Public library staff and professional development: an exploratory study

The study Public library staff and professional development: an exploratory study is a collaborative project involving researchers from San Jose State University and the University of Southern Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association.

About the project

The aim of this project is to explore the professional development experiences and needs of public library staff across Australia. The outcomes of this project will – for the first time – establish national-level data to provide an evidence base about professional development in the public library sector in Australia. This empirical evidence base will provide a foundation from which a professional development framework for public library staff can be developed.

Interviews will be conducted using Narrative Inquiry as the overarching methodology. Interviews will explore the learning experiences of public library staff from across Australia. Interviews will be open-ended and semi-structured.

Participate in this research

Recruitment for interviews will commence shortly. Express your interest in participating in an interview by contacting Dr Michael Stephens (

The project team

Dr Michael Stephens
School of Information
San Jose State University

Professor Helen Partridge
Pro Vice Chancellor (Education)
University of Southern Queensland

Dr Kate Davis
Senior Research Fellow
Digital Life Lab
University of Southern Queensland

Further information

For more information about the project, please contact the research team.