Library Policy

Policy overview

1 Purpose

To establish the role of USQ Library in supporting and strengthening the University's learning, teaching and Research Activities through the library's services, facilities, collections and Employees.

2 Scope

This Policy applies to all Students and University Members.

The Policy also applies to other libraries, which borrow, request or access USQ Library content.

3 Policy Statement

The University is committed to creating, maintaining and managing a high level of Information and Information services for its community. University libraries, including USQ Library, provide spaces, services and opportunities for study and research, as well as for social and co-curricular learning and related activities.

To achieve this purpose, the University strives for excellence in the availability, usability and accessibility of USQ Library facilities, services and content.

4 Principles

The University affirms that libraries are forums for the creation and sharing of Information and ideas.

The USQ Library supports the University's learning, teaching and Research Activities by:

  • collecting, curating and enabling access to content that is targeted, high quality and diverse, containing both physical and digital resources that are easily accessible;
  • offering Information and learning support services and facilities designed to anticipate the needs of the University's diverse Student cohort and to enhance the Student experience;
  • employing professional and academic Employees who are responsive, client-centred and skilled in learning and teaching, research support, digital literacy, library management, community engagement and outreach.

5 References

Council of Australian University Librarians (2016). Principles and guidelines for Australian higher education libraries.[E-book]. Retrieved from http://www.caul.edu.au/content/upload/files/best-practice/principles-guidelines2016public.pdf

6 Schedules

This policy must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

7 Policy Information

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Responsible Officer

Director (Library Services)

Policy Type

Executive Policy

Policy Suite

Library Facilities Access and Use Procedure

Subordinate Schedules

Approved Date

10/2/2020

Effective Date

10/2/2020

Review Date

25/3/2022

Relevant Legislation

Higher Education Standards Framework 2015

Related Policies

Academic Integrity Policy

Acceptable use of ICT Resources Policy

Code of Conduct Policy

ICT Information Management and Security Policy

Intellectual Property Policy and Procedure

Learning and Teaching Policy

Policy and Procedure Framework

Related Procedures

Library Content Access and Use Procedure

Library Content Management Procedure

User Experience Architecture Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Employee

A person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University....moreA person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University.

Information

Any collection of data that is processed, analysed, interpreted, organised, classified or communicated in order to serve a useful purpose, present facts or represent knowledge in any medium or form. This includes presentation in electronic (digital), print, audio, video, image, graphical, cartographic, physical sample, textual or numerical form....moreAny collection of data that is processed, analysed, interpreted, organised, classified or communicated in order to serve a useful purpose, present facts or represent knowledge in any medium or form. This includes presentation in electronic (digital), print, audio, video, image, graphical, cartographic, physical sample, textual or numerical form.

Research Activities

Refers to activities that result in the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes....moreRefers to activities that result in the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes.

Student

A person who is admitted to an Award Program or Non-Award Program offered by the University and is: currently enrolled in one or more Courses or study units; or not currently enrolled but is on an approved Leave of Absence or whose admission has not been cancelled....moreA person who is admitted to an Award Program or Non-Award Program offered by the University and is: currently enrolled in one or more Courses or study units; or not currently enrolled but is on an approved Leave of Absence or whose admission has not been cancelled.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

University Members

Employees of the University whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement whether full time or fractional, continuing, fixed-term or casual, including senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University; Members of the University Council and University Committees; Visiting and adjunct academic...moreEmployees of the University whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement whether full time or fractional, continuing, fixed-term or casual, including senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University; Members of the University Council and University Committees; Visiting and adjunct academics; Volunteers who contribute to University activities or who act on behalf of the University; Individuals who are granted access to University facilities or who are engaged in providing services to the University, such as contractors and consultants, where applicable.

Definitions that relate to this policy only

Keywords

Library, content, collections, learning, teaching, research support, digital literacy, community engagement, information services, access

Record No

18/806PL

Complying with the law and observing Policy and Procedure is a condition of working and/or studying at the University.

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