ALIA Training Courses and Workshops

 

Most ALIA Training courses and workshops are open to all - members and non-members of ALIA.
 
All courses and workshops can be counted towards the ALIA PD Scheme. However you do NOT need to be a member of the ALIA PD Scheme to participate in ALIA Training courses.
 
Here's some other ALIA professional development resources you may find useful:
 
 
 
PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY : THIS PAGE IS UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
 
Questions? Contact training@alia.org.au or call 1800 020 071
 
     
 

 Further courses will be added for 2020 as they are confirmed.

 

ALIA Tutorial 

Quick PD anytime, free for ALIA Members

Working with Software Vendors

This online video tutorial will help you get the most out of your working relationship with vendors in the library and information sector, including how to perform basic software testing, and write useful issue reports.

  • Tips on working with software vendors
  • What software testing is and why you should do it
  • How to write test cases
  • How to write useful issue reports

Definitions, explanations, examples and quizzes are included in the tutorial. The video tutorial is supported by a script, and downloadable templates for you to use at your workplace.

This is a Members' only,  self-paced autonomous course.

Register and commence at any time. 

More information and to register HERE. Members must be logged in.

Online

ALIA TUTORIAL 

Quick PD anytime, free for ALIA Members

Measuring GLAM Impact During and Post Pandemic

We know GLAM institutions to be more than cost centres, but how do we capture, evaluate and measure success when we don’t have access to many of our traditional metrics? Is there a need to reevaluate our measures of success or is this already happening?

In June 2020 ALIA hosted an online panel to discuss issues related to managing and measuring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This tutorial is focussed on listening and learning from others’ experiences, and encourages you to take time to reflect on and explore some of the ideas and resources covered. It includes:

  • Webinar
  • Presentation  slides
  • Reflection and exploration prompts
  • Resource links

This is a Members' only,  self-paced autonomous course. 

Register and commence at any time. 

More information and to register HEREMembers must be logged in.

Online

Copyright 101

NEW COURSE!

Libraries and library workers are at the frontline when it comes to copyright- we collect, license and make available a variety of materials- but how confident are you when it comes to making decisions related to copyright? How well do you understand the basics , and how well have you kept up with the changes to copyright law and how it pertains to libraries and the use of library materials and technology?

Developed in consultation with the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC), Copyright 101 is a short, self-paced online micro credential suitable for all Australian library staff.

This is a self-paced autonomous course, open to all.

Register and commence at any time.

More information and to register HERE.

Online

RDA for Practitioners

Updated course

The need to address the challenges of the digital world and metadata users has resulted in the development of the new cataloguing record standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access, to replace AACR2

This 3 week online course will provide practitioners with an overview and understanding of the changes RDA implementation has brought to metadata creation in libraries. 

 

27 January - 16 February 2021

Registration closed  13 January 2021

 

Further information  HERE.

Online

Readers' Advisory

Still a core skill necessary for many, especially those working in public and school libraries.

This 3 week course will sharpen your skills and approach. People will marvel at your biblio-awareness! Secret library business indeed...

9 February - 1 March 2021

Register by 26 Jan 2021

DATE CHANGE!

27 July - 16 August 2021

Register by 13 July

Registration now open.

Further information HERE.

Online

Cataloguing Basics

Statement of Attainment in BSBLIB403 - Complete a range of cataloguing activities.

The great challenge of this digital age we find ourselves in will be to ensure that what we do - the collection, preservation and management of information is done in a consistent manner which ensures it is accessible in the future.

Cataloguing remains one of the best tools we have to guarantee that information, irrespective of its format or content, can be accessed. This 6 week course will cover all the bases. Great for those needing a refresh, or for beginners.

The competencies gained from successfully completing BSBLIB403 - Complete a range of cataloguing activities form part of:

BSB42115 - Certificate IV in Library and Information Services

BSB52115 - Diploma of Library and Information Services

No entry requirements - no previous study is required to participate in this course.

Course provided by TAFE NSW, RTO 90003.

 

16 February 2021 - 29 March 2021

Registration now closed, as course maximum student number has been reached

 

5 October - 15 November

Registrations close 21 September 

or when maximum student number is reached

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.

Online

Great Library Spaces

The ALIA Library Design Awards have become a bi-annual event with the 2021 Design Awards being the third.

