ABOUT THE SPECIAL LIBRARIES WORKING GROUP
Until 2018, a Special Library and Information Services Advisory Committee advised the ALIA Board on the development of a strategic program for members working in special libraries or with interests in special librarianship. The committee provided advice about issues relating to government, health, law, corporate and other sectors. In 2016, the Committee organised a summit for associations active in the special library space to meet and identify shared issues and opportunities and to prioritise research and other activities related to advocacy and professional recognition for the sector.
From 2018, the Advisory Committee has become a Working Group, focusing on specific priority activities which are seen to be essential for the sector. This Working Group also incorporates members of AGLIN (the Australian Government Library and Information Network), which became an ALIA Group in 2019, ALIES (Australasian Libraries in Emergency and Security), which became an ALIA Group in 2016, and ALIA Health Libraries Australia, which is a highly active Group and Committee in its own right.