INF435 Collections (8)


This subject focuses on the provision of appropriate information resources for organisations and communities, with particular emphasis on the hardcopy and electronic materials required to achieve the goals of libraries, information agencies and related organisations. It will also address the concept of tacit and explicit knowledge collections and the role of institutional repositories. Attention is given to the assessment of needs, selection, acquisition, evaluation, deselection of resources and consortia, and issues such as policy formulation, budgeting, cooperative resource provision, outsourcing, preservation, electronic publishing and space planning.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF435
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF201 Not available to students who have completed INF414
Incompatible subject(s)
INF201 INF210 INF414

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to discuss critically the means of assessing information needs of communities and organisations;
- be able to participate in the development of an information resources policy;
- be able to provide an overview of the range of information resources available;
- demonstrate an appreciation of issues relating to the selection and deselection of information resources;
- display an understanding of the nature of acquisitions work as it relates to information resources in traditional and digital form and the formation of knowledge-based collections;
- be able to outline the development of virtual information resources and participate in an informed consideration of the merits of such resources;
- demonstrate an understanding of the role of consortia in the provision of information resources;
- demonstrate an understanding of how information agencies represent themselves in a digital world;
- have developed a clear understanding of the role of institutional repositories and the policies and practices necessary to ensure their success; and
- be able to discuss critically managerial issues such as censorship, budgeting, outsourcing and cooperative resource provision.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The collections environment: the information cycle; tacit and explicit knowledge; access vs ownership; collection development and related policies; managerial issues such as space planning, contract management, budgeting; in-house vs outsourcing of operations. - The nature of collections: physical; digital (incl. Ebooks, flickr, etc.); traditional; hybrid; distributed; PANDORA; knowledge databases. - Building and maintaining collections: monitoring use; selection and acquisition; licensing and cooperative approaches including consortia; approval plans; management; de-selection; preservation. - Repositories: establishment; promotion; use; the future.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.