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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Further Education and Training Certificate: Library Practice 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
50520  Further Education and Training Certificate: Library Practice 
ORIGINATOR
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 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Ed and Training Cert  Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language  Information Studies 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  132  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

Meeting client needs is the primary purpose of Library and Information Services, whether those clients borrow books or use up-to-date electronic information in a range of settings. The key to balancing the range of information and knowledge needs for diverse clients begins with those clients. Libraries will continue to seek out new ways to meet their clients' changing needs, while at the same time dealing with significant changes in delivery mechanisms.

In this information environment, lifelong learning is crucial and practitioners must develop information literacy competencies for themselves, their colleagues and their clients. The competencies that enable practitioners to best serve their clients remain constant. Using competencies in analysing, acquiring, synthesising, organising, conserving, evaluating and disseminating information, LIS practitioners add value to the information they provide for clients.

These competencies support, and are enhanced by, technological and social transformation. This qualification recognises all these elements in current and future library practice. It aims to help people entering the industry and those already working in it maintain and improve their competencies in meeting and anticipating the information needs of clients.

The qualifying learner will acquire the basic knowledge of Library and Information Studies to provide library support services. The purpose of this Qualification is to create the opportunity for a career path, provide process and service standards, improve productivity and service delivery in the provision of Library and Information Services.

The learner assessed as competent against this Qualification will be able to:
  • Provide routine Library and Information support services.
  • Administer routine Library and Information Services.
  • Provide routine Library and Information frontline customer services.
  • Apply workplace skills in the provision of Library and Information support services.

    Rationale:

    This is an entry-level Qualification for the Library and Information Studies workplace. It will form the basis for further learning in this learning pathway to level five and above, which already exists. 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 range of learners encompasses:
  • People employed in Library and Information Services.
  • New entrants to Library and Information Services.
  • Unemployed.
  • School leavers.

    The majority of Library and Information Services staff provides support services with no formal qualification. This Qualification will provide the opportunity to enhance the skills and service delivery of support services staff.

    This qualification will form the foundation for vocational education and training for the diverse work environments that comprise the library and information services industry. People who are employed in library and information services (LIS) work within all industries and in many different types of libraries. They may work in the public or private sectors, in small or large organisations, in libraries that operate as separate entities or, more often, in libraries which form part of another organisation or enterprise.

    Library and Information Services are at the centre of the information age. Information and knowledge is valued, among other things, as levers by which business enterprises can enhance their position in the global marketplace. The value of knowledge is now a question of major importance, placing the competencies of library and information services practitioners at the centre of economic, social and cultural life.

    LIS organisations are information agencies, whose workers may be employed in financial institutions, business and commerce, major corporations, in government and community environments. LIS organisations also include a range of libraries: state and public libraries; educational libraries in schools, vocational and higher education settings; specialist libraries for science, business, culture, sport, and government departments; library and information departments within corporate organisations and institutions; and national and state archives and local collections of historical and cultural significance. Alongside larger and specialist libraries, local public and school libraries make a significant contribution to information provision, education, recreation and community cultural development. 

  • 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:
  • Communication at NQF level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3.

    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. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The Qualification consists of a Fundamental, a Core and an Elective Component.

    To be awarded the Qualification, learners are required to obtain a minimum of 132 credits as detailed below.

    Fundamental Component:

    The Fundamental Component consists of Unit Standards in:
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

    It is compulsory therefore for learners to do Communication in two different South African languages, one at Level 4 and the other at Level 3.

    All Unit Standards in the Fundamental Component are compulsory.

    Core Component:

    The Core Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 64 credits all of which are compulsory.

    Elective Component:

    The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 24 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 12 credits. 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate in a variety of ways in the provision of Library and Information support services.
    2. Use mathematics and mathematical thinking to solve every day problems for him/herself and the Library and Information services organisation.
    3. Provide routine Library and Information support services.
    4. Administer routine Library and Information Support Services.
    5. Provide routine Library and Information frontline customer services.
    6. Apply workplace skills in the provision of Library and Information support services. 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Oral communication is maintained and adapted to meet clients' needs and expectations.
  • Texts are interpreted and responded to in writing or orally in a range of contexts in the provision of Library and Services.

