Who are Australia’s information educators?

Partridge, Helen L., Hider, Philip, Burford, Sally, & Ellis, Leonie (2014) Who are Australia’s information educators? Australian Library Journal, 63(4), pp. 275-291.

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Abstract

In recent years there has been considerable discussion afforded to the challenges facing the future of information education in Australia. This paper reports a study that explored the characteristics and experiences of Australia’s information educators. The study was undertaken as part of a larger project, which was designed to establish a consolidated and holistic picture of the Australian information profession, and identify how its future education could be mediated in a cohesive and sustainable manner. Sixty-nine of Australia’s information educators completed an online questionnaire that gathered data on aspects such as age, gender, rank, qualifications, work activities, and job satisfaction. The key findings from this study confirm that a number of pressing issues are confronting information educators in Australia. For example, Australia’s information educators are considerably older than that the total Australian academic workforce; over half the information educators who participated in the study are looking to retire in the next ten years; and, Australia’s information educators spend more time on service activities then other disciplines within Australia’s education system and are place a stronger importance on teaching over research. Left unaddressed these issues will have significant implications for the future of information education as well as the broader information profession. Many of the key observations drawn from this study may also have relevance to other disciplines in the Australian educational context.

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ID Code: 74789
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: library and information studies, professional education, academics, workforce planning, information education, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2014.966409
ISSN: 2201-4276
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Funding:
  • ALTC/not specified
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian Library & Information Association
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Australian Library Journal on [date of publication], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI]
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2014 22:52
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2015 04:24

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