Beyond a dream: The real picture of employment in the library and information services sector in Australia

Hallam, Gillian C. (2008) Beyond a dream: The real picture of employment in the library and information services sector in Australia. In Dreaming08: Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference, 2-5 September 2008, Alice Springs, NT.

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Over the past few years, the library and information services (LIS) sector in Australia has become increasingly aware that people are indeed the key drivers in the profession and that a strong future will depend on ensuring that recruitment, retention and professional development issues are clearly understood and managed. The paper discusses Stage 2 of the neXus research project which aims to develop our understanding of the LIS workforce. While neXus Stage 1 investigated into the current LIS workforce at the individual level, with the findings discussed widely across the industry, neXus Stage 2 reviews and analyses workforce issues and practices at the institutional level. The project involves a survey of the policies and practices currently in place in individual institutions, focusing on the recruitment and retention of professional and paraprofessional staff, succession planning, and staff development activities. The data collection phase was undertaken in March-April 2008, with a good response from a range of libraries that represent the diversity of employers, public, academic, TAFE, school and special libraries, in both metropolitan and regional areas. The research allows us to begin to build a real picture of workforce practices in Australian libraries. The paper itself presents the initial findings from the study and seeks to identify areas of good practice that can help the industry successfully establish a sustainable future. The project has been funded by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the consortium of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA).

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ID Code: 15696
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Libraries, Librarians, Library and information professionals, Workforce planning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:08

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