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ALIA diversity report reveals Indigenous professionals underrepresented in library sector

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has published this year’s Workforce Diversity Trend Report, which details the diversity of the galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records (GLAMR) workforce.

The report found an under-representation of professionals born in Asia and Africa in the library and information sector, while the number professionals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the sector is very low and ‘does not appropriately represent the actual population’ in Australia.

The report identified five steps for the GLAMR sector to take in order to work towards a representational workforce: encourage people to consider library and information as both a first and second career, find ways to significantly increase the number of male library and information workers, aim to double the number of Indigenous workers, continue to open up career opportunities for people living with disability, and seek to recruit people born in Asia, or people from a non-English household with Asian first languages.

To see the report, click here.


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