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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the role of library and information services in the community 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244279  Explain the role of library and information services in the community 
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  15 
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 will equip the learner with a fundamental understanding of the historical development and legislative and professional context of library and information services in South Africa. The learner will acquire an understanding of the role of library and information services in society and insight into the contribution of a proactive service to democracy, values, social and economic development and to community building.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Describing the history of library and information services in South Africa.
  • Understanding the role of library and information services in South African communities.
  • Setting-up and maintaining community information 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 4 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describing the history of library and information services in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Library concepts, terms and systems are explained in relation to the institutional operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Information includes, but is not limited to:
  • Information systems, classification catalogue, database, Internet, collection and media resource centres.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The origin, development and current status of libraries are explained in the context of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The socio-political factors that have influenced the development of library and information services are explained in the context of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Library and information services development in South Africa is compared with worldwide developments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Types of library and information services are described in South Africa. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understanding the role of library and information services in South African communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of Library and information services in communities is explained in terms of social, educational, cultural and democratic purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of Library and information services as an institution in civil society is explained in terms of building and supporting democracy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of Library and information services as a development agency is explained in terms of social and economic development. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of Library and information services in social inclusion is explained in terms of community building. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Set-up and maintain community information services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Community profiles are conducted in terms of the diverse sectors, institutions and organistaions in the relevant community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various services that would benefit a community are described in relation to the community profile. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Community information services are set up according to the needs reflected in the community profile and institutional procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A database of all role-players is compiled as indicated in the community profile. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Application of knowledge of a community is explained in the context of Library and Information Services using examples. 


    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 
  • Composition of diverse communities.
  • Social inclusion and social capital.
  • Library as a development agency.
  • Current legislation related to libraries in South Africa.
    > National Council for Library and Information Services Act of 2000.
    > National Library of South Africa Act of 1998.
    > South African Library for the Blind Act of 1998.
    > Legal Deposit Act of 1997.
  • Organisational structure of the profession. 

  • 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 setting-up and maintaining community information services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a work team to set-up and maintain community information services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in the provision of community information 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 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 LIS or a related sub-field of Communication and Language Studies at a minimum of NQF Level 6. 

  • 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: 
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    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.