The recommendations from the newly released final report of the Re-conceptualising and re-positioning Australian library and information science education for the twenty-first century project:
Recommendation 1: It is recommended that a broader and more inclusive vocabulary be adopted that both recognises and celebrates the expanding landscape of the field, for example ‘information profession‘, ‘information sector‘, ‘information discipline‘ and ‘information education‘.
Recommendation 2: It is recommended that a self-directed body composed of information educators be established to promote, support and lead excellence in teaching and research within the information discipline.
Recommendation 3: It is recommended that Australia‘s information discipline continue to develop excellence in information research that will raise the discipline‘s profile and contribute to its prominence within the national and international arena.
Recommendation 4: It is recommended that further research examining the nature and context of Australia‘s information education programs be undertaken to ensure a sustainable and relevant future for the discipline.
Recommendation 5: It is recommended that further research examining the pathways and qualifications available for entry into the Australian information sector be undertaken to ensure relevance, attractiveness, accessibility and transparency.
Recommendation 6: It is recommended that strategies are developed and implemented to ensure the sustainability of the workforce of information educators.
Recommendation 7: It is recommended that a national approach to promoting and marketing the information profession and thereby attracting more students to the field is developed.
Recommendation 8: It is recommended that Australia‘s information discipline
continues to support a culture of quality teaching and learning, especially given the need to accommodate a focus on the broader information landscape and more flexible delivery options.
Recommendation 9: It is recommended that strategies are developed that will support and encourage collaboration between information education within the higher education and VET sectors.
Recommendation 10: It is recommended that strategies and forums are developed that will support the information sector working together to conceptualise and articulate their professional identity and educational needs.
Recommendation 11: It is recommended that a research agenda be established that will identify and prioritise areas in which further development or work is needed to continue advancing information education in Australia.