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Statement on public library services

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) supports freedom of access to public library and information services to enable all community members to participate and contribute to society, to actively contribute to social inclusion, and to enable people to contribute to the economic wellbing of their famiies and the nation.
This document highlights the diversity of public library services. They support literacy and reading for pleasure; lifelong learning; arts, culture and local heritage; cybersafety and digital inclusion. They promote the work of Australian writers and creators; provide safe spaces for meetings, study, work and relaxation; ensure that people have freedom of access to the information they need for personal development, health, wellbeing and active participation in our democratic society, and help people connect with egovernment.

Statement on preservation: the permanence and durability of information products

Libraries and information services have a fundamental concern in the preservation of information contained in the published and documentary record in order to ensure enduring access. The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is committed to the preservation of the published and documentary record in all formats, and to providing enduring access to information.
Its commitment is implemented by fostering and supporting collaboration among libraries and information services to ensure the preservation of, and access to, these records. ALIA supports new applications of technology following extensive testing which offer opportunities and tools for meeting the preservation obligation.

Statement on libraries and literacies

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) believes that:

  • Libraries are lifelong learning centres with education as an essential part of their mission and should acknowledge their responsibility for supporting and supplementing education within their communities, in a variety of formal and informal as well as cultural contexts.
  • Libraries must actively commit time and resources to coordinating literacy activities at all levels and to promote literacy among all members of their community, users and non-users alike.
  • Libraries are part of the solution to many community problems. Libraries help children and adults become literate, productive citizens and help people of all ages lead more satisfying lives.

ALIA on online content regulation

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) statement on the right of all library users to access information, materials, content and services.
Libraries and information services proactively promote and facilitate responsible access to quality networked information for all, including children and young people. They enable library users to learn to use the internet and electronic information efficiently and effectively.

Statement on voluntary work in library and information services

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recognises that library services can be enhanced by well supported volunteers, and providing volunteers with meaningful community roles is a legitimate function of a public library service.
Use of volunteers in library and information services for specific purposes is acceptable but must never compromise the quality of service provision, nor replace paid employment in any way.

Guidelines for Australian home library services

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) supports social inclusion and asserts that all Australians should therefore have access to the resources and services of a public library, regardless of their circumstances. Home library services exist to provide services to users who - through reasons including disability, illness and limited mobility - are unable to access public libraries in person.
These guidelines are intended to be used in establishing, providing and evaluating a home library service of a public library. Parts of these guidelines may also be relevant to other libraries, including special libraries, which provide home-based library services.

Guidelines on dispersal of collections in government agency libraries

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recognises that government agency libraries frequently hold collections of long-term significance for Australian heritage and research. These guidelines are intended for all Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies, as a guide to what to do in situations where agency libraries plan to dispose of material. The guidelines provide for the orderly disposal of library collections when the parent organisation has decided not to retain them. Such circumstances may arise where a government library is closed, merged with another library, moved to another location, or where a library is reduced in size or scope.

Libraries and privacy guidelines

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recognises that many Australian libraries are developing, or have developed, a privacy policy, which they publicise to their user community. These guidelines are intended to assist libraries to develop policies and practices which will enable them to comply with privacy codes, principles and related legislation. It is not intended that they should replace the obtaining of formal legal advice. Libraries may therefore also wish to seek advice from their organisation's legal advisers and lawyers, depending upon their circumstances.

INCITE: July/August 2021

INCITE: The magazine for library and information professionals - July/August 2021 Volume 42 Issue 4
Contents: From the President -- From the CEO -- Celebrating books at the ABIAs -- Library and Information Week 2021: Newcastle Libraries Humble Lecture -- Exploring stories that matter -- If you go out on the Quad today -- Creating curious kids -- Data for advocacy -- Public libraries, public good -- The best fit for the job -- Professional Pathways update -- Easy as 1 2 3 -- News from the States and Territories -- From space, everybody can hear you read -- I believe -- Let's talk: Theological libraries -- Building the Christian library -- An exceptional school library -- Angaza Beyond -- Shouting from the rooftops -- What do I believe? -- Try this.

Workforce diversity: digital INCITE supplement - July/August 2021

INCITE: The magazine for library and information professionals - July/August 2021 Volume 42 Issue 4 (supplement)
Contents: Introduction -- LIS Workforce Diversity Survey results -- Painting a picture about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island employment in Australian libraries -- Acknowledging, valuing and making space for diversity in LIS education at the University of South Australia -- Jumping hurdles: hurdle wording and hiring for diversity and inclusion -- Connecting personally to Culturally Safe Libraries -- Not your average public library -- Undertaking inclusive employment -- Trainee Library Officers and Workplace Diversity -- Better reflecting the community we serve.

Sustainable Development Goals: template for public libraries

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), through the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), has identified the need for an easy way for library services to identify, collate and report on the activities which contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This template identifies the 10 goals that are most appropriate to Australian libraries and provides ideas for the kinds of content under each goal.

Executive Statement of Support to Health Libraries and Health Library Workers

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Health Libraries Australia Executive (HLA) along with the ALIA Board of Directors supports the safety and well-being of library workers and the health sciences communities. The Executive advocates for the safety of members, colleagues, health care workers, and the general public in the continuing provision of information services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International health library associations urge the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to seek information specialists as peer reviewers for knowledge synthesis publications

International health library associations encourage journal editors, through the International Commitee of Medical Journal Editors, to actively seek information specialists as peer reviewers for knowledge synthesis publications and to advocate for the recognition of their methodological expertise.

