INF432 Audiovisual Archiving 2 (8)

Audiovisual materials have specialised management requirements in terms of collection development, intellectual control, access and preservation because of their very nature. This subject considers a range of contexts, comparing systems that have been developed specifically for these media with those adapted from library, archival or museum approaches. It also examines how policies, criteria and mechanisms have been devised to ensure appropriate coverage of evidential and research material in line with organisational objectives. Practical sessions focus on the complexities of providing access to audiovisual materials, from individual research requests through to product development and marketing.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF432. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Assumed Knowledge

This subject builds on the understanding established in INF430. While not essential to undertake INF430 prior to INF432, it would be beneficial for students with no relevant professional experience to do INF430 before this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the principles and practices underlying collection development, collection management and access within the audiovisual environment, particularly as they relate to audiovisual archives;
  • be able to apply the body of knowledge to workplace scenarios; and
  • be able to critcially discuss many of the complex issues that can arise in dealing with audiovisual materials in the workplace.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Collection management and description
  • Collection policy formulation and development
  • Selection issues
  • Acquisition methodologies
  • Developing productive relationships
  • Collection profiling
  • Deselection
  • Access policy development/framework
  • Providing and managing access services
  • Business and commercial opportunities.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF432 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Creating a collection development policy

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.