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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE:|
|National Certificate: Library and Information Services|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|58624||National Certificate: Library and Information Services|
|SGB Library and Information Studies|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|ETDP SETA - Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|National Certificate||Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language||Information Studies|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||123||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||Regular-Unit Stds Based|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered"
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification is replaced by:
|Qual ID||Qualification Title||Pre-2009 NQF Level||NQF Level||Min Credits||Replacement Status|
|94598||Occupational Certificate: Library Assistant||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||127||Complete|
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
This Qualification serves to equip the qualifying learner with the fundamental skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to support the provision of LIS to a particular community of users. The nature and scope of the LIS community will vary and includes business, government, state institutions, professional institutions, schools, communities etc.
This Qualification aims to help people entering the sector and those already working in it maintain and improve their competencies in meeting and anticipating the information needs of clients. It will create the opportunity:
The learner assessed as competent against this Qualification will be able to:
This Qualification will provide vocational education and training for people who are employed in all communities of Library and Information Services (LIS). They may work in the public or private sectors, in rural or urban organisations, in libraries that operate as separate entities or, more often, in libraries which form part of another organisation or institution. The areas of activity in which the qualifying learners will operate are public libraries/community libraries, school libraries/resource centres, academic libraries, corporate libraries, state departments etc.
This Qualification is aimed at the unemployed, school leavers, library support staff, new entrants to LIS and adult learners. The demand expressed by employees and employers for support staff to be formally recognised for LIS skills, knowledge and experience has influenced the development of this qualification at NQF level 5. Furthermore, the South African government has recognised the significant role of LIS in community development and the advancement of literacy for nation building.
The planned combination of learning outcomes of this Qualification is not restricted to skills related to the library and information industry. It provides added value to the qualifying learner by developing the whole learner by including information skills, life-skills, reading skills, critical thinking skills, general knowledge, environmental awareness and ethics. It will serve to increase the skills base, productivity and efficiency of the nation's human capital as well as add value to information provision.
The majority of LIS staff provides support services with no formal Qualification. This Qualification will provide the opportunity to enhance the skills and service delivery of library and information services staff.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It would be desirable for learners wishing to access this qualification to be competent at:
Recognition of Prior Learning:
This Qualification and all the fundamental, core and elective unit standards associated with it, as described in the rules of combination, can be achieved by any learner through the recognition of prior learning, which includes learning outcomes achieved through formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The exit-level outcomes and the related Unit Standards may also be achieved through the recognition of prior learning.
Access to the Qualification:
There are no access limitations on any learners or classes of learners for this qualification, besides the recommendations in the learning assumptions outlined below.
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The qualifying learner will achieve this Qualification by complying with the following rules of combination for the accumulation of credits:
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Apply knowledge of the relevant community in the provision of library and information services.
2. Administer library and information services.
3. Provide library and information user services.
4. Provide library and information technical and maintenance support services.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
Integrated assessment at the level of the Qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions across unit standards to achieve competence that is grounded and coherent in relation to the purpose of the Qualification. Integrated assessment should show how already demonstrated competence in individual areas can be linked and applied for the achievement of a holistic outcome as described in the exit level outcomes.
Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the observable performance, and also the quality of the thinking that lies behind it. Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpin their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will demand practical evidence while others may be more theoretical, depending on the type of outcomes to be assessed. The ratio between action and interpretation is not fixed, but varies according to the demands of the particular exit level outcome of the qualification.
Both formative and summative forms of assessment should be used appropriately. A broad range of task-orientated and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place.
|The research undertaken indicates that traditionally, LIS Qualifications were only offered at post graduate level, while this National Certificate in Library and Information Services at NQF level 5 involves under-graduate study. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) recognised the need for an International Information Literacy Certificate (IILC) much like the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL). This proposed IILC resembles the closest comparison to the South African National Certificate in LIS as detailed herein.
