About

Welcome to the ALIA Library (formerly known as READ ALIA). Here you will find conference papers, reports, surveys, standards, guidelines and other information produced by the Association to support the work of library and information professionals in Australia and around the world.
 
Launched at the ALIA National Conference in August 2016, the library continues to be a work in progress, so you won’t find everything we have ever produced, but there are documents dating back to the 1970s as well as “born digital” materials from the 1990s onwards. We will be adding content to the repository on a regular basis.
 
While many of the historic documents will be described as ©ALIA, recently we have taken a Creative Commons approach. This supports the ALIA open access statement by promoting “enquirythe free flow of information and ideas through open access to recorded knowledge, information and creative works”. If you have any queries about the copyright license for particular documents located in the repository, please contact us through enquiry@alia.org.au and we will be happy to help.
 
Records have been created using the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, the internationally recognised standard of 15 elements which describes each item.  Resource Description and Access (RDA), the descriptive cataloguing standard has been applied to ensure consistency. Further information about the benefits of using RDA can be found on the Libraries Australia website. Subject headings have been selected from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and the Australian Extension to LCSH to ensure a controlled vocabulary.
 
Resources can be found using a keyword or advanced search or by subject if you have a particular topic in mind.  Some records have a link to Trove where you can find further information and library holdings.
 
Please explore the ALIA Library and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for ways we could improve it. Contact us through enquiry@alia.org.au.