Update - Future of the Profession

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017, Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has produced a scorecard regarding the findings and recommendations of the ALIA Future of the Profession project.

The Future of the Profession reports were a suite of seven publications which covered public, school, special and tertiary education libraries, together with collecting institutions, library and information professionals and an overview of the sector.

Based on ALIA Member focus groups; consultations in every state and territory; ALIA committee, group and stakeholder submissions, they were ALIA’s contribution to the IFLA Trend Report, which was launched in August 2013 at the World Library and Information Congress in Singapore.

ALIA made the ALIA Future of the Profession project into a poster display at the 2014 World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, and we won the award for the best poster at the conference.

At this evening's Annual General Meeting in Canberra, ALIA President, Tricia Genat, said: "Tonight, I am pleased to announce that we have revisited the 2014 Future of the Profession reports to provide our Members with a review of the themes we identified during the 2013 consultation and how they have held up to the changes we have seen over the last three years. We have a scorecard of what we said we would do as a result of our findings and what we have actually done. Plus, there is a final section about what we have learned in the process."

'It’s always interesting to look back at predictions to see how much has come true. This initiative has showed us that our Members really know their industry, have a strong sense of foresight and are very good at keeping up with the trends and taking on the challenges. We are celebrating our 80th birthday in 2017, and we’re already thinking ahead to our 100th anniversary in 2037. ALIA is 80 years strong and can be pleased to be a part of an industry that has stood the test of time and will continue to thrive in the new digital age."

Read the reports and scorecard 



Heather Wellard , Communications Manager:  heather.wellard alia.org.au | 02 6215 8225 

Wednesday 17 May 2017 7:00pm