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ALIA submission in response to the Australian Government Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education, July 2016

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education discussion. In this submission, ALIA makes seven recommendations in the areas of:

  • Opportunity and choice
  • Postgraduate places to support innovation
  • Supporting the regional presence of universities
  • Excellence and quality
  • An affordable loan scheme

AGLIN Commonwealth Government Agency Libraries Review: Stage 2 Report

In 2015, the Executive of the Australian Government Libraries and Information Network (AGLIN) commissioned a study into Commonwealth Government library and research services. Following a literature review discussing the issues and challenges facing contemporary government information services (Hallam & Faraker, 2016), relevant organisational data about the individual services was collected through an online service, and library staff shared their views and insights in a series of focus groups. The research findings were presented in an Options Paper, which outlined four potential models for service delivery the government library and information services (Hallam, 2016).
 
One major limitation with the initial research project was noted: the timing of the study, late in the year, meant that it was not possible to involve senior members of the Australian Public Service in the study. The Stage 2 project, Consultation with Senior Executives and Policy Managers in Government Agencies, seeks to address these shortcomings. The value of the study lies in engaging the research subjects in discussions about the future of library and information services to support government staff working in research, policy and regulatory agencies.

ALIA Research Grant Award: Quarterly report template

Research grants of up to $5000 are offered by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). The Research Grant Award is open to library practitioners and early career LIS researchers who are Members of ALIA. 
The purpose of the award is to enable the recipient to undertake a research program on a selected library or information issue of present and future relevance to the development and improvement of library and information services in Australia.
This document provides a template for recipients of the Research Grant Award to complete for quarterly reporting to ALIA.
 

Academic librarian competencies model (ALCM): recognising skills and identifying gaps

National 2016 Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead.
 
[Peer reviewed] This conference paper puts forward the Academic Librarian Competencies Model (ALCM) based on the findings of a single-workplace study which explores the approaches and tools Early Career Librarians (ECLs) can utilise to equip themselves with the necessary skills and capabilities to determine their own professional development.
 
The authors are ECLs, working as members of Monash University Library’s (MUL) Research and Learning team. This team’s mandate is to ensure students develop the required research and academic writing skills for success both while at university, and in the workforce. The library as a professional environment is on the cusp of pivotal change with baby boomer employees approaching retirement age.
 
With this change comes the threat of a loss of knowledge, with outgoing staff potentially taking skills with them before ECLs have had a chance to recognise and work towards developing these skills for themselves.To address this issue, this paper discusses the adaption of the Work Skill Development (WSD) Framework (Bandaranaike & Willison, 2009), and the Chartered Institution of Library and Information Professionals’ (CILIP) Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) self-assessment tool (CILIP, 2014). Through the adaptation of these two generic frameworks, the authors have created ALCM which is specific to those working in the academic library sector, and allows ECLs in particular to map their existing capabilities against the skills necessary for professional development.
 

ALIA guidelines for industry placement: Diploma of Library and Information Services

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has had requests for more detail on industry placement processes by some educators seeking guidance on best practice principles in industry placements. This document provides best practice guidelines for organising industry placements.
 
An industry placement provides an opportunity for students undertaking an ALIA accredited course to apply library and information science (LIS) theory and skills in an appropriately supervised practical professional industry environment. Professional experience is an essential requirement for students undertaking an ALIA accredited course at the diploma level. It is an expectation that every student graduating from an ALIA accredited course has completed the minimum industry placement at an appropriate professional level. Industry placement is not an opportunity for a host organisation to acquire free labour but an opportunity for the host to support the next generation of LIS professionals gain valuable professional experience. An industry placement is also different from a student volunteering for an organisation as an industry placement is formally and legally linked to the education provider and is an assessable part of an ALIA accredited course.
 

This document is superceded by "ALIA Guidelines for Industry Placement: Diploma of Library and Information Services" (2023)

ALIA Professional Pathways: School Libraries Research Project Report

As part of the Professional Pathways Initiative, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) commissioned research in November 2021 to address the specialised needs of school libraries within the context of ALIA’s vision for developing a professional pathways framework.
 
The purpose of this project was to ensure that library and information professionals working in school libraries are clearly differentiated, appropriately qualified through relevant, contemporary course content, and able to access appropriate and recognised continuing professional development wherever they are in Australia, through their state association and through national providers.
 
The School Libraries Research Project Report addresses the nature and demographics of employee groups in Australian school libraries; existing qualifications and education pathways; the knowledge, skills, and competencies required of school library employees; ethics and professionalism within the context of school libraries; and continuing professional development. It concludes with a summary of key findings and a set of five recommendations.
 

ALIA national 2016 conference program

National 2016 Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead
 
ALIA National Conference provides the platform as a meeting point for all Library and Information professionals, from all sectors and all areas of Australia and the international community. 
 
 

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ALIA International Affairs Advisory Committee report on involvement in international activities

In 2017 the ALIA International Relations Advisory Committee was formed to advise the ALIA Board on issues related to international affairs, advocate on the benefits both for individuals and the Association in international engagement, encourage international collaboration and sharing of ideas and build awareness within the Australian library community of involvement in various international initiatives. 
 
This brief report provides an update of international activities as of January 2018.
 

ALIA Research Grant: Ethics application form

It is the responsibility of the researcher and ALIA to ensure that any research funded by the Association meets national ethical guidelines.
This form should be completed by ALIA research grant holders. 
This form has three sections:
SECTION 1: Form (to be completed by applicant)
SECTION 2: Ethical issues checklist for research involving humans (to be completed by applicant)
SECTION 3: To be completed by ALIA research ethics coordinator/reviewer
 

Academic Librarian Competencies Model (ALCM): recognising skills and identifying gaps

National 2016 Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead
 
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) puts forward the Academic Librarian Competencies Model (ALCM) based on the findings of a single-workplace study which explores the approaches and tools Early Career Librarians (ECLs) can utilise to equip themselves with the necessary skills and capabilities to determine their own professional development.
 