    2.
  • Statistics, probability and probability models are used to solve a range of contextual problems.
  • Mathematical number systems, shape, and motion analysis are used to solve a range of life related problems.
  • Mathematics is used to investigate and monitor personal and organisational financial issues.

    3.
  • The development and function of Library and Information services is described in the Context of South Africa.
  • Basic information literacy is applied and the principles of the internet and the world-wide-web is explained in relation to the provision of Library and information support services.
  • Library material is processed and information retrieval and storage processes are applied in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • The circulation function is implemented according to library systems, policies and procedures.
  • Meetings and related logistical arrangements are co-ordinated to meet organisational requirements.

    4.
  • Administrative systems and procedures are developed to meet the organisational/departmental requirements.
  • Administrative routines for Library and information support services are implemented according to organisational policies and procedures.
  • Office supplies and equipment maintenance are monitored and controlled in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • The section/department float is managed according to organisational policies and procedures.

    5.
  • The skills of customer care and cultural diversity are displayed in the provision of Library and information support services.
  • The presentation and maintenance of the reception area is monitored according to organisational procedures.
  • The reception of visitors and their satisfaction is monitored in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

    6.
  • The basic principles of the current occupational health and safety legislation and the consequences of non-compliance is explained in the context of Library and information provision in South Africa.
  • The code of conduct is adhered to and the ethical issues are understood in the context of the Library and information provision organisation.
  • Basic first aid treatment is carried out in the workplace in accordance with industry practice.
  • HIV/Aids information sessions at the workplace are planned, prepared and evaluated according to organisational requirements.

    Integrated assessment:

    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 will 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.

    The assessments will comprise both continuous formative and summative modes of assessment. Formative assessment will employ a range of appropriate assessment tools, which will include self and peer assessments or tests. These formative assessments will lead to the summative assessment intervention, again using a range of suitable assessment tools.

    While the generic component (Communication, Mathematical Literacy, Library Information Studies workplace skills) of this Qualification at NQF Level 4 can be assessed through occupational contexts and activities relating to Library Practice. Care must be taken in both the learning programme and the assessment to ensure that these foundational skills are portable. The primary aim of this Qualification is to ensure that learners have a sound base of LIS to prepare them for further learning, whatever career path they may choose. Learners must be able to transfer generic skills across a number of different contexts, and apply them within a number of learning areas.

    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. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    This Further Education and Training Certificate in Library Practice was compared with equivalent qualifications from a range of countries. Some of these countries were selected because they presented qualifications against National Qualifications Frameworks. However, other countries were selected because they offer education and training that is considered international best practice in terms of library and Information Services.

    Research was conducted to benchmark this qualification against equivalent qualifications in the following countries:
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • Scotland

    All countries that have a strong tradition in Higher Education have numerous offerings for education and training in Library and Information Services at the graduate and post-graduate levels. Undergraduate studies are more uncommon.

    The Advanced Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance that is registered with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England compares closely with this FETC in Library Practice as these are both vocationally directed. Furthermore, the duration and depth of study are very similar. The duration in both cases spans a year. The broad areas of study (exit level outcomes) also reveal a similarity as indicated by the overlap listed below:
  • Provide routine Library and Information support services
  • Administer routine Library and Information Services
  • Provide routine Library and Information frontline customer services
  • Apply workplace skills in the provision of Library and Information support services

    The Level 4 vocational qualification in Library and Information Services registered with the Scottish Qualifications Authority was also compared with the FETC in Library Practice. The average learner would take a year to achieve this qualification as well. The difference in this qualification is the inclusion of "management" and "training and development" elements that are part of the South African NQF level 5 qualification in Library and Information Services. The broad areas of study are listed below:
  • User services
  • Organising information
  • Collection management
  • Training and development
  • Management

    The New Zealand Diploma in Information and Library Studies at NQF 5 is also worth 120 credits, similar to the FETC in Library Practice. The level of difficulty is also an exact match as these qualifications are both pitched at an undergraduate level, one level below a first degree. The difference is that this qualification is a diploma, while the South African qualification is a national certificate. Seven of the eight areas of learning to achieve this qualification overlap with the FETC in Library Practice. The element of "managing archives" is included in the Library and Information Services qualification at NQF level 5. The areas of study are:
  • The information industry
  • Library systems and processes
  • Information sources and services
  • User education and reference skills
  • Cataloguing and classification
  • Information systems
  • Information access
  • Managing archives

    The Australian Certificate IV in Library and Information Services (CUL40199), as recorded by the National Training Information Services, compares with the South African FETC in Library Practice to the greatest extent. Both are standards based vocational qualifications of the same duration as well as a similar degree of complexity (NQF level). Both these qualifications serve to train support staff at LIS centres.