The broad competencies of this Qualification were compared with equivalent qualifications from the following English speaking countries of America, Europe, Asia and Africa that either represented best practice in the field or offered qualifications at this level of competence:
United States of America (http://www.uma.edu/home.html):
Research indicates that there are no undergraduate LIS courses available. In 1940s the application for three years Bachelor's program in library science was rejected by the Board of Education of the American Library Association. The Master's degree became the standard qualification in 1951.
The University of Maine at Augusta offers a library technicians program, which prepares students for the posts of Library Assistant and other technical jobs. The entry eligibility for this course is the pre-university course. The Undergraduate Certificate in LIS has been drawn from the International Information Literacy paradigm, programs and best practices and comprises the following modules:
United Kingdom (http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/~saiful/colloq/lis_edu.html):
Research indicates that there are approximately 17 institutions in United Kingdom, which offer courses in library and information studies. Some of these are based in universities, and the remaining are in polytechnics and other institutions of higher studies. Most institutions offer courses at first degree and postgraduate level. The following competencies are catered for:
The education for librarianship is done at various levels in India. Many polytechnics, local, and regional library associations conduct certificate and diploma level courses in library and information science. There are more than 100 universities and their affiliated colleges/institutions conducting courses in library and information science. The eligibility for certificate and diploma courses is Secondary or Senior Secondary Examination. The duration of these courses varies between three months and one year and comprises the following learning areas:
The Kenya school of professional studies offers The Certificate in Library, Archives and Information Studies course is intended to impart knowledge, skills and techniques to the trainees that are required to work in: Archives, Libraries, Publishing firms, Information Technology Centres and other Information Centres. The learning areas are:
International Federation of Library Associations (http://www.ifla.org):
IFLA as international leader with other LIS partners including UNESCO, educational authorities, professional associations and international agencies met at a conference in Berlin: January 2003. The competencies described in the unit standards of the National Certificate in LIS at NQF level 5 compares with the modules of the Qualification proposed at this conference (International Information Literacy Certificate):
|The possibility exists for vertical articulation with this Qualification. Examples of vertical articulation:
Examples of horizontal articulation with this Qualification:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012.|
This Qualification was replaced by Qualification 94598, which is "Occupational Certificate: Library Assistant", Level 5, 127 credits.
|ID||UNIT STANDARD TITLE||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||CREDITS|
|Core||119676||Apply the skills of customer care in a specific work environment||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||10022||Comply with organisational ethics||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||123554||Implement administrative routines for Library and Information support services||Level 4||NQF Level 04||5|
|Core||123552||Perform the circulation function in a library||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Core||123555||Process library material||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Core||244274||Acquire and facilitate basic information literacy||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||244278||Apply legislation, policies and statutes in a library and information services environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||5|
|Core||244277||Apply reference skills||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||244279||Explain the role of library and information services in the community||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||15|
|Core||244275||Maintain and develop a collection of library and information resources||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Core||244276||Maintain physical resources of a library||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||6|
|Core||244280||Promote literacy and reading in the LIS community||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Fundamental||15233||Harness diversity and build on strengths of a diverse working environment||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Fundamental||12433||Use communication techniques effectively||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||8|
|Elective||242900||Apply administrative principles in the implementation of public sector procedures and work schedule||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||117187||Apply behaviour management and support techniques in routine child and youth care work contexts||Level 4||NQF Level 04||10|
|Elective||242901||Apply the principles of good customer service to achieve public sector objectives||Level 4||NQF Level 04||6|
|Elective||8555||Contribute to information distribution regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace||Level 4||NQF Level 04||4|
|Elective||115391||Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the internet and the world-wide-web||Level 4||NQF Level 04||3|
|Elective||114528||Monitor and report on conditions of heritage resources to enhance preservation and conservation||Level 4||NQF Level 04||16|
|Elective||114873||Apply basic financial procedures to PFMA principles||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||3|
|Elective||114278||Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Labour Relations Act (Act 66 of 1995)||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||12|
|Elective||230441||Facilitate access to information that impacts on youth development||Level 5||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||7|
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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