There are five types of Indigenous identified classification that should occur in information institutions:
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Librarian / Archivist (AO4-PO2): A mainstream librarian who is either an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. A position that does general reference desk and administrative duties that is not related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.
Indigenous librarian / Archivist (AO5/6 – PO3 – 4): A specialist librarian who understand the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection of the institute.
In a museum
The position varies in accordance with the information system used and the size of the collection. For example, a PO3 would deal with the basic community public libraries, while a PO4 would deal with client services in a larger universal institution that hold large information and has a range of clients that will be asking complex questions.
This position needs to be held in the mainstream division with specific goals to achieve, as this position can be abused by Migaloo managers who seek Indigenous staff expertise in developing and progressing programs outcomes, while rejecting recognition for these same staff experiences when they seeking promotional positions.
Indigenous Information Specialist (AO7 – PO5): A person that has tertiary with client service and content development experience to direct major state libraries with delivery issues of Indigenous information, build collections, create programs and mentor staff.
This position is about changing attitude in the management team. A profession with experience in the Institutions core-business stream that will be present alternative options to the status quo based on facts and prototypes. An Indigenous party that would be given a voice that can ask question as to why changes are not occurring and provide statistical feedback on what is really occurring rather then spouting out “Because that’s the way we have always done it”..
Indigenous Executive Manager ( AO8 – PO6): A professional leadership position that would require the candidate to understand their information institutions core-business role in order to champion strategic outcomes for a division.
Indigenous Senior Officer (SO2): A professional leadership position that units and works between outside the institution to share the responsibilities and financial burden to progress Queensland government Public Services values and policies concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A position that enforces institutional structure changes and includes other Gallery, Libraries, Archives and Museum (GLAM) institutions core-business responsibility and specialities, rather then duplicating them in their institutions, eg the State Libraries art collection that is never on display due to preservation restrictions, while within walking distance of either side of this building is the Queensland State Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
However before handing this material over a negotiation that all images of this collection and other collection relevant to Queensland Memory be digitised, have informative description on copyright, location of original work, artist biography, to be added onto the Library Catalogue for clients to easily view in suburban and remote location. Which is the library field of speciality.
Rather then have the “Artist Book” collection in Queensland Memory only on display during White-Gloves visits, for a minimum group of people, this collection could be a month long display in GOMA, for a larger audience. Which should be digitally captured via google for remote areas to go online to visually experience visiting GOMA and Digitally captured by the library to present informative summary on the One Search library catalogue about the artist, meaning behind the artwork and location of material if it is an Indigenous work relevant to a specific clan.
A position that will require the candidate to compete with unconscious biases (https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/unconscious-biases) with a logical understanding of the systems, the institution’s core-business role and with researching skills to provide statistical feedback on what is occurring.