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Presentation to Curtin Library and Information Studies Students

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Presentation to Curtin Library and Information Studies Students

  1. 1. Australian libraries, ALIA, the world! Roxanne Missingham Australian Parliamentary Librarian
  2. 3. What is a library <ul><li>Users everywhere online </li></ul><ul><li>Many channels </li></ul><ul><li>Many diverse offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Competition for time and as information access services </li></ul><ul><li>What are we doing? </li></ul>
  3. 5. Chinese Monks, Carindale Library, Brisbane Thuringowa Central Library Southern Tablelands Regional Library Northern Regional Library & IS Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service
  4. 6. New Solutions: Collect
  5. 7. New Solutions: Digitise
  6. 8. New Solutions: Collaborate
  7. 13. ALIA : linking people with ideas <ul><li>Professional association for workers, students and others </li></ul><ul><li>Key areas of work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education & professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy (e.g. copyright) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities – events, group opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research including a research fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial management & governance </li></ul></ul>
  8. 14. ALIA : linking people with ideas <ul><li>Student Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Employment – helping your career </li></ul><ul><li>Attend all the event you can! </li></ul>
  9. 16. You are the future: <ul><li>Where have we come from? </li></ul><ul><li>22 million Australians </li></ul><ul><li>12 million public library users </li></ul>
  10. 17. Online <ul><li>In 2005-06, 60% of Australian households had Internet access at home and 70% had access to a home computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Public libraries have 4,638 Internet workstations for Australians to use </li></ul>
  11. 18. Employment <ul><li>Australian Bureau of Statistics and Department of Employment classify almost 29,000 of 10 million working Australians as library workers. </li></ul><ul><li>13,400 are librarians; 8 800 are library assistants; and 6,700 work as library technicians </li></ul>
  12. 19. Literacy <ul><li>Over 6 million Australian adults (47%) don't have adequate literacy skills to cope with the demands of everyday life and work (level 1/2). </li></ul><ul><li>Only 17% of adult Australians had literacy skills at levels 4/5. </li></ul><ul><li>ABS 2008 </li></ul>
  13. 20. <ul><li>Where to from here? </li></ul>

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