Courses and Careers FAQs

FAQS

Which course should I choose?

All ALIA accredited courses cover the core knowledge, skills and attributes to work in the library and information sector. Completion of an ALIA accredited qualification is a common selection criteria for jobs in the industry.

There are different ALIA accredited courses for people interested in becoming a library technician, teacher librarian or a library and information professional. If you aren't sure which career path is best for you, compare the responsibilities of the different library roles.

Which course you choose could also depend on the:

  • location
  • delivery (i.e. face-to-face versus online)
  • range of electives offered
  • price; and
  • graduate destinations.

For more detailed information on individual courses, review the course websites before contacting the relevant course coordinator.

 

What is the difference between Red and Gold accreditation?

All ALIA accredited courses - Red and Gold - cover the core knowledge, skills and attributes required for effective professional practice in the Library and Information sector. Gold level accreditation is an available option for any institution with a preference for a Reaccreditation Panel visit. The option for Gold accreditation is only available for institutions after successfully completing their first accreditation five year process.

 

What does the accreditation expiry date mean?

ALIA accreditation is usually granted for a period of no greater than five years. The accreditation expiry date simply indicates how recently a course underwent reaccreditation. In cases where an ALIA accredited course is discontinued, the ALIA Board considers requests to extend course accreditation to cover the 'teach-out' period.

 

I'm a qualified teacher wanting to work in libraries. Which course should I do?

If you have a teaching qualification and are interested in becoming a teacher librarian, consider the ALIA-accredited teacher librarian courses. These courses are specifically designed to cover the integrated role of teacher librarians as educators and information managers. They are also endorsed by both the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Australian School Library Association (ASLA). Completion of an ALIA accredited teacher librarian qualification is a requirement for many teacher librarian positions.

Graduates of ALIA accredited teacher librarian courses are eligible for Associate membership of ALIA. This is a common requirement for many library jobs right across the sector (e.g. public libraries, government and state libraries etc.). If you are interested in working outside schools/education in future, carefully consider your selection of electives. There is usually more scope to include general electives in information management within a longer Masters-level course.

 

Is my overseas library qualification recognised in Australia?

ALIA has reciprocal recognition agreements with the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the American Library Association (ALA) and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). For people with other overseas qualifications, ALIA offers an overseas qualification assessment service.

 

Is my qualification in a related field recognised?

If you have Australian qualifications in records management, archives, computing studies, education or other professional qualifications, you may be eligible for Allied Field ALIA membership. Your qualification must be recognised by the relevant professional association and at an equivalent level to ALIA accredited qualifications. 

For people with other Australian qualifications, ALIA offers a widened eligibility service that takes into account your qualifications, work experience and professional development. 

 

What can I do to improve my job prospects?

In addition to completing an ALIA accredited course, there are some other ways to build your resume and improve your employment prospects.

These include:

  • Volunteer! Local public libraries and school libraries are good places to approach about possible volunteer or casual work opportunities.
  • Link up with the ALIA group in your state/area. Signing up for their free mailing list and attending local ALIA events is a good way to connect with other library professionals in your area.
  • Join ALIA! Membership is open to everyone and has a range of benefits such as professional development opportunities and tools. ALIA members also have access to the personal Career and Professional Development Advisory Service.

 

Need help?

For information and advice on library courses and careers, email education@alia.org.au