Thursday 1 September 2016 Adelaide: A new report from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) says there will be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions over the next five years, but a decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification.
This is the conclusion of the third annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Report released today at the ALIA 2016 National Conference being held in Adelaide.
Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Office of ALIA, said: ' The library and information sector remains an attractive proposition, with a below average unemployment rate and the option for part-time working. However, the workforce tends to be fairly static, with a relatively small number of vacancies occurring through staff turnover, people leaving the sector and the creation of new positions.’
The Trend Report follows on from the ALIA Health Libraries Australian Census, published in July 2016, which found there are job opportunities in this specialisation. With a 7:4 ratio of retirees to new entrants, job vacancies in health libraries were found to be running at almost 10 per cent, compared with a national job vacancy rate of 1.2 per cent.
Ms McKerracher said: 'Our analysis shows there will be a small increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for unqualified staff.
'Changes to ALIA’s professional development program in the lead up to 2020 will reflect the need for Certified Professional status in many parts of the sector, making these candidates more attractive to potential employees.
'ALIA is introducing a formal ongoing learning requirement for ALIA Members who want to achieve or retain their Certified Professional status.'
About the Australian Library and Information Association
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au
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