The authors are ECLs, working as members of Monash University Library’s (MUL) Research and Learning team. This team’s mandate is to ensure students develop the required research and academic writing skills for success both while at university, and in the workforce. The library as a professional environment is on the cusp of pivotal change with baby boomer employees approaching retirement age.
 
With this change comes the threat of a loss of knowledge, with outgoing staff potentially taking skills with them before ECLs have had a chance to recognise and work towards developing these skills for themselves.To address this issue, this paper discusses the adaption of the Work Skill Development (WSD) Framework (Bandaranaike & Willison, 2009), and the Chartered Institution of Library and Information Professionals’ (CILIP) Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) self-assessment tool (CILIP, 2014). Through the adaptation of these two generic frameworks, the authors have created ALCM which is specific to those working in the academic library sector, and allows ECLs in particular to map their existing capabilities against the skills necessary for professional development.
 

ALIA submission in response to the Productivity Commission issues paper ‘The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health’, April 2019

Public libraries across Australia provide and facilitate invaluable, community-focused workshops and programs for people with, or at risk of developing, mental ill-health. We provide information, raise awareness and aim to help remove any stigma from mental health issues. Hospital libraries, in addition to providing evidence-based information about mental health, are involved with work-based mental health programs, supporting health professionals for whom it is essential to care first for themselves, before being able to care for others. As libraries provide this ad hoc support for library patrons it often falls on individual libraries to train their staff in mental health first aid. Additionally, as reading plays an important role in maintaining good mental health, by allowing people to explore other places, times, people, situations, and look for meaning in their own lives, the role that libraries in providing access to books cannot be undervalued.
 
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recommends that there be more formal support and funding for libraries to facilitate this support, starting with a pilot scheme. Funding for a pilot of a more ‘joined up’ approach between existing service providers would demonstrate how libraries, in partnership with case workers, could assist those suffering metal illness to be safe and utilise these welcoming and supportive community spaces. The introduction of more consistent and formalised funding to enable public libraries and hospital libraries to run the programs and workplace initiatives described in this submission is critical to ensure that libraries can continue to provide these services.
 
ALIA, ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance and ALIA Health Libraries Australia would welcome the opportunity to engage in discussions with the Productivity Commission about the points raised in this submission.
 

ALIA Silver Pin

The ALIA Silver Pin is available to personal member who has served a minimum of five terms (five years) or more on ALIA group committees (including special interest groups, ALIA Board advisory groups, ALIA conference committees, or as the ALIA representative on external committees) or any ALIA Member who has made a significant contribution the Association, considered to be the equivalent of a five-year commitment.
This document is an application form for nomination or self-nomination for receival of the ALIA Silver Pin.

ALIA Professional Pathways in school libraries project [slides]

This seminar presentation (PowerPoint slides), presents a summary of the School Libraries Research Project conducted by Dr Lyn Hay for the ALIA Professional Pathways Project. This includes an overview of the project itself and key findings relating to school library and employee demographics; school library positions and roles; qualifications and qualification pathways.
 
As part of the Professional Pathways Initiative, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) commissioned research in November 2021 to address the specialised needs of school libraries within the context of ALIA’s vision for developing a professional pathways framework.
 
The purpose of this project was to ensure that library and information professionals working in school libraries are clearly differentiated, appropriately qualified through relevant, contemporary course content, and able to access appropriate and recognised continuing professional development wherever they are in Australia, through their state association and through national providers.
 
The School Libraries Research Project Report addresses the nature and demographics of employee groups in Australian school libraries; existing qualifications and education pathways; the knowledge, skills, and competencies required of school library employees; ethics and professionalism within the context of school libraries; and continuing professional development. It concludes with a summary of key findings and a set of five recommendations.
 

ALIA URLs: strange bedfellows - partnerships and collaborations in the age of digital disruption seminar program

ALIA Universities and Research Libraries (URLs) ACT, 14 September 2017 Canberra: Strange bedfellows - partnerships and collaborations in the age of digital disruption
 
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 provides an insight into the ways information professionals in academic and research institutions are working with a broad range of partners to apply their skills in new and creative ways to demonstrate value and impact, curating research data, managing repositories and building online collections. 

An all access pass to Mandurah libraries: intergenerational activities, story dogs and a dementia friendly service [video]

ALIA New Librarians' Symposium 9 (NLS9), 5-7 July 2019 Adelaide: collaborate deviate innovate
 
Recording (MP4 audiovisual) of session on the creative and accessible library services at Mandurah Libraries in Western Australia. Programs offered include storytime, craft activities, treasure hunts, morning tea and musical bingo.

An enterprise approach to research outputs collection, management and reporting at the University of South Australia: collaborating to innovate [slides]

ALIA Universities and Research Libraries (URLs) ACT, 14 September 2017 Canberra: Strange bedfellows - partnerships and collaborations in the age of digital disruption
 
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 (PowerPoint slides) supports a session relating to the management of research data at the University of South Australia library.

ALIA core values policy statement

A thriving culture, economy, environment and democracy requires the free flow of information and ideas. Australia's library and information services are fundamental to the free flow of information and ideas and a legacy to each generation, conveying the knowledge of the past and the promise of the future.
 
Library and information services professionals commit themselves to the ten core values of their profession as described in the Australian Library and Information Association values statement.
 
This document is superceded by ALIA core values policy statement (2024)

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