Professional development

Professional Pathways: The future of library and information science (LIS) professional recognition in Australia

Across the next few years the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is undertaking its boldly ambitious initiative to strengthen the profession, increase diversity and help create a future-ready workforce named 'Professional Pathways'.
 
On 30 November 2020, ALIA released the Professional Pathways plan for the future of the library and Information profession, as the culmination of consultations across the sector over the past year, with close to 450 active participants. This document provides a detailed outline of the initiative.

The future of library and information science education in Australia: discussion paper

In November 2019, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) published The Future of LIS Education Issues Paper to inform a sector-wide discussion about the current state of professional education: the needs going forward, and the challenges we face in trying to identify and deliver the best outcome.
 

ALIA Top End Symposium 2018 feedback summary report

10th ALIA Top End Symposium, 12-13 October 2018 Darwin: Enabling universal literacies in the digital age
 
The symposium provides a professional development opportunity for local information professionals to engage with national and international experts on universal literacies, a theme deemed to be of interest to all members of the community. This event is a premium professional development activity for information and library workers in the Northern Territory.
 
The theme of the symposium was 'Enabling Universal Literacies in the Digital Age'.
 

ALIA Top End Symposium 2018 program

10th ALIA Top End Symposium, 12-13 October 2018 Darwin: Enabling universal literacies in the digital age
 
The symposium provides a professional development opportunity for local information professionals to engage with national and international experts on universal literacies, a theme deemed to be of interest to all members of the community. This event is a premium professional development activity for information and library workers in the Northern Territory.
 
The theme of the symposium was 'Enabling Universal Literacies in the Digital Age'.
 

"It’s what we do here": Embedding evidence-based practice at USQ Library [slides]

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
 
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the paper which discusses the creation of a role dedicated to embedding evidence-based practice into Australian academic libraries. By explicitly positioning evidence-based practice so prominently within USQ Library we are taking a leap forward, using local, professional and research evidence to transform our collections, spaces and services in response to ever-evolving client needs.
 

"It’s what we do here": Embedding evidence-based practice at USQ Library

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
 
This conference paper discusses the creation of a role dedicated to embedding evidence-based practice into Australian academic libraries. By explicitly positioning evidence-based practice so prominently within USQ Library we are taking a leap forward, using local, professional and research evidence to transform our collections, spaces and services in response to ever-evolving client needs.
 

Professional development for library and information professionals

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recognises that the dynamic and changing library and information environment demands that library and information professionals continue to develop and broaden their knowledge and skills so that they can anticipate and respond to the needs of clients, organisations and society.
 
ALIA supports library and information professionals to engage in formal and informal learning experiences through the ALIA PD Scheme, ALIA Mentoring Scheme, ALIA conferences, symposia, events, forums and training.

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