May 24, 2022

Future of Jobs Unclear Under Major Restructure For National Library of Australia

From The Canberra Times:

The National Library [of Australia] is embarking on a major staff restructure, with the Asian Collections Reading Room set to close and overseas collecting reduced.

There will be no reduction in jobs under the restructure, but Director-General of the library Marie-Louise Ayres didn’t say how many existing roles would be changed and if more contractors would be brought in.

The library’s average staffing level cap has been slashed by about 50 people over the past six years, and its budget has been felt the strain of continual efficiency dividends.


Dr Ayes said the library needed to redesign the way work is organised to reflect the changing operating environment.

“While the library’s mission has long been to collect, connect and collaborate, the ways in which we have carried out that mission have changed dramatically.

Learn More, Read the Complete Article

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.