Associate or Library Technician


Allied Field

Allied Field Membership is open to people who are working at a professional level within the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museum) sector and hold a qualification other than an ALIA Accredited LIS qualification.

To be eligible we require:

  • evidence that you are working at a professional level within the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museum) sector
  • evidence of a qualification at Diploma level or above
  • a reference from your employer.

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Australian qualifications – widened eligibility
  • Have you completed a Library and Information Science (LIS) qualification NOT accredited by ALIA?
  • Have you completed a qualification that includes a substantial component of LIS studies and have evidence of professional competence?
  • Are you a current ALIA personal member?

If you answered YES to all these questions, then you may apply for an assessment. This involves a review of your qualifications, knowledge of LIS, relevant employment history and professional development logbook and you will receive a certificate if successful.

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Overseas qualifications - professional recognition

ALIA have International reciprocal recognition agreements with:

If you have completed an academic qualification such as a Bachelor, Post Graduate Diploma or Masters degree in library and information science in one of these countries, then it will be recognised in Australia within the terms of the agreement.

When applying as an ALIA Professional member such as an Associate or Library Technician, you will be required to provide your qualification details and upload your certificate.  If the qualification is from a course previously or currently accredited by CILIP, LAI, or LIANZA, or is an ALA accredited Masters degree, then this will satisfy the requirements for eligibility. 

This is not available for Allied Field.

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Overseas qualifications - all other countries - professional recognition 

Have you completed LIS studies overseas from a country other than those listed above within the last 10 years?

You can apply to ALIA for professional recognition of your overseas library and information science qualifications.  For this to take place, you must complete the following:

If you are an Australian resident:

  1. Join as a Member of ALIA

  2. Join now

  3. Submit the completed form below and pay the application fee. Go to the ALIA Shop.

  4. Download application form

If you are NOT an Australian resident:

  1. Apply to VETASSESS for a general assessment of your qualification by visiting their website:  www.vetassess.com.au
  2. Submit the completed form below and pay the application fee

  3. Download application form 


We recommend getting in touch with the ALIA Education Team at [email protected] ahead of submitting your application. Please contact us if you are experiencing financial difficulties and need to request a fee waiver.

The assessment period can take up to 10-12 weeks if all sections and required documentation are provided with the application.

Once the assessment has been successfully completed, you may upgrade to a professional level of ALIA membership.

For more information and assistance, please email the ALIA Education Team at [email protected].