ALIA Training and Education

ALIA Training and Education

Ready to learn new skills and advance your career? ALIA Training brings world-class education offerings to you. Specifically made for the Australian library and information sector, ALIA Training has a course to suit any stage of your career journey. 

Training courses are automatically added to ALIA Members’ CPD or PRP logbooks making it easier than ever to track your continuing professional development. ALIA Members also receive significant discounts and exclusive training events.

To see further information and to register for upcoming training events, please visit our events registration page, or click on the course title below.

Current courses


Cataloguing for Practitioners

Intensive practical cataloguing course. The course content is designed to provide you with as much practical experience of cataloguing principles and practices as possible within the timeframe of 6 weeks.

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 to Monday, 08 April 2024

Evidence based practice for LIS professionals

Evidence-based practice is a framework, or an approach that promotes critical thinking about services, programs, collections, and spaces.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 to Friday, 26 April 2024

Ethics 101

Self-paced, autonomous, online

Register and commence any time

Copyright 101

Self-paced, autonomous, online

Register and commence any time


Past courses 2023

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

Tuesday, 07 March 2023 to Monday, 03 April 2023

Readers' Advisory

Readers' advisory is a core skill for those working in public and school libraries. Readers' advisors assist readers in finding the right book for the right time or right mood, provide guidance in trying new authors, themes, and genres, and provide programs and services to promote reading, literacy and library use.

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 to Monday, 29 May 2023

Cataloguing Basics

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

Monday, 22 May 2023 to Friday, 30 June 2023

Train me to Train you

An important skill for all library staff is the training of others.

Tuesday, 01 August 2023 to Monday, 28 August 2023

Cataloguing for beginners

This new 4 week course is aimed at those who are new to the world of cataloguing, or would like to refresh their knowledge at a simple level.

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 to Monday, 18 September 2023 

Lead Team Effectiveness

This course is designed for individuals who wish to explore and enhance their team leadership and communication skills.

Monday, 04 September 2023 to Monday, 09 October 2023

Family History for Library and Information Professionals

This course gives you a foundational understanding of the principles and practice of family history research, what family historians hope to find when conducting their research, and how best to assist when they ask for help at libraries and archives.

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 to Saturday, 11 November 2023

Classification: Library of Congress subject headings

Why libraries use controlled vocabularies, & focus on LC subject heading construction, emphasising topical and geographic subject headings & subdivisions.

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 to Monday, 06 November 2023

Digital Trends

This course will look at new technologies, proposed innovations, new devices, or hardware, as well as technologies already in play.

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 to Monday, 27 November 2023

Past courses 2022

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RDA for Practitioners

Tuesday, 22 February to 14 March 2022

Training, Teaching & Facilitating

(Accredited Course) This course will meet the national Training Package Unit TAEDEL301 "Provide work skill instruction".

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - Monday, April 4, 2022

Cataloguing Basics - May 2022

(Accredited Course) Statement of Attainment in BSBLIB516 - Undertake cataloguing activities.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Monday, June 13, 2022

STEM in Libraries

This 4 week course will help you understand the resources and skills needed to develop strong STEM programming and collections for your library.

Friday, May 17, 2022 – Monday, June 13, 2022

Readers' Advisory

Still a core skill necessary for many, especially those working in public and school libraries. This course will sharpen your skills and approach.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Monday, June 13, 2022

Bibliometrics & more!

Acquire and develop bibliometrics skills and knowledge to enable you to support academics, early- and mid-career researchers and PhD students with grant applications, promotions, and publication decisions.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - Monday, June 27, 2022

Community Engagement

Community engagement is the collaboration between an organisation and the community they serve. For libraries and information services to remain relevant they need to be proactive and connect with those communities. This is applicable to all types of libraries and information services.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 – Monday, August 29, 2022

Introduction to Research and Research Methods

Acquire and develop an understanding of how to conduct research in a practice-based Library and Information Science environment, which will provide you with the skills and confidence to undertake your own research project.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - Monday, October 3, 2022

Bibliometrics & more!

Acquire and develop bibliometrics skills and knowledge to enable you to support academics, early- and mid-career researchers and PhD students with grant applications, promotions, and publication decisions.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - Monday, October 17, 2022

Super Searching

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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 –  October 31, 2022

Cataloguing Basics - October 2022

(Accredited Course) Statement of Attainment in BSBLIB516 - Undertake cataloguing activities.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 – Monday, December 5, 2022

ALIA Tutorial : Working with Software Vendors

Self-paced, autonomous, video tutorial with resources, online



Past courses 2021

RDA for Practitioners

STEM and Libraries

 Readers' Advisory

Customer Service: Diversity and Inclusion

Cataloguing Basics

Once Upon a Story (storytelling)

Great Library Spaces

Training, Teaching, Facilitating (TAEDEL301 - Provide work skill instruction)

Super Searching (reference & searching skills)

Information and Misinformation: literacies and libraries

Acquisitions-getting it right

Libraries and Metadata

This course will focus on current developments in the way libraries provide information about their resources in the online environment. The emphasis in this course is to find out about the current issues, NOT to create metadata.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 – Monday, September 19, 2022


If you would like further information about ALIA Training courses please contact [email protected]

Tailored training

ALIA runs a number of bespoke training courses at sector and state level. If you are a library network or employer and you want to make a tailored group training inquiry please contact [email protected].