ALIA Presidential themes

Each incoming ALIA President chooses a theme to focus their tenure as President. Details on the themes of the current and former ALIA Presidents can be read below.

Education (May 2020 –May 2021)

Viv Barton, ALIA President chose education as the theme for her Presidential year, from May 2020 – May 2021.    

The future of library and information science education in Australia discussion paper follows on from an ALIA issues paper published in 2019. This discussion paper provides a summary of the themes which emerged during the consultation and asks four further questions. Have your say in the leadup to the LIS Education Summit, which has been rescheduled to 16 February 2021.

Feedback can be sent to, the deadline for responses is 31 October 2020.  

Leadership (May 2019 –May 2020)

Former ALIA President Robert Knight OAM chose leadership as his theme: 'when we talk about leaders, our thoughts naturally flit to the senior people at the top of the management ladder, but leadership happens at many levels in an organisation. There are those with Director in their title, but there are also people who have become acknowledged experts in their field; who have been recognised as thought leaders; who have a reputation for innovation; who have made an impact nationally and internationally through their commitment to the profession. There are many different types of leadership and for the library and information sector to thrive, we need them all.'


'My first initiative has been to commission a report on GLAMR Workforce Diversity, because I believe the issue for the Association going forward is not only about nurturing leaders, it is also about increasing diversity at all levels. More initiatives and activities will follow'.


On 2 July 2019, the topic for AusLibChat was on leadership. You can read the Twitter conversations on the website.



As a part of this theme, across October-November 2019, ALIA is investigating where the sector is performing well, and where there is room for improvement, in order to produce the ‘NextGen Leadership Scorecard’, highlighting where we need to invest our energies going forward via a survey.  The survey closed on 15 November 2019.  Following the conclusion of the survey, ALIA has published the NextGen Leadership Scorecard Survey Findings. This report covers the findings from the survey and provides qualitative and quantitative data about our performance as a sector. This will provide the basis for further discussions at our ALIA Leadership & Innovation Forums early in 2020. 

Indigenous Matters (May 2018-May 2019)

Former ALIA President Lyndall Ley AALIA (CP) chose Indigenous Matters as her Presidental theme. More information on the Association's ongoing work towards supporting Indigenous Members and communities

The following five major projects were undertaken during her tenure:

  1. Finding ways to ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are qualified for employment in professional library roles;
  2. Initiating a review and revision of the ATSILIRN (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information and Resource Network) Protocols allied with work on classification of first nations’ original material;
  3. Supporting libraries and library and information professionals to acknowledge and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019;
  4. Creating ALIA’s first Reconciliation Action Plan;
  5. Producing guidance for libraries and library and information professionals seeking to improve library services for Indigenous people through the publication of a case study-based report.

These projects were undertaken by ALIA in partnership with LIS educators, National and State Libraries Australia, AIATSIS, ATSILIRN, the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance and other stakeholders.

This page is accurate as of 23 October and will be updated as needed.