Australian Library and Information Association
|Key people||Julie Rae (2013-2014 President), Sue McKerracher (Executive Director).|
|Area served||Australian librarians, library technicians, libraries and related organisations|
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the peak professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.
Established in 1937 as the Australian Institute of Librarians, the Association assumed the title of the Library Association of Australia in 1949, and in 1989 adopted the new name of the Australian Library and Information Association in recognition of the broadening scope of the profession.
The Association is governed by a Constitution and is guided by a vision, mission, objects and values. Their policy statements are developed by an elected Board of Directors and implemented by the ALIA National Office.
Membership of ALIA is open to individuals and organisations alike: the only membership requirement is an interest in the sector. Members of ALIA can belong to as many groups as they wish. These groups actively participate in Association activities.
ALIA Awards, national and regional, are presented each year to reward members of the library and information community and to celebrate their achievements.
ALIA publishes several journals, including ALJ (the Australian Library Journal), AARL (Australian Academic & Research Libraries) and inCite, their monthly news magazine to members. Selected articles from these journals are available on the ALIA website.
ALIA National Office staff are based in ALIA House in the nation's capital, Canberra.
Browne, Mairéad (February 1999). "Threat or promise? The information society and the information profession". The Australian Library Journal 48 (1): 17–32.