During the years in which I have been involved in libraries (which are many!) things have changed significantly: the services they deliver; the physical buildings; the people who work in them and the rich and diverse skills and experiences that these people bring. A comment I have often heard voiced by employers is that professional pathways and development haven’t kept pace with this change, and lets face it the change isn’t a “one off”, its continual.
A big shout out to ALIA’s Professional Pathways initiative which has been developed to reflect the reality of the environment we’re working in. It is taking us from the past to a very exciting and inclusive future that looks at the skill sets that are needed, how these can best be obtained and more importantly maintained. Its not enough to gain a qualification and sit on it for the next however many years. I would encourage you to take the time to read the consultation draft and attend one of the scheduled Town Hall meetings to learn more about it.
Its been exciting to be part of the discussions so far, to listen to the views and ideas put forward by over 500 colleagues from across the Australian library world and to envisage a new direction . Congratulations to ALIA President Viv Barton whose presidential theme is the Future of LIS Education. It was also fun to make a testimonial video to share with ALIA members about the importance of this project. Unfortunately I was travelling when it was made and some of the shoots that hit the cutting room floor were filmed in places as diverse as in my car the Bruny Island Ferry and my Sydney hotel room ( photo above).
Now its your turn to share in the conversation. I would encourage you to take the time to read the consultation draft and attend one of the scheduled Town Hall meetings to learn more about it. Together we can shape the future.