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Library and information services: the future of the profession - themes and scenarios 2025

All of the ALIA  members want to know what the future holds for library and information services. Of course, it is impossible to predict in exact terms, but using global trends, early indicators and futurist thinking to develop themes can guide the discussion about where it might be headed. For the purpose of this discussion paper, ALIA has looked at the broad role of library and information services, and specific circumstances relating to school, public, academic and special libraries, and collecting institutions.

Core principles for effective action for a safer Internet

In December 2009, Minister Stephen Conroy announced the details of the government's proposals for mandatory filtering by ISPs of online content in the Refused Classification (RC) category. ALIA welcomeS the Minister's invitation for consultations on the proposed policy. There is some concern that the scope of content to be filtered is too wide. Filtering all RC material could block content with a strong social or educational value.

The library and information agenda 2013

This document summarises how people who work in the library and information field want the new Australian Government to engage with library and information services during its term of office. In the run up to the federal election, we will be lobbying for The Library and Information Agenda – four themes and 10 items which we believe are essential for promoting literacy, enabling citizens to be well informed, supporting socially inclusive communities and contributing to the success of Australia as a knowledgebased economy. 

Federal budget May 2013

Budget highlights for library and information professionals include: new school resourcing standards will include school libraries; $180m allocated to university research infrastructure; continued emphasis on the NBN, including digital hubs and cybersecurity; copyright reform remains on the agenda; open access policy a priority for the Australian Research Council.

ALIA overview of the 2014-2015 Federal budget

This summary for the library and information includes the defunding of the Get Ready program; consolidation of back office functions of collection agencies; enchancing online safety for children; Australian Insitute for Teachng and School Leadership funding; university fees; community heritage program; Medical Research Future fund; industry skills fund; restart programme to encourage the employment of older Australians.

Federal budget 2015

This summary for the library and information sector, including GST on digital products; public service; arts; communications; education; health; infrastructure and regional development; Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

A strategy for the recognition of competence in the library and information services industries: at industry levels A-D. Additional material and bibliography

This Recognition Strategy is designed to provide a national process and guidelines for recognising the current knowledge and skills of people working in, or proposing to enter the library industry.

It provides an overall framework which encompasses a number of models or options that can be further adapted for use in library workplaces or in training situations. As it is based on assessment against the Library Industry Competency Standards at levels A-D, it provides a common basis against which to benchmark the learning that takes place in many different situations.

A strategy for the recognition of competence in the library and information services industries: at industry levels A-D. Guide B

This title of this guide is Recognition exemplar using modules in the Diploma of Library and Information Studies.

This Recognition Strategy is designed to provide a national process and guidelines for recognising the current knowledge and skills of people working in, or proposing to enter the library industry.

A strategy for the recognition of competence in the library and information services industries: at industry levels A-D. Guide A

The title of this guide is Recognition exempler using the library industry competency standards.

This Recognition Strategy is designed to provide a national process and guidelines for recognising the current knowledge and skills of people working in, or proposing to enter the library industry.

A strategy for the recognition of competence in the library and information services industries: at industry levels A-D. Chapters 1-7

This Recognition Strategy is designed to provide a national process and guidelines for recognising the current knowledge and skills of people working in, or proposing to enter the library industry.

It provides an overall framework which encompasses a number of models or options that can be further adapted for use in library workplaces or in training situations. As it is based on assessment against the Library Industry Competency Standards at levels A-D, it provides a common basis against which to benchmark the learning that takes place in many different situations.

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