Ever thought about working overseas, or are you interested in working in Australia someday? Many Australian librarians head overseas for work every year. Recognition of qualifications can often be an unexpected stumbling block. Although ALA, CILIP and ALIA recognise some of each other’s qualifications, not all Australian library qualifications are covered. This can be an unwelcome surprise.
Recognising that this is a global issue, IFLA will be conducting a feasability study on guidelines for reciprocity of qualifications:
Feasibility of International Guidelines for Equivalency and Reciprocity of Qualifications for LIS Professionals: a new Project from IFLA
by Terry L. Weech and Anna Maria Tammaro
Issues such as the equivalency and reciprocity of the qualifications of the information professional, which IFLA and the Education and Training Section have been concerned with for years, still have not been resolved. More librarians are seeking employment and further education outside their own countries, there are no clear guidelines for determining the equivalency of degrees and certificates.
Find out more about the project’s progress and goals.