Passion trumps pay: a study of the future skills requirements of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Australia

Howard, Katherine and Partridge, Helen and Hughes, Hilary and Oliver, Gillian (2016) Passion trumps pay: a study of the future skills requirements of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Australia. Information Research, 21 (2).

[img]
Preview
Text (Published Version)
Howard Partridge Hughes Oliver IR June 2016.pdf
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (263Kb) | Preview

Abstract

Introduction: This paper explores the current and future skills and knowledge requirements of contemporary information professionals in a converged gallery, library, archive and museum sector (also referred to as the GLAM sector) in Australia. This research forms part of a larger study that investigated the education needs of information professionals who will work in a converged environment.

Method: A relatively unknown method called the grounded Delphi method was used. Data was collected in rounds as for a Delphi study, with the data analysis incorporating elements of grounded theory.

Analysis: Focus groups were audio recorded and recordings transcribed. Coding techniques were then applied allowing for similarities and differences in the data to be identified.

Results: While common skills and knowledge across all four sectors were identified, including problem solving, critical thinking, critical analysis, written and oral communication, adaptability and leadership, the two most emphatically endorsed by all participants were a passion for and an understanding of the sector.

Conclusions: This paper provides the first empirical evidence of skills and knowledge required of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Australia. This can be used to inform what these professionals should be learning in an information management education programme.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 29357
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The authors, 2016. Article made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - No Department
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 04:23
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 04:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: GLAM; galleries; libraries; archives; museums, skill; knowledge; education; library and information science; focus groups; qualitative research; professional education
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080706 Librarianship
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29357

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only