ALIA member code of conduct


The aim of this code is to establish a common understanding of the responsibilities of ALIA members.  It presents a broad framework that encourages members to uphold the values and objectives of the Association.

Objectives, core values and advocacy of the Association

  1. All members of the Australian Library and Information Association are required to support the objectives of the Association:

a)      To promote the free flow of information and ideas in the interest of all Australians and a thriving culture, economy, and democracy

b)      To promote and improve the services provided by all kinds of library and information agencies

c)      To ensure the high standard of personnel engaged in information provision and foster their professional interests and aspirations

d)      To represent the interests of members to governments, other organisations and the community

e)      To encourage people to contribute to the improvement of library and information services through support and membership of the Association


2.   All members of the Australian Library and Information Association are required to support the Association's core


a)      Promotion of the free flow of information and ideas through open access to recorded knowledge, information, and creative works

b)      Connection of people to ideas

c)      Commitment to literacy, information literacy and learning

d)      Respect for the diversity and individuality of all people

e)      Preservation of the human record

f)       Excellence in professional service to our communities

g)      Partnerships to advance these values


3.   Members are encouraged to promote library and information professions, institutions and the sector by:

a)      Articulating the contribution that library and information services make to their users and to society in general

b)      Using opportunities to talk to people outside the sector about the value of library and information services

c)      Encouraging non-users of libraries to become users.


Adopted 24 February 2014