Statement on professional conduct

ALIA objects addressed

  • To promote the free flow of information and ideas in the interests of all Australians and a thriving culture and democracy
  • To ensure the high standard of personnel engaged in information provision and foster their professional interests and aspirations


People engaged in library and information services are members of a profession committed to intellectual freedom and the free flow of ideas and information.


Because of the role of library and information services in fostering the social, cultural and economic well being of their communities the people who work in those services have responsibilities for collecting, organising and providing access to information for the clients of their services. The interactions between library and information services and their clients should be guided by the highest standards of service quality and characterised by the highest levels of integrity. Library and information service professionals should observe these standards by:

  1. encouraging intellectual freedom and the free flow of information and ideas;
  2. exercising their responsibilities within the context of duty of care for the clients of the library and information services they offer;
  3. recognising and respecting the intellectual property of others;
  4. protecting their clients' rights to privacy and confidentiality;
  5. distinguishing in their actions and statements between their personal viewpoints and those of the library and information service that employs them or the Australian Library and Information Association;
  6. maintaining and enhancing their professional knowledge and expertise, encouraging the professional development of their colleagues and fostering the aspirations of potential library and information service professionals;
  7. assisting clients to understand the most effective ways to gain access to the information they need;
  8. avoiding situations in which personal interests might be, or be seen to be, in conflict with the interests of clients of library and information services, colleagues or employers;
  9. treating clients and colleagues with respect

Amended 2007