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Professional learning experiences of Australian public library staff

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Presentation given with Dr Michael Stephens and Prof Helen Partridge at the Asia Pacific Library and Information Conference on the Gold Coast in August 2018.

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Professional learning experiences of Australian public library staff

  1. 1. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES OF AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF Prof Helen Partridge Pro Vice Chancellor Education Portfolio | USQ @partridh Dr Michael Stephens Associate Professor School of Information | SJSU @mstephens7 Dr Kate Davis Senior Research Fellow Digital Life Lab | USQ @katiedavis
  2. 2. ABOUT THE PROJECT
  3. 3. ABOUT THE PROJECT • Preceded by US public library staff PD study • Partnership between San Jose State University, University of Southern Queensland, and the Australian Library and Information Association • National survey and narrative interviews • Goal: To tell the story of the learning experiences of public librarians in Australia
  4. 4. ABOUT THE SURVEY
  5. 5. ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT • Based on US study • We also drew on other related Australian and New Zealand studies: • Cossham, A. & Fields, A. (2006). Keeping the roses watered: the continuing professional development of librarians in New Zealand. The Australian Library Journal, 55(3), 235-247. DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2006.10721856 • Hallam, G. (2008). Nexus: An investigation into the library and information services workforce in Australia. Final report. (Unpublished) Retrieved from: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/12908/ • Hallam, Gillian (2009) neXus2. An investigation into the library and information services workforce in Australia: The institutional perspective. Final report prepared for the Australian Library and Information Association and National and State Libraries Australia. Retrieved from https://eprints.qut.edu.au/29051/ • The survey was open throughout May 2018
  6. 6. SAMPLE • 485 valid responses were recorded • 412 participants progressed to the end of the survey and submitted their answers • Responses varied in terms of completeness; all valid responses were used for the analysis
  7. 7. ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
  8. 8. 1.8% 12.2% 2.5% 32.0% 0.7% 32.0% 17.6% 1.1% Certificate Diploma Advanced Diploma Bachelor Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma Masters by Coursework Masters by Research QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE TYPE OF QUALIFICATION (PERCENTAGE OF THOSE WITH QUALIFICATIONS)
  9. 9. 29.7% 14.0% 17.1% 17.5% 15.1% 3.5% 3.1% Over 20 years 16-20 years 11-15 years 6-10 years 3-5 years 1-2 years Less than 1 year QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE LENGTH OF TIME IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES
  10. 10. 7.9% 16.3% 13.2% 17.0% 16.1% 10.6% 18.8% Other Library assistant Library technician Librarian Specialist Branch manager Senior management WHAT IS THEIR ROLE? TYPE OF ROLE
  11. 11. 16.9% 5.1% 1.8% 25.3% 26.4% 2.9% 6.9% 0.7% 10.2% 4.0% Other Technology management Support services Library administration/management Front line services Community outreach Collection management - hard copy Collection management - digital Children and youth services Adult programming WHAT IS THEIR ROLE? PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY
  12. 12. 3.8% 2.5% 24.9% 7.2% 61.2% 0.4% Casual employed Part time employed (contract) Part time employed (permanent) Full time employed (contract) Full time employed (permanent) Other, please specify WHAT IS THEIR ROLE? EMPLOYMENT STATUS
  13. 13. 15.3% 24.0% 1.1% 16.6% 0.2% 41.3% 1.1% Western Australia Victoria South Australia Queensland Northern Territory New South Wales ACT WHERE DO THEY WORK? Rural / remote – 12% Regional – 37% Metropolitan – 51% LIBRARY LOCATION AND SETTING
  14. 14. 3.1% 0.2% 1.1% 1.8% 6.8% 9.9% 19.7% 14.0% 8.6% 18.6% 16.2% I don't know Over 400 staff 301-400 staff 201-300 staff 101-200 staff 76-100 staff 51-75 staff 31-50 staff 26-30 staff 11-25 staff 1-10 staff WHERE DO THEY WORK? LIBRARY SIZE
  15. 15. PERCEPTIONS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  16. 16. EDUCATION AND TRAINING I CURRENTLY HAVE SUFFICIENT EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE TO ALLOW ME TO PERFORM MY JOB EFFECTIVELY
  17. 17. 21.0% 55.6% 11.1% 10.9% 1.5% Strongly Agree Agree Neither disagree nor agree Disagree Strongly disagree EDUCATION AND TRAINING I CURRENTLY HAVE SUFFICIENT EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE TO ALLOW ME TO PERFORM MY JOB EFFECTIVELY
  18. 18. ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT MY ORGANISATION PROVIDES ME SUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  19. 19. ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT MY ORGANISATION PROVIDES ME SUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 19.1% 38.2% 18.4% 18.4% 6.0% Strongly Agree Agree Neither disagree nor agree Disagree Strongly disagree
  20. 20. YOUR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO…
  21. 21. YOUR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO… 63.6% 33.9% 1.2% 0.7% 0.2% Very important Important Neither important or unimportant Unimportant Not at all important
  22. 22. EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF YOUR LIBRARY HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO…
  23. 23. EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF YOUR LIBRARY HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO… 64.4% 32.2% 2.2% 0.0% 1.0% Very important Important Neither important or unimportant Unimportant Not at all important
  24. 24. AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSION HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO…
  25. 25. AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSION HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO… 59.5% 36.6% 3.4% 0.0% 0.5% Very important Important Neither important or unimportant Unimportant Not at all important
  26. 26. 96.8% 95.6% 70.3% 47.0% 33.6% MOTIVATING FACTORS PERCENTAGE WHO RATED FACTORS AS IMPORTANT OR VERY IMPORTANT Required to maintain professional association membership Salary increase Career advancement Improved job performance Personal satisfaction or growth
  27. 27. 98.8% 95.3% 94.1% 92.2% 87.7% 87.5% 86.7% 86.5% 86.2% 84.5% Content offered Quality (reputation of providers) Time needed to participate Timeliness (is it offered when you want it) Your overall workload Location Scheduled commitments Delivery methods (online, face to face) Cost Support from employer DECIDING FACTORS PERCENTAGE WHO RATED FACTORS AS IMPORTANT OR VERY IMPORTANT
  28. 28. YOUR OWN PD PLAN
  29. 29. Trends Learning Needs Challenges Support Action Items
  30. 30. What trends are you observing requiring new opportunities for education/training? TRENDS
  31. 31. What do you want to learn to more effectively do your job? LEARNING NEEDS
  32. 32. What support do you need from your library? SUPPORT
  33. 33. What can you do now? ACTION ITEMS
  34. 34. DO SOMETHING WITH IT!
  35. 35. Include the plan in your conference report If you don’t have to turn in conference reports, turn the plan in anyway! Use this exercise as a discussion starter…
  36. 36. https://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/06/opinion/michael-stephens/formula-for-success-office-hours/#_
  37. 37. Email: mstephens7@mac.com PARTICIPATE Australian public librarians! We need you! If you’re interested in participating in a 30-60 minute interview, we’d love to hear from you!
  38. 38. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES OF AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF Prof Helen Partridge Pro Vice Chancellor Education Portfolio | USQ @partridh Dr Michael Stephens Associate Professor School of Information | SJSU @mstephens7 Dr Kate Davis Senior Research Fellow Digital Life Lab | USQ @katiedavis

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