Creating the health librarian professional workforce for the future

ALIA Universities and Research Libraries (URLs) ACT and Australian Government Libraries Information Network (AGLIN) ACT Seminar, 9 September 2015 Canberra: change, challenges and opportunities - recasting your library skills
The ALIA URL group provides a networking and information-sharing forum for all levels of library staff interested in issues and trends affecting the development of university and research libraries. 
This seminar presentation investigates the future skills and competencies required by health librarians.

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)/Health Libraries Australia (HLA) Competencies Review

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

The competencies review compares the ALIA HLA Competencies 2018 to equivalent standards by relevant organisations.

Health Libraries Australia Professional Development Day 2013 ‘The Value Proposition’

ALIA HLA professional development day, 'The Value Proposition' held in 2013. Featuring presentations addressing:

  • Research into our services and skills.
  • Search skills of health librarians – how do we measure up?
  • One tribe- many tribes? Mapping the boundaries and our population. Workforce, place, role, the HLA census.
  • Marketing health librarianship as a profession. Adding value to health librarians' professional role: HLA research into education and workforce needs, and the launch of the PD health specialisation.
  • ePortfolios to support PD.
  • 2012 HLA/HCN Award winner from CareSearch (Palliative Care Knowledge Network) – search filter development and the implications for practice.
  • eResearch@Flinders: reusing librarians’ skills for a new area of service delivery.
  • Single click results- aiding access to clinical information.

Health Libraries Australia Professional Development Day 2016: Innovation for enhancing library value

ALIA HLA professional development day, held 18 July 2016 at Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, Sydney. Featuring presentations:

  • Captivating your audience: using eLearning software for the creation of learning objects.
  • Trello? Can you hear me? Enabling enhanced communication for library staff through a cloud-based application.
  • Chimps Dreaming: utilising free email and a web editor to customise eTOC delivery for time-poor clients.
  • Hi! I need to find a photo: health libraries and hospital history.
  • From Repository to TROVE.
  • Putting patrons in the driving seat: implementing e-books at The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.
  • There’s a guide for that! Using LibGuides at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.
  • Anne Harrison Award.
  • Launch – Health Libraries Australia Archive.
  • HLA/Medical Director Health Informatics Innovation Award.
  • ALIA PD Scheme Health Specialisation: presentation of certificates to Certified Professionals (Health).
  • The tree of collaboration: getting to the roots of conducting a collaborative health research project.
  • Common (and curly) questions about sharing health data.



Health Libraries Australia Professional Development Days 2017: Reviews

ALIA HLA professional development day, held 13 - 14 July 2017 at Building 410, Medical School, Curtin University, Kent St, Bentley. Featuring presentations:

  • Which review is right for you? Scoping the scope of an evidence synthesis.
  • A Librarian’s experience searching for evidence for the Western Australian Group for Evidence Informed Healthcare Practice WAGEIHP.
  • Creating sustainable and engaging partnerships.
  • Systematic support for systematic reviews: supplementing research consultations with workshops and online tools.
  • Systematic overflow: a matrix-like toolkit for sustainable support for Systematic and Systematic-Like Reviews.
  • Managing Systematic Review Search Results using EndNote.
  • HLA/Medical Director Health Informatics Innovation Award.
  • ALIA Fellowship award.
  • ALIA PD Scheme Health Specialisation: presentation of certificates to Certified Professionals (Health).
  • Gold sponsor presentations.
  • Defining Scope: More than Bibliometric Measures (filter for integrated care).
  • Stretching past our roles, building and developing true partnerships.
  • Differences in MeSH mapping between Ovid Medline and Ebsco Medline.
  • Using text-mining tools for search filter development and designing search strategies.
  • PubMed searching for systematic reviews – advanced concepts.
  • Recent changes to PubMed.
  • Searching for grey literature.
  • Top 10 Medical and Health Research Data Things.




Health Libraries Australia Professional Development Day 2018: Contemporary and future issues – what’s new, exciting and/or controversial?

ALIA HLA professional development day, held 19 July 2018 at Kolling Building auditorium, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. Featuring presentations:

  • Keynote address: To be or not to be … the prospects for an Australasia PMC.
  • Development of a new business model to support collaborative digital services - what does this mean for health libraries?
  • ShareIt - Future Directions for Collections and Practice in Inter-library loans and Document Delivery.
  • Mediated searches save clinicians’ time – the evidence.
  • Video presentation - Putting a dollar value on your training and research services.
  • The Polyglot Search Translator (PST): Evaluation of a tool for improving searching in systematic reviews: a randomized crossover trial.
  • Literature Search Service Level Agreement…where it can take you…
  • Information sources in indigenous health.
  • Award Presentations.
  • Integrated Care Search: Fast and Reliable Access to Integrated Care Research.
  • Topic search filters: a systematic scoping review: A report on 2016 Anne Harrison Award project outcomes.
  • Changing role of the academic health sciences librarian.
  • Not just the usual performance metrics at NSLHD Library Service.
  • When less means more: Improving information access through “Medicine Quick Links”.
  • #RACSLibrary - Involvement in Social Surgeons Strategies at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • HLA projects quick reports and Health Librarianship Strategic Directions 2020-25 – facilitated by Gemma Siemensma.