Passion trumps pay: A study of the future skills requirements of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Australia

Howard, Katherine, Partridge, Helen L., Hughes, Hilary E., & Oliver, Gillian (2016) Passion trumps pay: A study of the future skills requirements of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Australia. Information Research, 21(2).

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Abstract

Introduction

  • This paper explores the current and future skills and knowledge requirements of contemporary information professionals in a converged gallery, library, archive and museum sector (also referred to as the GLAM sector) in Australia. This research forms part of a larger study that investigated the education needs of information professionals who will work in a converged environment.

Method

  • A relatively unknown method called the grounded Delphi method was used. Data was collected in rounds as for a Delphi study, with the data analysis incorporating elements of grounded theory.

Analysis

  • Focus groups were audio recorded and recordings transcribed. Coding techniques were then applied allowing for similarities and differences in the data to be identified.

Results

  • While common skills and knowledge across all four sectors were identified, including problem solving, critical thinking, critical analysis, written and oral communication, adaptability and leadership, the two most emphatically endorsed by all participants were a passion for and an understanding of the sector.

Conclusion

  • This paper provides the first empirical evidence of skills and knowledge required of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Australia. This can be used to inform what these professionals should be learning in an information management education programme.

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ID Code: 96211
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: information professionals, skills, knowledge, higher education, information management, libraries, galleries, archives, museuems, GLAM, LIS, Library and information science, HERN
ISSN: 1368-1613
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2016 00:38
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:41

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