The Special Library and Information Services Advisory Committee advises the ALIA Board on the development of a strategic program for members working in special libraries or with interests in special librarianship. The committee provides advice about issues relating to government, health, law, corporate and other sectors. In 2016 the Committee organised a summit for associations active in the special library space to meet and identify shared issues and opportunities and to prioritise research and other activities related to advocacy and professional recognition for the sector. This has formed a workplan for the Committee.
Members: Judith Allan, Edmund Balnaves, Fiona Emberton, Kym Holden, Angela Smith, Aileen Weir
Special Libraries Summit, August 2016
Research project: The unique role and value of information professionals in special libraries, August 2017
Round table for Danish and Australian LIS professionals, December 2017
Terms of reference (revised August 2014)
The ALIA Special Library and Information Services Advisory Committee (SLISAC) is to advise the ALIA Board of Directors on the development of a strategic program for members working in special library and information services or with interests in special librarianship.
The objectives of the strategic program are:
1. To understand and communicate the size and scope of the special library and information services sector in Australia;
2. To deliver services of particular interest and benefit to special library and information services members of ALIA, both personal and institutional;
3. To welcome and consider matters of interest and concern raised by ALIA members employed in special libraries and information services or with interests in special librarianship;
4. To assist the ALIA Board to develop a greater understanding of the particular issues and vocabulary of special library and information services members;
5. To strengthen the participation in the Association of information professionals employed in special library and information services or with interests in special librarianship; and
6. Other matters as determined by the ALIA Board of Directors.
The committee is constituted under ALIA By-law 6
The ALIA Special Library and Information Services Advisory Committee will:
1. Identify a range of strategic activities that meet the objectives of the strategic action program;
2. Provide advice and report regularly to the ALIA Board and ALIA Chief Executive Officer on strategic, advocacy and policy issues for the special library and information services sector.
Issues to be considered by the ALIA Special Library and Information Services Advisory Committee include but are not limited to:
1. Promotion and advocacy;
2. Staffing, training and professional development;
3. Unique needs of the sector, including the needs of members in rural and remote areas;
4. Involvement and engagement of members;
5. Relationships and consultation between ALIA and ALIA Groups and other relevant organisations (eg SLA-ANZ, IFLA, ALLA, HLA, HLI, AGLIN)
The committee will comprise members of the Association with expertise in the special library and information sector or with an interest in special library and information services. The committee may co-opt expertise as needed in particular areas and which is not available through its members. The committee shall comprise no more than 10 members and may elect a chair from within its membership.
Terms of office
Members will be appointed by the ALIA Board for up to three years and may be reappointed at the end of their term.
The committee will meet electronically or face-to-face as needed, but at least four times a year. It shall report as required on matters referred by the Board of Directors, and may refer matters of interest or concern to the Board of Directors for consideration. Members will be encouraged to voice their interests and concerns through the Committee.