More work to be done to improve diversity in the GLAMR workforce

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released the Workforce Diversity Trend Report 2019. This report details the current status of diversity in the galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records (GLAMR) workforce.

At present, there is an over-representation of library and information professionals born in Europe or the Americas and an under-representation of professionals born in Asia and Africa. Additionally, the number of library and information professionals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is very low and does not appropriately represent the actual population in the nation.

‘Together, we can ensure that a resilient, talented and diverse workforce will secure the future sustainability, prosperity and relevance of the library and information sector’, Robert Knight, ALIA President, said.

Five issues have been identified for the GLAMR sector to rectify in order to have a representational workforce.

  1. Encourage people to consider library and information as both a first and second career.
  2. Find ways to significantly increase the number of male library and information workers.
  3. Aim to double the number of Indigenous workers.
  4. Continue to open up career opportunities for people living with disability.
  5. Seek to recruit people born in Asia and/or from languages other than English households with Asian first languages.

The report was made after consultation with ALIA Members and can be seen on the ALIA website. You can also compare your library’s workplace diversity against the industry and national job numbers using the ALIA Workforce Diversity Calculator.


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.  


Karolina Firman, Communications Officer,

Wednesday 07 August 2019 1:30pm