Charles Darwin University

CDU eSpace
Institutional Repository

CDU Staff and Student only

Workforce analysis of the Northern Territory library and information sector

Ruzic, Christine Yvonne (1999). Workforce analysis of the Northern Territory library and information sector. Master Thesis, Northern Territory University.

Document type: Thesis
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your CDU eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
Download this reading Thesis_CDU_6317_Ruzic_C.pdf PDF scanned and generated by CDU application/pdf 2.72MB 234
Reading the attached file works best in Firefox, Chrome and IE 9 or later.

Author Ruzic, Christine Yvonne
Title Workforce analysis of the Northern Territory library and information sector
Institution Northern Territory University
Publication Date 1999
Thesis Type Master
Subjects 0807 - Library and Information Studies
Abstract This paper is an exploratory study that seeks to extend the knowledge of available information on the library and information services workforce of the Northern Territory. The study describes staffing levels, age profiles, turnover rates and evaluates recruitment and training needs to ensure the future workforce's demands are adequately met. Discussion of the workforce's supply, demand and training characteristics are based on results of a workforce planning questionnaire that was distributed in late 1998. The conceptual framework of the questionnaire was developed by UNESCO and has been used in a number of countries. For use in the NT, the questionnaire required few changes, thus ensuring consistency of data within the industry and allowing analysis and comparison with previous studies. The results described a workforce with: over 60% of positions requiring accredited library qualifications; over 50% of arrivals at the professional level being recruited from outside the Northern Territory library and information services workforce; and a lack of opportunity for career path development for paraprofessional staff. While coping with unprecedented change there was an optimistic outlook for growth in staffing in the medium term future. A number of contradictions appeared in the study that require further individual research: different types of libraries run the risk of future professional staffing shortages, particularly school and public libraries; the data also suggested that 'underemployment' exists - a situation where trained staff are unable to obtain positions at an appropriate level, and accept positions intended for people with a lower level of training or experience; and males and young people are not being attracted into the profession.

© copyright

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in CDU eSpace. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact

Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 132 Abstract Views, 236 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Thu, 18 Sep 2008, 09:44:41 CST