Generational change in Australian librarianship: Viewpoints from Generation X

Sue Hutley, Terena Solomons

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Abstract

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
Pages1-5
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventALIA 2004 Biennial Conference: Challenging ideas - Gold Coast Convention Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 21 Sep 200424 Sep 2004
https://www.alia.org.au/events/conferences-symposiums-and-summits

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ConferenceALIA 2004 Biennial Conference
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period21/09/0424/09/04
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Hutley, S., & Solomons, T. (2004). Generational change in Australian librarianship: Viewpoints from Generation X. 1-5. Paper presented at ALIA 2004 Biennial Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
Hutley, Sue ; Solomons, Terena. / Generational change in Australian librarianship : Viewpoints from Generation X. Paper presented at ALIA 2004 Biennial Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.6 p.
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