Make a difference to the future of the library and information workforce
A boldly ambitious initiative to strengthen the profession, increase diversity and help create a future-ready workforce.
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.
The Professional Pathways project was announced in 2019. The following timeline lists the activity to date and future milestones.
Draft framework for consultation
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.
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
Meet the ALIA team
Dr Gillian Hallam
Dr Lyn Hay
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?