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Title: Census of Australian Health Librarians and Library and Information Services [LIS] by Health Libraries Australia [HLA].
Authors: Siemensma, Gemma
Ritchie, Ann
Lewis, Suzanne
Kammermann, Melanie
Renison, Bronia
Issue Date: 2017
Conference Name: International Congress of Medical Librarianship (ICML) and European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL): 2017
Conference Date: June 12-16, 2017
Conference Place: Dublin, Ireland
Abstract: Enabled by an Anne Harrison research grant, HLA undertook a census of Australian health LIS and workforce in 2014/2015. The purpose was to create a baseline to measure trends, predict future needs, and provide objective evidence for advocacy. Aims: Specific objectives: conduct the census; report publicly on the data; make the census replicable. Method: Survey data were collected through elists and direct approaches to library managers. Demographic and workforce questions were adpated from NeXus3 (Hallam et al, 2011). Results: Two hundred and nineteen (219) responses, plus 61 services identified using outdated directories and lists equated to an estimated 328 health LIS. Workforce data were provided by 63% of LIS. Extrapolating to 100% suggested a workforce approximately 1,250 strong (760 health librarians, 290 library technicians, 200 non-LIS qualified staff). Health LIS vacancy rates were 10% (compared with a national rate of 1.2%). A ratio of 2:1 (imminent retirees:new recruits) indicated a critical shortage within the next five years. The workforce was largely female, 76% located on the eastern seaboard, over 70% in capital cities, and 60% in the government sector. Conclusion: The data provide evidence for education and workforce planning, advocacy, and improving the sector's profile among policy makers.
Internal ID Number: 01055
Health Subject: AUSTRALIA
Type: Conference
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