Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), formerly the Australian Institute of Librarians and Library Association of Australia, is the peak professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. Founded in 1937, its headquarters are in Canberra.

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
ALIA-Logo-1.jpg
Founded1937
Location
Area served
Australian librarians, library technicians, libraries and related organisations
Key people
Viv Barton (2020–21 President), Sue McKerracher (CEO).
Websitealia.org.au

ALIA publishes a quarterly scholarly journal, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, and a bimonthly news magazine for members, INCITE. The Association hosts a number of conferences which take place at different places around Australia

HistoryEdit

On 20 August 1937, a meeting of 55 librarians at the Albert Hall in Canberra formed the Australian Institute of Librarians. The foundation president was William Herbert 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, 20 August 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.[5]

The Archives section, which had existed between 1951 and 1973, became the Australian Society of Archivists in 1975.[6]

Governance and descriptionEdit

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.

ALIA National Office staff are based in ALIA House in the nation's capital, Canberra.

Membership and activitiesEdit

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.

PublicationsEdit

  • Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA), a quarterly scholarly journal, named as of Volume 66, Issue 1, 2017; a merger of the Australian Library Journal (ALJ) (1951 to 2016), and Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) (1970 to 2016).[7][8][9]
  • INCITE (also styled Incite,[10] inCite[11] and InCite), a news magazine for members, published six times a year as of 2021,[12] (formerly 12-20 times a year). It was first published in January 1980.[10] Issues dating from Volume 33, issue 1/2 (January/February 2012) are available via National edeposit,[13] Issues from 1980 to 2016 are available as scanned electronic versions on AustLII,[11] and many back issues (until 2020, as of March 2021) are also on the Informit database.[14] Since 2018, some whole issues of INCITE are produced in a freely available digital-only format each year, with one article from each print issue also freely available online, on the ALIA website.[12]

ConferencesEdit

ALIA hosts a number of conferences which are rotated around Australia:[15]

  • ALIA Information Online Conference[16]
  • ALIA National Conference[17]
  • ALIA New Librarians' Symposium[18]
  • ALIA National Library and Information Technicians' Symposium[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LIBRARIANS". The Canberra Times. 21 August 1937. p. 2. Retrieved 14 July 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "LIBRARIANS' INSTITUTE". The Examiner (LATE NEWS EDITION and DAILY ed.). Launceston, Tasmania. 23 August 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 14 July 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  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 978-1-921509-61-2CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  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 978-0-86804-565-8CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ "History of the Association | Australian Library and Information Association". www.alia.org.au. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  6. ^ "History of the ASA - Australian Society of Archivists Inc". www.archivists.org.au. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  7. ^ Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association [catalogue entry], Taylor & Francis, ISSN 2475-0166
  8. ^ "Journals". Australian Library and Information Association. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) | Australian Library and Information Association". ALIA. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  10. ^ a b Incite [Catalogue entry], Library Association of Australia, ISSN 0158-0876
  11. ^ a b "inCite: Magazine of the Australian Library and Information Association". Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  12. ^ a b "INCITE". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  13. ^ "INCITE : the magazine for library and information professionals [catalogue entry]". National Library of Australia. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Incite". Informit. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Australian Libraries and Information Association". Conferences & Summits. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Conferences and summits". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Conferences & Summits". Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Conferences, symposiums and summits". alia.org.au. Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  19. ^ "National Library and Information Technicians Symposium 2017". alia.org.au. Australian Library and Information Association. Retrieved 18 July 2016.

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