Virtual summit garners wide support for ALIA Professional Pathways

At the recent Professional Pathways virtual summit, a group of more than fifty participants from across the library and information sector have made a commitment to working together to support and embed ALIA's Professional Pathways initiative.

The virtual summit, held on 16 February, provided the opportunity for educators, subject specialists, new graduates and key library leaders from the across the sector, to engage in a robust discussion about the library and information profession and its future pathways. Participants were asked to consider the provocation ‘by creating a strong, diverse and future-ready workforce we are inventing the future’, and consider what success might look like in their sectors, and the steps needed to mitigate risks and achieve this outcome. 

There was agreement that all need to work together as a sector to support the initiative, explore new opportunities with our education partners, and address gaps in current professional development and training offerings, with a need to review and renew the skills, knowledge and ethical practice that form the core of the library and information profession. Solutions were discussed across a range of sectors and locations, and while this was only the start of the work to finalize the plan, it was inspiring to see the willingness and enthusiasm in the room.

Several groups pointed to the need for a strong and engaging communications campaign that creates a better public understanding of the skills, value and opportunity of a career in the library and information services.

Through the workshop, a statement of support was workshopped, with the final commitment reading:

“We commit to working with ALIA and each other to support and embed the Professional Pathways initiative; to deliver a diverse, flexible, valued and supported workforce delivering quality library and information services that anticipate and meet the needs of the population.”

The summit wraps up the current stage of consultation following the release of the Professional Pathways consultation draft in November 2020. The next public release will be a summary of these consultations, which will be worked into the final plan design. 

For more information about the Professional Pathways initiative, contact

Tuesday 09 March 2021 10:00am