Certificate in Cataloguing (Level 5) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code OP5101

If you’re working in a library or information management position and would like to update your cataloguing skills, this is the right qualification for you. You will learn about the guidelines and standards used in cataloguing and classification, (including RDA: Resource Description and Access, Dewey Decimal Classification and Library of Congress Subject Headings), contemporary issues affecting cataloguing, catalogue management, library technical services and the basic principles relating to information systems.

Qualification Update

New Students

OP5101 Certificate in Cataloguing is closed to new students. If you are interested in studying other Library and Information Studies qualifications with Open Polytechnic please visit our programme page.

Current students

If you were already enrolled in OP5101 Certificate in Cataloguing (Level 5) prior to 23 October 2017, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.

Please note, to be awarded this qualification you will need to have completed all courses that make up the programme by the end of Trimester 2, 2020. 

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  • Level 5  
    Credits 60 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $2,190 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • analyse resources likely to be acquired by libraries to enable appropriate descriptive and subject cataloguing to be done
  • apply RDA: Resource Description and Access to create descriptive catalogue records for a range of formats
  • assign MARC codes and tags to descriptive
    catalogue records
  • use Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to provide accurate classification numbers
  • use Library of Congress Subject Headings to provide accurate subject headings
  • demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues and show how they affect cataloguing policies and operations. 

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for work as a cataloguing librarian in libraries of all types. It is also appropriate if you’re employed as a sole charge librarian within a school or special library and you need to do your own cataloguing.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

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