An initiative to create a strong, diverse and future-ready library and information workforce

Our Vision

A diverse, valued and supported Library and Information Sector (LIS) workforce with the skills, knowledge and ethics needed to deliver quality library and information services that anticipate and meet the needs of the population.

Project status

The first phase of consultation on the draft framework is now complete. The quantatitive and qualitative data is being analysed and will be published in the report in early 2023. The second phase of consultation will commence in mid 2023.

Draft Framework

The Professional Pathways draft framework is made up of foundational domains that includes ethics and values, wider information contexts and sector and organisational contexts, professional knowledge domains and active professionalism.

Draft Framework

The Professional pathways framework is made up of foundational domains that includes ethics and values, wider information contexts and sector and organisational contexts, professional knowledge domains and active professionalism.

Our Approach

Develop a framework of knowledge, skills and ethical behaviour

Develop a comprehensive framework of knowledge, skills and ethical behaviour that represents a sector-wide, whole-of-career resource, supporting the learning and development needs of all library and information professionals while recognising specific needs within areas of specialisation. 

Developed the framework in consultation with people across the sector, and draw from the evidence in this report and ALIA’s foundation knowledge for entry-level library and information professionals.

Work with educators to strengthen accredited courses

Work with educators and the industry to strengthen the ALIA-accredited qualifications with specific attention to industry engagement, practical experience, and quality improvement.

Work with educators to better track the student cohort diversity measures and to attract and support talented students from diverse backgrounds.

Develop new professional pathways

In implementing the new framework consider new pathways into the profession, professional registration, and revalidation of professional status. 

Work with educators and other partners to identify existing and potential CPD offerings which will integrate with the new framework.

Progress employer engagement strategy

Develop an employer engagement strategy to build a deeper appreciation of the importance and value of professionalism, continuing professional development, and the whole-of-career framework as implemented.

Dreams for the future of the LIS sector

Meet the Professional Pathways Advisory Board

Sara Altmann

Sara Altmann

Beatriz Aroche

Beatriz Aroche

Julie Barkman

Julie Barkman

Viv Barton

Viv Barton

Robyn Murfet

Robyn Murfet

Kylie Poulton

Kylie Poulton

Ann Ritchie

Ann Ritchie

Sandra Ryan

Sandra Ryan

Geoff Strempel

Geoff Strempel

Chelsea Harper

Chelsea Harper

Philip Kent

Philip Kent

Vicki McDonald

Vicki McDonald

Diane Velasquez

Diane Velasquez

Caitlin Wallace

Caitlin Wallace

Kirsten Thorpe

Kirsten Thorpe

Meet the ALIA team 

Trish Hepworth

Trish Hepworth

Dr Gillian Hallam

Dr Gillian Hallam

External consultant

Dr Lyn Hay

Dr Lyn Hay

External consultant

Dr Phoebe Weston-Evans

Dr Phoebe Weston-Evans

Quotes from focus group participants

Who is even a librarian in the 21st century?

One of the things that preoccupies me is diversity of the workforce: we talk so much about it but we find it very difficult to actually shift.

We want diversity of capability and experience; we need to strengthen the profession.

So how do we actually make it better and be proud of what we have to offer?

Contact the Professional Pathways team at ALIA

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