Relevance 2020

ALIA and Charles Sturt University partnered to present free LIS research events in six capitals during the second half of 2016, working with host LIS schools in each location.

Relevance 2020 update

Thank you to CSU, the host Library and Information Schools, and all those who attended and contributed to the successful research forums.  The findings of the six sessions will be published in a report to be launched at ALIA Information Online in February 2017 and made available for download from the ALIA website.  

City Date Venue


7 November

Morning session 10am-1pm

Afternoon session 2pm-4pm

Hosted by the University of SA

Jeffrey Smart Building, Room JS3-13A, 217/243 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000



20 September 

Morning session 10am-1pm

Afternoon session 2pm-4pm

Hosted by Queensland University of Technology

Y Block - Y701, Science & Engineering Centre, Gardens Point Campus, Gardens Point Road, Brisbane City QLD 4000



6 October 

Morning session 10am-1pm

Afternoon session 2pm-4pm

Hosted by Charles Sturt University

Seminar Room, Ground floor, 10-12 Brisbane Avenue Barton ACT 2600



19 October 

Morning session 10am-1pm

Afternoon session 2pm-4pm

Hosted by RMIT University 

Building 80, (Swanston Academic Building), Level 8, Room 10, 455 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000



28 October

Morning session 10am-1pm

Afternoon session 2pm-4pm

Hosted by Curtin University

Robertson Library Building 105, Level 2, Room 225, Kent St, Bentley WA 6102



23 November

Morning session 10am-1pm

Afternoon session 2pm-4pm

Hosted by University of Technology Sydney

Peter Johnson Building, Building 6, Level 4, Room 040, City Campus, Broadway, 702-730 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007

Who should attend?

Everyone with a strong interest in LIS research and how it can have a positive impact on service delivery right across the library and information sector in Australia. Places are limited, so please book your place as soon as possible. If you have any questions contact us through

What is the aim?

Our aim is to connect academics and researchers from all Australian universities involved in library and information science with employers and practitioners. Students are also welcome to attend. We hope that this program will help align future research projects more closely with the needs of LIS institutions and connect academics with practitioners to encourage more joint research in practice projects.

What is the format?

The day will be in two parts and you are welcome to attend one or both sessions, as an active participant or as an interested observer. There will be an open discussion at every event, but there will be a special focus on special library and information services in Brisbane, public and school libraries in Melbourne and academic and TAFE libraries in Sydney.

Morning 10am – 1pm: Roundtable discussion for academics, LIS leaders and senior managers, promoting greater collaboration in terms of research community outputs and the requirements of the workplace. The discussion will provide a forum for academics to explain what they have to offer and for practitioners to describe their specific needs. There will be the opportunity to scope frameworks for greater cooperation and to look at funding models for collaborative projects. 

Afternoon 2pm – 4pm: Open house, where people working across the sector with an interest in research can meet academics to share ideas and discuss potential partnerships. The afternoon will commence with a short presentation, followed by a facilitated networking session. 

Light refreshments will be served.

What else should I know?

Participation will attract PD points for members of the ALIA PD Scheme.

ALIA has a small number of grants of up to $200 available to assist with travel if required. Contact us through if you would like to enquire about these. 

For more information

Contact us through