tariffs, policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All library income is balanced according to library policies and procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Access membership records and register new members. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Membership records are accessed according to library systems, policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    New members are registered according to library policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Membership cards are issued according to library policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Membership records are updated according to library policies and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform counter and shelving duties to ensure effective library service provision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Library books are shelved according to library classification system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Shelves are checked and straightened according to library classification system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Neatness of counter public work areas is maintained according to library house-keeping rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Library books are repaired according to library policies and procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of the integrated competence described in this Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Library systems.
  • Library processes and procedures.
  • Library tariffs.
  • Library classification system.
  • Library house-keeping rules. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with performing the circulation function using responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a work team to provide Library and Information support services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively at the Library and Information Services workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in the provision of Library and Information support services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world, as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving occurs in a variety of contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50520   Further Education and Training Certificate: Library Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  58624   National Certificate: Library and Information Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-03-13  ETDP SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.