    These qualifications are a close match when compared at a more detailed level as well. These learning interventions reflect a similar range of elements or units of learning. All the similarities are indicated below. A close match exists between nine of these learning units.

    Australian

    Certificate IV in Library and Information Services:

    1.
  • Contribute to client access to information.
  • Obtain information resources from remote sources for clients.

    2.
  • Contribute to effective working relationships.

    3.
  • Develop and apply own information literacy skills in working with clients.

    4.
  • Contribute to structuring bibliographic and other information systems.

    5.
  • Use multimedia equipment.
  • Use networked services effectively to provide access to information.
  • Acquire and process resources for access.
  • Maintain service area environment, resources and equipment.

    8.
  • Undertake cataloguing activities

    9.
  • Organise and coordinate work activities.

    10.
  • Train small groups.

    11.
  • Provide promotion and programs and activities for clients.

    12.
  • Manage own work, development and learning.

    South African

    FETC in Library Practice at NQF level 4:

    1.
  • Understand information retrieval and storage processes.

    2.
  • Apply skills of customer care in a specific work environment.
  • Monitor and control the receiving and satisfaction of visitors.
  • Display cultural awareness in dealing with customers and colleagues.

    3.
  • Acquire basic Information literacy.

    4.
  • Implement administrative routines for Library and Information support services.

    5.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the internet and the world-wide-web.

    6.
  • Physically process library material.
  • Perform the circulation function in a library.

    7.
  • Monitor and control reception area.
  • Monitor and control office supplies.
  • Monitor and control the maintenance of office equipment.

    8.
  • Implement administrative routines for Library and Information support services.

    9.
  • Co-ordinate meetings, minor events and travel arrangements.

    10.
  • Understand the development and function of library and information services in South Africa. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The possibility exists for vertical articulation with this Qualification. Examples of vertical articulation:
  • Diploma: Library and Information Science at NQF level 5 (NLRD ID: 22400)
  • Diploma: School Library and Information Science at NQF level 5 (NLRD ID: 9673)

    Examples of horizontal articulation with this Qualification:
  • Certificate: Introduction: Media Studies and Journalism at NQF level 4 (NLRD ID: 16208)
  • National Certificate: Public Relations and Business Communication at NQF level 4 (NLRD ID: 16205) 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Qualification 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.
  • Moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in both individual Unit Standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification.
  • Moderation must also encompass achievement of the competencies described in the exit level outcomes described above. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors 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 in Library and Information Studies or a related qualification in the 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 qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  13937  Monitor and control office supplies  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13928  Monitor and control reception area  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13931  Monitor and control the maintenance of office equipment  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  13930  Monitor and control the receiving and satisfaction of visitors  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  123551  Apply basic information literacy  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  119676  Apply the skills of customer care in a specific work environment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  110003  Develop administrative procedures in a selected organisation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  7791  Display cultural awareness in dealing with customers and colleagues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  123554  Implement administrative routines for Library and Information support services  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  123552  Perform the circulation function in a library  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  123555  Process library material  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  123553  Understand information retrieval and storage processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  123550  Understand the development and function of Library and Information Services (LIS) in South Africa  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119472  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119457  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119467  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  119465  Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9015  Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119462  Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119469  Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  9016  Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119471  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  7468  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  119459  Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  116534  Carry out basic first aid treatment in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  13929  Co-ordinate meetings, minor events and travel arrangements  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  7911  Manage the float  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  10022  Comply with organisational ethics  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  8555  Contribute to information distribution regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  115391  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of the internet and the world-wide-web  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  120344  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant current occupational health and safety legislation  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    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.
     
    1. BP Developments 
    2. Nkinane Training Institute and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Sozim Trading and Consultancy 
    4. Universal Knowledge Software 



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