Australian Library and Information Association

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Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
Founded 1937
Area served
Australian librarians, library technicians, libraries and related organisations
Key people
Patricia Genat (2016-17 President), Sue McKerracher (Chief Executive Officer).
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The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the peak professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.


In August 1937 fifty-five librarians meeting at the Albert Hall in Canberra formed the Australian Institute of Librarians, the foundation president was William H. Ifould the Principal Librarian at the Public Library of New South Wales.[1][2] John Metcalfe, Deputy Principal Librarian at the Public Library of New South Wales was the first honorary general secretary and drafted much of the original constitution.[3][4]

Group photograph of the delegates attending the Australian Institute of Librarians' inaugural meeting at Canberra, August 20, 1937.

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 its 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), and inCite, their monthly news magazine to members. Previously, ALIA published AARL (Australian Academic & Research Libraries) from 1970 to 2016.[5] 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.


ALIA hosts a number of conferences which are rotated around Australia and New Zealand including:[6]

  • ALIA Information Online Conference[7]
  • ALIA National Conference[8]
  • ALIA New Librarians' Symposium[9]
  • ALIA National Library and Information Technicians' Symposium[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "LIBRARIANS.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. 21 August 1937. p. 2. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "LIBRARIANS' INSTITUTE.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954). Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 23 August 1937. p. 8 Edition: LATE NEWS EDITION and DAILY. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Australian Library History Conference (9th : 2009 : Prahan, Vic.); McMullin, B. J. (Brian John) (2010), Collections, characters and communities : the shaping of libraries in Australia and New Zealand, Australian Scholarly Publishing, ISBN 978-1-921509-61-2 
  4. ^ Whyte, Jean P. (Jean Primrose); Jones, David J. (David John), 1946- (2007), Uniting a profession : the Australian Institute of Librarians 1937-1949, Australian Library and Information Association, ISBN 978-0-86804-565-8 
  5. ^ "Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) | Australian Library and Information Association". Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Australian Libraries and Information Association". Conferences & Summits. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Conferences and summits". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Conferences & Summits". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Conferences, symposiums and summits". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  10. ^ "National Library and Information Technicians Symposium 2017". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Browne, Mairéad (February 1999). "Threat or promise? The information society and the information profession". The Australian Library Journal. 48 (1): 17–32. 

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