Senior library and information services appointments



ALIA objects addressed

To promote and improve the services provided by all kinds of libraries and information agencies.
To ensure the high standard of personnel engaged in information provision and foster their professional interests and aspirations.


As the standards body for the library and information profession in Australia, the Australian Library and Information Association establishes the formal qualifications required as a basis for entry to the profession. It is vital therefore that the Association promote the principle that staff appointed to librarian and library technician positions hold qualifications appropriate to those positions. Where formal librarian or library technician qualifications are required for a particular position, this requirement should be articulated in the job description for the position.


The Association recognises that applicants for senior management positions in library and information services require a combination of demonstrated leadership, managerial skills and experience and overall career achievement.

It also believes, however, that library and information services operate in environments where senior officers are advantaged by possession of relevant qualifications and career experience. The Association believes that senior members of the library and information profession with such a combination of qualifications, skills and work experience are best-fitted to fill senior leadership positions in the library and information sector.

Amended 2008