Health Libraries Australia (HLA) has provided significant support to The Census of Australian Health Libraries and Health Librarians Working Outside the Traditional Library Setting in order to gain comprehensive insights into the nature, scale and composition of Australian LIS and its workforce. This overview examines what was known about the demographics of the Australian health library sector prior to carrying out the project.
This paper is submitted as feedback to the IHPA (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority) public consultation paper prepared by Paxton Partners ‘Teaching, training and research costing study’ issued in December 2014.
The Executive of HLA is greatly concerned at the omission in the public consultation paper of the role performed by health libraries, and by information technology in general, in the paper prepared by Paxton Partners on the creation of an appropriate classification (costing study) for teaching, training and research (TTR).
This report presents the background and rationale to the collaborative research project, which was born from the fundamental belief that there was a nexus, a deep connection, or indeed a series of connections, between education, curriculum, recruitment, retention, training and development that was necessary to sustain and develop the LIS workforce in Australia.