Professional development

Professional development for library and information professionals

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recognises that the dynamic and changing library and information environment demands that library and information professionals continue to develop and broaden their knowledge and skills so that they can anticipate and respond to the needs of clients, organisations and society.
ALIA supports library and information professionals to engage in formal and informal learning experiences through the ALIA PD Scheme, ALIA Mentoring Scheme, ALIA conferences, symposia, events, forums and training.

ALIA HLA competencies

This document identifies and describes the ALIA Health Libraries Australia (ALIA HLA) eight competency areas. Health librarians, from novice to expert, need a basic understanding of each competency area:

  1. The health environment
  2. Reference and research services
  3. Resources
  4. Leadership and management
  5. Digital, ehealth and technology
  6. Health literacy and teaching
  7. Health research
  8. Professionalism


Job redesign: building staff capabilities for libraries of the future [slides]

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the paper which shares the experience of ongoing job redesign efforts by the Public Libraries of the National Library Board Singapore (NLB).
The impetus for job redesign arises from the need to build a responsive future ready workforce, competent in both functional and professional skills to deliver the Smart Libraries of the Future. NLB’s aim is to develop a future ready work force through:


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