Sue Wills, Head Teacher of Library, Information and Cultural Services for North Coast TAFE Institute says it was an honour to be the first registered training organisation to achieve the Gold standard, which involved a panel from ALIA putting the course through a rigorous accreditation process.
“Achieving this accreditation reassures anyone who chooses to study this course with us that the qualification they complete has been quality assured, is relevant, up-to-date and will give them the skills they need to get the job they want,” says Sue.
ALIA's Director of Learning, Judy Brooker, says: "Gold level accreditation is paid service provided by ALIA, requested by an institution seeking the extra scrutiny of a Reaccreditation Panel visit, and is awarded to the institution after meeting all ALIA accreditation requirements. It is important to note that the payment to ALIA reimburses the travelling expenses of panellists and does not influence any outcome."
The Gold accreditation comes hard on the heels of one of its teachers, Judy Atkinson, being named ‘Library Technician of the Year’ (2014-15) at the ALIA national conference held in Hobart in September.
Judy, who also works at the Coffs Coast City Library, is a great example of how staff at North Coast TAFE Institute tap into industry currency to deliver relevant and up to date knowledge and skills to customers from all over the country.
Judy says one of the biggest benefits of the TAFEnow digital presence is that “we are reaching a group of people we wouldn’t normally able to reach and who, otherwise, would not be able to study a course in Library and Information Services.”
“One of the exceptional things about the Library and Information courses being offered through TAFEnow, is that the students are learning about new technologies, through new technologies. They gain hands on experience by completing the course, and develop skills that translate directly to the workplace,” says Judy.
The Diploma of Library and Information Services is delivered fully online with interested learners able to start the course at any time. For more information visit http://tafenow.com.au/information-and-cultural or contact TAFEnow on 1300 823 366