ALIA in the ACT


Your ALIA ACT Contacts 

New to town? Or you've decided to make the most of your ALIA membership, but not sure where to start?  Please get in contact with us! We're happy to get you connected to local people and ALIA resources to help you grow and develop as an ACT information professional. If you need any type of professional help or information, we're here to help.

We look forward to seeing you at an ACT ALIA event soon, or please pop in to ALIA House in Deakin, the ALIA team would love to meet you.


Jade Dawes  |   |   02 6215 8222
Kirrin Sampson   |  I   02 6215 8237 



Events in the ACT 

Event Date(s) Location
Library Lovers' Day 2019 Thu, 14/02/2019 (All day) National
Library Design Awards Conference: "A World of Ideas" Thu, 14/03/2019 (All day) National
National Simultaneous Storytime 2019 Wed, 22/05/2019 - 11:00am National
Libraries celebrate Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea Thu, 23/05/2019 - 9:00am National
ALIA New Librarians' Symposium 9 Fri, 05/07/2019 - 9:00am to Sun, 07/07/2019 - 5:00pm National


Check the full ALIA calendar for details of ALIA events around Australia here.


Groups in the ACT 

ALIA has a strong membership in the ACT and due to the compact size of the Territory, there is a strong affiliation between all ALIA Groups. There is also cross-representation between the ALIA Groups and some specialist non-ALIA Groups such as the Australian Government Libraries Network (AGLIN); Australian Law Librarians Group ACT (ALLA) and the Canberra Library Tribe.

  • ACTive ALIA
    Aims to provide communication among library professionals from all sectors, arrange professional development activities and promote the role of libraries and ALIA membership. Events include annual forums in conjunction with AGLIN and ALIA URLs, social events and other networking opportunities
  • ALIA Asia Pacific Special Interest Group
    Aims to provide a forum for members to discuss regional professional issues, host public talks relating to relevant issues and produce a membership newsletter three times per year.
  • ALIA University and Research Libraries ACT
    Aims to provide networking and training opportunities for library staff interested in issues and trends affecting the development of university and research libraries. ALIA URLs also wants to enhance inter-institutional information exchange within the region, and liaises with relevant organisations. Planned activities include seminars, monthly lunch time lectures with guest speakers, and workshops on topics relevant to the sector.
  • ALIA Students and New Graduates ACT 
    Aims to provide Students and Newgrads with chances to network and socialise with Professionals in the industry. Planned activities include Resume Workshops, Key Selection Criteria Workshops, Movie nights and more. The ACT Regional Coordinator for the Student and New Graduates Group (SNGG) is Cindy Nguyen email:
  • ALIA Canberra and Region Retirees
    The ALIA Canberra and Region Retirees Group aims to provide social gatherings for all retired library people who would like to keep in touch with other retirees. Retirees in Canberra and the surrounding NSW regions form the core of ALIACRR. Visitors from further afield will always be welcome. 

ALIA has a number of National Groups that you may be interested in joining. 

Local Elists 

Check the Elist page for national and special interest elists.

Institutions offering ALIA Accredited Courses 

A full list of ALIA accredited courses is available here.