Generational change in Australian librarianship: Viewpoints from Generation X

Sue Hutley, Terena Solomons

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Australian librarianship faces the same age demographic and generational changes that other western countries and some other professions will soon encounter. As Baby Boomers retire there will be job opportunities and gaps in the profession. Who will take up higher level positions? Will there be enough qualifi ed library staff to fill vacant positions? How should the library industry attract and retain young people? What will be the effect of the ‘“brain drain” on the profession of librarianship resulting from mass retirements where people will take their knowledge, history and experiences with them? Questions such as these will be addressed in this paper, which will focus on Australian library demographic statistics and generational research from Australia and other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventALIA 2004 Biennial Conference: Challenging ideas - Gold Coast Convention Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 21 Sept 200424 Sept 2004


ConferenceALIA 2004 Biennial Conference
CityGold Coast
Internet address


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