Provide services, programs and events that engage and connect your community in meaningful ways.
Create 21st century learners, and knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens.
Meet like-minded people who ‘get’ you, and share similar interests with you.
For individuals: Gain a best-practice approach to your work, with highly relevant skills and knowledge.
For organisations: Ensure organisational effectiveness and efficiencies with best-practice approaches that deliver your organisational goals and outcomes.
For individuals: Future-proof yourself and your career! Learn new ways to engage with your clients and community.
For organisations: Future-proof your library and information services – embrace the 21st century to create a dynamic and exciting environment! Provide additional value to all your stakeholders in a changing sector.
For individuals: Formalise your experience and provide evidence of the level and degree of your expertise. Stand out from the competition and increase your employability.
For organisations: Attract talent! Keep your best talent and create successful succession planning through education.
For individuals: Set up a clear path for future learning and development and upgrade your qualifications as your career progresses. Specialise in specific areas and skills that set you apart from others!
For organisations: Improve staff morale, engagement, motivation and retention by providing proactive learning and
development opportunities. Create a learning organisation, with a learning culture. Continuous improvement inspiring better
outcomes for all.
For individuals: Open doors to registration and membership with relevant associations, which provide advocacy, campaigns, professional development, resources and information (depending on your qualification). Open up opportunities for new
roles and progression in your current (or a new) workplace!
For organisations: Create the next generation of leaders and managers within your organisation. Deliver a library that seizes all
opportunities to thrive, connect and engage with their staff, clients and all other stakeholders!
Infinite growth opportunities…
The number of possible roles in LIS is branching out, with massive opportunities in both the public and private sector.
The types of places that you can work now include:
The difference between Library Assistant, Library Technician and Librarian
Whilst there are numerous different roles in LIS, it is important to identify the three traditional roles and the differences between them, as this could influence what study you decide to do. The below is over-simplified, as depending on the job description, skills and experience, many library functions may overlap.
Librarians and Teacher Librarians are a professional level role. They usually have university qualifications at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or have been accredited as professionals by a library association. Teacher Librarians must also be teacher/education qualified to perform that function. Librarians typically perform leadership, management and supervisory roles, and advanced reference services in a Library and Information Services context.
Library Technicians are LIS workers at a paraprofessional level, just below the level of Librarian. They typically hold qualifications at Diploma level and usually work at a high operational level requiring more technical expertise, such as cataloguers or managers of small branch libraries. Their roles can often include supervisory, management or leadership functions.
Library Assistants, Library Officers or Customer Service Officers may hold a LIS Certificate at Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV levels. Library Assistants may be starting out in the Library and Information Services sector, or they may have supervisory or management responsibilities based on their experience and knowledge. They perform day-to-day operational activities that keep the library running!