New ALIA report forecasts more jobs for librarians by 2022

Wednesday 11 October 2017 Canberra: The fourth annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report has been released by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). The report seeks to provide students, educators, employees and employers with an understanding of the national landscape and inform ALIA's actions as the sector’s peak professional body.

The report shows that over the five years from November 2010 to November 2015, there were 43.5% fewer Librarian positions in the workforce; 16.3% fewer Technician positions, and 12.4% fewer Library Assistant positions. However, looking ahead to May 2022, the Department of Employment predicts a 15.6% employment rise for Librarians, a relatively stable number of Library Technician positions and a drop of 13% for Library Assistant positions.

There is expected to be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions available over the next five years, but a significant decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification. The library and information sector remains an attractive job prospect but there is undoubtedly competition for jobs. The workforce tends to be fairly static, with a relatively small number of vacancies occurring through staff turnover, people leaving the sector and the creation of new positions.

Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Office of ALIA, said in response to the report that: 'The real news is that, after five years of decline, the job prospects for librarians are picking up.  We won’t see the entire increase coming through immediately, but there should be good news for qualified professionals seeking new positions over the next five years.’

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.


Brendan Eichholzer, Publishing and Communications Coordinator: | 02 6215 8239

Wednesday 11 October 2017 2:45pm