Victorian Public Libraries: Our Future, Our Skills. Research Report

Hallam, Gillian (2014) Victorian Public Libraries: Our Future, Our Skills. Research Report. State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.

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This research study represents a key part of the program of Statewide Public Library Development Projects delivered by the State Library of Victoria between 2011 and 2014 in partnership with Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN), the peak body for Victoria’s 47 public library services. The overarching objectives of this project were:

  • to develop a framework to articulate the core competencies required by the public library workforce for the 21st century

  • to conduct a skills audit of Victorian public library staff in order to collect evidence of the current skills and to anticipate future skills requirements

  • to deliver a report that analyses the audit findings and makes recommendations on training needs and strategies to prepare for the future delivery of public library services in Victoria.

The study built on the 2008 report Workforce sustainability and leadership: Survey, analysis and planning, developed for the State Library of Victoria and PLVN, in which three types of workplace skills were delineated: cognitive (or Foundation), technical (or Professional) and Behavioural skills. Following industry discussion and review, a framework comprising 59 skill-sets within the three distinct skills areas was finalised in October 2013. The skills audit, which comprised an Individual survey and a Management survey with questionnaires directly based on the skills framework, was undertaken between late November and December 2013. This report presents the analysis and interpretation of the data collected through the two surveys.

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ID Code: 78022
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Public libraries, Skills audit, Skills, Library staff
ISBN: 9780646923031
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network
Copyright Statement: This publication is copyright. No part may be reproduced
by any process except in accordance with the provisions
of the Copyright Act 1968.
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2014 22:14
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2014 22:10

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