LIS Educators

About LIS educators

Library and Information Science (LIS) educators employed in universities, TAFEs and private training organisations support ALIA’s role as the body which sets and maintains standards for entry into the library and information profession in Australia. LIS educators play a vital role in ensuring that education for the profession produces graduates who provide excellent library and information services to benefit the nation and individual clients and who can respond to and meet the ever-changing information needs of a dynamic society.

Course accreditation

ALIA's course accreditation process is concerned with ensuring the quality of LIS courses and their relevance to current and emerging library and information practice and supporting employer engagement with LIS education.

Requirements for continued course accreditation:

a) delivery of a satisfactory plan for addressing the recommendations of the Accreditation Panel (due 3 months from the release of this report) 
b) provision of satisfactory Annual Course Returns (ACR)
c) a minimum of two course/ program Industry and Employer Consultation Standing Committee Meetings per calendar year are required. Meeting minutes are to be included with your ACR
d) all students complete a work placement of a minimum ten days duration (or equivalent - negotiated with ALIA)
e) attendance by one nominated representative at the biennial face-to-face ALIA Higher Educators' Forums or attendance by one nominated representative at the annual face-to-face ALIA LT Educators' Forum
f) nomination of one ALIA student award per course and graduating year
g) continued ALIA Institutional membership for the Institute/ Library; and
h) the right of ALIA to reassess the course on the occurrence of what in ALIA's view are exceptional circumstances. 
For information about ALIA's Course accreditation processes including joint ALIA accreditation for archives and records courses please email

ALIA Student awards

ALIA provides an award to recognise the highest achieving graduating student from all ALIA Accredited Courses as a means of recognising excellence. Accredited institutions are eligible to present one student award per course and graduating year. Students receive one year membership to ALIA giving them a great start to their new career; a choice of a one year subscription to the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA) ; or an ALIA Training voucher and an award certificate. Awarded Students and their Institution are listed in the ALIA Annual Report.

Educators should complete the application form four weeks before a graduation ceremony or conferring in absentia and email it to


2017/2018 ALIA Education Forums 

ALIA Higher Education Forum

INVITEES:        Educator representatives from institutions offering ALIA Associate level Accredited course(s).

DATE:               At Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, Monday 30 July to Wednesday 2 August 2018

VENUE:            Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland

COST:              Free

ALIA Library Technician Education Forum

INVITEES:        Educator representatives from institutions offering an ALIA Library Technician level Accredited course.

DATE:              Tuesday 26 September from 10am-4pm. Prior to the National Library and Information Technicians Symposium

VENUE:           Sydney TAFE, TAFE Ultimo

COST:              Free

Education Trend report

This report provides an overview of LIS education over the last five years:

Education policies

Education and qualifications

ALIA's role in education of library and information professionals
Adopted 2005. Reviewed 2009.

Courses in library and information management
Adopted 2005. Reviewed 2009.

Employer roles and responsibilities in education and professional development
Adopted 1986. Amended 1996, 2006.

Foundation knowledge, skills and attributes for information professionals working in archives, libraries and records management
Adopted 2014. Amended 2015.

Library and information sector: core knowledge, skills and attributes
Adopted 1998. Amended 2009. Reviewed 2012. Amended 9 December 2014.

Professional development for library and information professionals
Adopted 2005. Reviewed 2009



Library Technician Education in Australia: State of the Nation Report (2010). In 2009 there was a major review of the course content of all institutions offering the Diploma of Library/Information Services qualification for Library Technicians. The report highlighted areas of good practice and provided a series of recommendations for enhancements to course content for the future. It also examined a number of critical issues that were likely to impact on library technician courses due to developments in the structure and funding of education in Australia, as well as changes within the Library Information Studies sector as a whole.

ALIA Course Accreditation Review (2013). The initial literature review and environmental scan prepared by Dr Gillian Hallam informed the consultation process and the discussion of the issues associated with professional accreditation.

ALIA LIS Research Environmental Scan (2014). The report, by Michael Middleton and Christine Yates, is an environmental scan of the research currently being conducted into LIS from 2005 to 2013.

IBSA Discussion Paper: Library Qualifications Review 2014-15

Partridge, Helen L., Hanisch, Jo, Hughes, Hilary E., Henninger, Maureen, Carroll, Mary, Combes, Barbara, Genoni, Paul, Reynolds, Sue, Tanner, Kerry, Burford, Sally, Ellis, Leonie, Hider, Philip, & Yates, Christine (2011) Re-conceptualising and re-positioning Australian library and information science education for the 21st century [Final Report 2011]. Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Sydney, NSW.

Partridge, Helen L., Hider, Philip, Burford, Sally, & Ellis, Leonie (2014) Who are Australia’s information educators? Australian Library Journal, 63(4), pp. 275-291.

Partridge, Helen L. & Yates, Christine (2012) A framework for the education of the information professions in Australia. Australian Library Journal, 61(2), pp. 81-94.

Smith, Kerry, Hallam, Gillian & Ghosh, S. B. (2012) Guidelines for Professional Library/Information Educational Programs, International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), The Hague, Netherlands.