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Courses Mapped to 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

For the benefit for members, courses, study programs or professional development events are compared to the competency areas which are covered, and details of the courses are discussed.

Joint Collaboration Conference 2014: Collaboration

11th Health Libraries Inc. Conference combined with Health Libraries Australia (ALIA) PD Day, held 19 September 2014 at State Library of Victoria, Swanston St, Melbourne. Featuring presentations:

  • Part of the Team: A collaborative effort to conduct an Audit of Disability Research in Australia.
  • Vendor panel presentations – Vendor insights into collaborations in the information industry.
  • Integrating a librarian into hospital-based research office and tertiary academic facility (education).
  • Supporting a Bachelor of Nursing Program in a Sydney Teaching Hospital: an enduring library partnership.
  • Collaboration: is it a mindset, a skill or just the latest fad? And why should librarians be embracing it?
  • Collaborating for patient information: A Macquarie University Library initiative.
  • Health Talks @ Your Library: a health literacy initiative.
  • A Shared Language? – the who, what, and why of health library use.
  • Collaborating across health service boundaries.


Twila Ann Janssen Herr Research Award

The Twila Ann Janssen Herr Award is a biennial award of up to $5000 that aims to provide an early career LIS practitioner with the opportunity to research or undertake a project in the area of library and information services for people with a disability.
The document outlines frequently asked questions regarding the terms of the Twila Ann Janssen Herr Award.

ALIA Schools PD 2012: Learning in a changing world - iPad case study

ALIA Schools Professional Development Seminar, 2 June 2012: Learning in a changing world - curriculum integration 
Learning in a changing world is a series of five books prepared by ALIA & ASLA published by ACER to support teacher librarians and school libraries in the 21st century. This series will be the focus for professional learning during 2012.
The seminar is for primary and secondary teacher librarians and others who are responsible for school library services. This document supports the session on the SAMR method and an iPad case study in schools.


IFLA Australian Caucus Terms of Reference

The role of the IFLA Australian caucus is to provide:

  • networking opportunities for Australian participants at WLIC
  • information on Australian participants’ roles in IFLA
  • an opportunity to meet the IFLA President / President elect
  • formal opportunity to hear about IFLA strategic issues from GB members, Division Chairs, Section Chairs
  • encouragement for people to stand for committees.

The Australian caucus sets out to achieve a greater awareness of IFLA in Australia and the work that IFLA does as the global voice of libraries. 
This document establishes the role and purpose, membership, responsibilities and meetings for the IFLA Australian caucus.

2019 Information Awareness Month: Many voices, one message

On 1 May 2019, 60 people joined professional associations and industry leaders at the University of Canberra for discussions on contemporary information and data management trends and challenges. The event also launched Information Awareness Month for 2019 with the theme ‘Innovation with Information’.
The document summarises discussions and key themes presented by Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia, Australian Library and Information Association, Australian Society of Archivists and Data Management Association Australia.

ALIA Student Award

The Association provides an award to recognise the highest achieving graduating student in every ALIA Accredited librarianship and library technician course, as a means of rewarding excellence.
Educators should complete the application form four weeks before a graduation ceremony or conferring in absentia and email it to

Creative industry letter to the Prime Minister, ministers and lord mayors on COVID-19 action

Open letter published on Thursday 26 March 2020 petitions Prime Minister, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Michael McCormack MP to provide additional support to creative industries in Australia in response to impacts of COVID-19.
Cosigned by ALIA alongside Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia, All Conference, APRA AMCOS, Art on the Move, artisan, Artists’ Benevolent Fund, Arts Industry Council of SA, Arts Industry Council of Victoria, Association of Artist Managers, Ausdance National, Australian Craft and Design Centres, Australian Design Centre, Australian Festivals Association, Australian Independent, Record Labels Association, Australian Museums & Galleries Association, Australian Music Industry Network, Australian Network for Art and Technology, Australian Society of Authors, BlakDance, Canberra Glassworks, Central Craft, The Childers Group, Craft Victoria, CrewCare, Design Tasmania, Diversity Arts Australia, GalleriesWest, Guildhouse, Ilbijerri, JamFactory Contemporary, Craft and Design, Live Music Office, Moogahlin, Music Australia, National Association for the Visual Arts, National Writers Centre Network, Performing Arts Connections Australia, Public Galleries Queensland, Regional Arts Australia, Screen Producers Australia, SupportAct, Theatre Network Australia, Writers SA, Writing NSW, Writing WA, Yirra Yaakin.

Policies and Procedures in Australian School Library Resource Centres: Template

A template document for the Manual for developing policies and procedures for Australian school library resource centres that can be used to update or prepare your own school library copy. Its aim is to develop the policies and document the procedures that are essential for exemplary management practices. The implementation of these policies and procedures will ensure that there is equitable access to resources for all users. A school library resource centre that is well managed is in the best possible position to offer the range of library programmes and services that are essential to the endeavours of the school community.
The Manual contains nine sections, a glossary, references and appendices. Each section comprises two parts, that for the policy and the second for its procedures. There are two versions of the Manual, one that includes images and one that is text only. 

Mapping of TAFE Libraries: Updated 2021

The VET Libraries Advisory Committee advises the ALIA Board of Directors on the development of a strategic program for members working in vocational libraries or with interests in vocational librarianship. 
The document records institutions, contacts and participation in the National Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme among vocational libraries.
This document is superceded by: "Mapping of TAFE Libraries: Updated 2023"

Share Your Stories With the World: Victorian public libraries and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Public libraries are highly regarded institutions and leaders in the community, with significant influence on local government. The purpose of this report is to support leaders in the Victorian library sector to leverage their relationship with local government and policy makers; and to share their stories and contribute to federal reporting on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).