The course, Great Library Spaces, was delivered in 2017 and 2019 to coincide with the previous awards and conferences.

2020 was a year of challenges, and libraries have responded and have continued to provide services to their communities. One of the challenges has been around creating safe spaces for patrons. In addition to the physical space, the 2021 course will expand to include ‘safe spaces’.

Investment is made in libraries to make spaces both appealing and functional and to utilise the available space to the best advantage.

This is a four week professional development unit. You will receive a certificate of participation upon successfully completing this course.

2 March - 29 March 2021

Registration closed 16 February 2021

 

Further information HERE.

Online

STEM and Libraries

 
Libraries are places of exploration and investigation - a natural place to support STEM - however it's easy to feel like an "accidental STEM librarian" whether through lack of experience, confidence or support.
 
This 4  week course will help you understand the resources and skills needed to develop strong STEM programming in your library. 
 
If you're participating, this will also be a great course to help you prepare for National Simultaneous Storytime 2021

13 April - 11 May 2021

Registration closes 6 April 2021

 

Further information HERE.

Online

Customer Service : Diversity and Inclusion

NEW COURSE

Libraries are dedicated to providing quality customer services relevant to the goals of the library and needs of the clientele. This dedication is not a static process. Services and skills develop to match changing needs and expectations. Recognising diversity and inclusion is key to this development.

This is a short four week professional development unit, open to members and non-members of ALIA. You will receive a certificate of participation upon successfully completing the course.

CHANGE OF DATE from 20 April - 17 May 2021

to 4 May - 1 June 2021

Registration closes 26 April 2021

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.

Online

Once Upon a Story

 

Why storytelling?

This age-old skill has tremendous value in promoting literacy, books and reading. Examine the history of oral traditions and how storytelling is relevant to today’s world.

This course will be filled with loads of ideas, examples, resources and opportunities for learning together and sharing. Develop your skills for your library or class story times, National Simultaneous Storytime, Children’s Book Week or for ANY stories you’d like to tell!

This is a short four week professional development unit, open to members and non-members of ALIA. You will receive a certificate of participation upon successfully completing the course.

27 April - 24 May 2021

Registration closes 13 April 2021

 

Further information HERE.

Online

Training, Teaching, Facilitating

TAEDEL301 - Provide work skill instruction

 

Teaching others is an art, and a science. Do you understand the best ways to teach something new to a group, or to an individual? 

This 4 week course will provide you with the basic principles underpinning teaching and learning, at any age, and focus on developing training resources and delivering training in the library environment.

Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive an official academic transcript from TAFE NSW, RTO 90003, showing you have met the unit's requirements (TAEDEL301 - Provide work skill instruction).

No entry requirements - no previous study is required to participate in this course.

25 May - 21 June

Registration closes 11 May 2021

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.

Online

Information and Misinformation : literacies and libraries

NEW COURSE

We live in a time where concerns over misinformation, disinformation, information disorder, fake news, publication bias and the canonisation of alternative facts are widespread. The Trump Presidency and the COVID crisis have escalated this concern to a fever pitch – so much so that the term fake news is now ubiquitous, and a sure way to shut down a conversation.

This 4 week course will guide you through the background to our current crisis, the range of positions, understandings and literacies, as well as looking at how libraries are practically approaching the issue: what kinds of education, programming, collaborations or other responses are we engaging in?

15 June - 13 July

Registration closes 8 June

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.

Online

Super Searching

Back again in 2021!

Develop and enhance your existing reference and searching skills.

The focus of this course will be on the core practises of this fundamental library skill, as well as searching in the web-based world. Consideration will be given to advanced searching skills – more than just “Google” - plus the possibilities and challenges that advancements such as artificial intelligence (AI) and metadata provide.

24 August - 13 September

Registration closes 10 August

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.

 

Online

Acquisitions - getting it right

Back again in 2021!

Acquisitions is the process of selecting and procuring materials in a range of formats to meet the needs of the community the library serves.

For libraries and information services to remain relevant they need to be proactive in developing collections that are accessible and relevant to their community.

This crucial skill is applicable to all types of libraries and information services. Join us to learn ways that you can get it right!

 

12 October - 1 November

Registration closes 28 September 2021

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.

Online