ALIA’s Professional Pathways Initiative brings together all sectors of library and information services (LIS) in Australia, united in the goal of a valued, supported and diverse library and information service with the skills, knowledge and ethics to delivery library and information services that anticipate and meet the needs of the community. The project is focused on the skills, knowledge and ethics needed to be a library and information professional, and then considers what pathways into and through library and information careers might support LIS professionals into the future.
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 following four recommendations guide the project:
Recommendation 1: Develop a framework of knowledge, skills and ethical behaviour
It is recommended that ALIA develops 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. The framework should be developed 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.
Recommendation 2: Work with educators to strengthen accredited courses
It is recommended that ALIA work with educators and the industry to strengthen the ALIA-accredited qualifications with specific attention to industry engagement, practical experience, and quality improvement. ALIA should work with educators to better track the student cohort diversity measures and to attract and support talented students from diverse backgrounds.
Recommendation 3: Develop new professional pathways
It is recommended that in implementing the new framework (Recommendation 1) consideration is given to new pathways into the profession, professional registration, and revalidation of professional status. ALIA should work with educators and other partners to identify existing and potential CPD offerings which will integrate with the new framework.
Recommendation 4: Progress employer engagement strategy
It is recommended that ALIA 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.
Professional Pathways website