Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Available all semesters
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 2 Hours. Seminar. 2 x 1 hour sessions This module will be delivered using supported self-study whereby all students work through a printed, open learning package. These sessions will introduce students to the concept of student centred learning. In addition, students will be supported by electronic tutorials using the Department's computer conferencing facility.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment One report of 1,500 words  50%
Semester Assessment One 10 minute presentation  50%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the relationship between libraries and the book trade;
  • Explain some of the legislation which affects libraries and the book trade;
  • Describe the work of the publisher
  • Analyse the structure of British publishing
  • Summarise the structure of British bookselling;
  • Explain electronic development within the book trade industry.

Brief description

The publishing industry underpins the work of librarians and how it operates has implications for how libarians work, and of course, what items they stock in their libraries.
The module considers the relationship between libraries and the book trade together with three areas of the law (copyright, Public Lending Right, and censorship) which affect both libraries and the trade. It studies each step of the publishing process, the role of marketing and how books are promoted and the different types of publishers, including issues related to electronic publishing. Additionaly, the module examines the publishing industry in the Celtic countries, as well as the role of women's publishers today.

Transferable skills

During the course of the module the following skills will be developed

  • independent project work;
  • information and IT handling;
  • academic writing;
  • presentation skills


This module is at CQFW Level 6