A message from libraries: we needyou!Roxanne MissinghamParliament of Australia Librarian – shortly to beUniversity Librarian, ANUPast president, ALIA
Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the WebFacebook tops Google for weekly trafficIf Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 3rd largest80% of companies use social media for recruitment;
Years to Reach 50 millions Users: Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)… Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months… iPhone applications hit 1 billion in 9 months.
And next...... Consumer electronics set the trends ◦ i-pads/androids ◦ E-books ◦ Games Old school ◦ Email The cloud?
What is a library in this new world? 1. Users everywhere online 2. Many channels 3. Many diverse offerings 4. Competition for time and as information access services 5. So what are libraries doing?
New Solutions: Collect and reveal
New Solutions: Digitise
New Solutions: Collaborate
Contributing to a digital democracy
Digtial democracy Australian Labour Party Liberal Party/National Party Coalition Australian Greens Other minor parties and independents 15.8% of Senators and Members are on Twitter
ALIA : linking people with ideas Professional association for workers, students and others Key areas of work ◦ Education & professional development ◦ Advocacy (e.g. copyright) ◦ Activities – events, group opportunities ◦ Research including a research fund ◦ Awards ◦ Financial management & governance
ALIA : linking people with ideas Contacts Networks Employment – helping your career Attend all the event you can! Awards – student awards
Online 23 million Australians 12 million public library users Public libraries have 4,638 Internet workstations for Australians to use
Employment Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 census: Library workforce is ◦ 10,085 librarians; ◦ 6,510 library technicians; and ◦ 8,254 library technicians
Employment Librarians are older than the average age for Australian occupations: ◦ 65% are 45 or older (compared to 36% of the average total workforce); ◦ 88% are 35 or older (compared to 58% of the total workforce) ◦ Only 12% are under 35 (compared to 42% of the total workforce)
Inquiry into school libraries andteacher librarians
29 per cent of schools in general (and 54 per cent of government schools) have an annual budget of less than $5 000 to provide curriculum support, reading materials and electronic resources. According to the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), many school libraries receive budgets below 1975 levels. (in 2010) the average school library budget of respondent schools today equates to just $25 per child.
A vicious cycle has resulted from under- resourcing school libraries and having insufficient numbers of appropriately qualified staff in them, leading to a poorer quality service, which reduces the demand for teacher librarians ... The Committee has been struck by the breadth of anecdotal evidence that it received demonstrating the significant contribution to learning outcomes in primary and secondary schools that a fully resourced school library, when staffed by a fully qualified and active teacher librarian, can make.
Literacy Over 6 million Australian adults (47%) dont have adequate literacy skills to cope with the demands of everyday life and work (level 1/2). Only 17% of adult Australians had literacy skills at levels 4/5. ABS 1996