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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain and develop a collection of library and information resources 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244275  Maintain and develop a collection of library and information resources 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
The purpose of this unit standard will be to develop the ability and skills of the learner in maintaining and developing a library collection responsive to the needs of its diverse community. It will equip learners with understanding of reading trends and categories of books and other library material.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Describing categories of reading and information materials available in typical library collections.
  • Demonstrating understanding of reading and information seeking behaviours in the community.
  • Maintaining and developing the collection in terms of reading and information seeking behaviours and needs of the community. 

  • 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 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe categories of reading and information materials available in typical library collections. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Materials include, but is not limited to:
  • Reference books, information books, pamphlets, novels, journals, magazines, audiovisual materials and web sites. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Characteristics of each category of reading and information materials are identified according to the range. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and role of the categories is explained according to the collection as a whole and the reading and information seeking behaviours and needs and preferences of the community. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of reading and information seeking behaviours in the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A simple survey of reading behaviour and/or information seeking is conducted in terms of the identified community range. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reading activity is described in the relevant community using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Understanding of the reading and information seeking activities is applied in the selection of collection resources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintaining and developing the collection in terms of the needs of the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The "book supply chain" from the author to the reader is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Role-players in the supply chain includes, but is not limited to:
  • Commercial publishers, NGO's, booksellers, librarians (local, regional and national) and other distributors.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The collection is assessed in terms of balance and responsiveness to the diverse community needs and preferences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Selection criteria are identified and explained in terms of categories and needs of diverse communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Material is selected and weeded according to identified selection criteria and organisational guidelines. 


    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 
  • Attributes of a reading society.
  • Understanding of social, economic and cultural diversity.
  • Understanding of a range of literature.
  • Understanding of application of criteria for selection.
  • Understanding of the book production and supply chain. 

  • 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 responsible decision-making and creative thinking in maintaining and developing a collection of library and information resources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a work team to maintain and develop library and information collections. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in the maintenance and collection of a range of library resources. 

    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 library and information services contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification related to Library Practice or a related sub-field of Communication and Language Studies at a minimum of NQF Level 5. 

  • 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  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.