ALIA Groups are formed by members for our members and are either geographically or interest based. While some Groups are localised, many of them operate nationwide. ALIA Members create Groups for many reasons and do all kinds of things. Some have fewer than 30 members, others have hundreds.
ALIA Groups are run by energetic and committed volunteer ALIA Members who generously give their time to create active and vibrant professional networks that extend across Australia. Groups operate in a variety of different ways. Some operate online only while others hold local networking and low cost professional development events. Some Groups even develop and host major national symposia. To find out more about these events visit the ALIA events calendar. If you would like to find out more about ALIA Groups and how to join or organise one, please see the ALIA Groups – Useful Information page or contact our Groups Coordinator.
ACTive ALIA, based in the ACT, provides communication among library professionals of all sectors, arranges and supports professional development activities, promotes the role of libraries and lobbies on local matters, and promotes ALIA membership.
ALIA Academic and Research Libraries (WA) is a forum for tertiary, research and academic librarians to discuss ideas and practices and foster collaboration. It offers opportunities to support and promote research and professional development.
ALIA Acquisitions is a national group aiming to inform and educate by supporting and promoting best practice in acquisitions and serials management, collection development and preservation, and to promote use of appropriate and leading-edge technology.
Australasian Libraries in Emergency and Security (ALIES) ALIES is a cooperative information network which aims to serve and support the common interests of law enforcement, emergency services, and security agencies connected with human, natural, industrial and technological events and disasters.
ALIA Asia Pacific Special Interest Group is a national group that aims to lead efforts in identifying new sources of support for the development between information professionals in the region, through two-way co-operation.
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.
ALIA Cataloguing/Metadata is where cataloguers and metadata professionals can network, discuss and solve data/cataloguing issues and to keep abreast of future developments and changes that may impact how we work and the decisions we make in our profession.
ALIA Children's and Youth Services promotes library services to children and youth, highlighting children's literature and fostering professional development of members. It co-ordinates the national ALIA awards for children's librarians, promotes children's librarianship within the profession, and encourages networking and communication between members.
ALIA Children's and Youth Services (QLD) is based in South East Queensland but open to all members. The group aims to develop library services to young people in Queensland by promoting interaction between library and information specialists who work with young people.
The ALIA Darling Downs Group provides a platform for library practitioners in the Darling Downs area to network with other librarians and library technicians, stay up-to-date with library practices and attend professional developments events. Our focus is to facilitate discussions relevant to library issues affecting the Darling Downs area. By doing so the group aims to ensure the long term involvement of Darling Downs library staff in matters pertaining to the profession.
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The ALIA DH Special Interest Group aims to explore the intersection of Digital Humanities and the library sector by sharing knowledge and developing skills.
The vision of Health Libraries Australia is that all Australians benefit from health library and information professionals’ expertise that is integral to evidence based health care.
The ALIA Hunter group promotes professional development and provides a social network for library-minded folk in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter area.
LARK (Library Applied Research Kollektive) fosters evidence-based practice and applied research in library and information studies
Law Librarians Queensland aims to:
Library Technician Research AwardPromotes ALIA and library technician membership on a national basis and actively represents the interests of library technicians in national forums. ALIA National Library Technicians administer the Library Technician of the Year Award.
The ALIA NSW Library Technicians Group promotes library technicians to the wider ALIA membership, provides a range of professional development activities, represents library technician interests on relevant issues, and promotes and supports national library technician initiatives.
ALIA Prison Libraries Group promotes the interests of prison and detention centre libraries and those who use and operate them. It provides opportunities for the sharing of information and resources to enable the provision of best possible library services to adults and children housed in all forms of detention.
The ALIA Queensland Library Technicians offers support, networking, and learning opportunities for library technicians and students, promotes ALIA and membership, acts as mentors for newly-qualified library technicians and provides forum for information and discussion.
ALIA Queensland is a cross-sectoral, state based group seeking to provide opportunities for ALIA members to participate in networking and professional development activities. The group aims to be representative of ALIA members in Queensland. ALIA Queensland hosts a range of events and activities. Members and non-members all welcome.
ALIA Rare Books and Special Collections is a forum for library and information professionals who are responsible for, and interested in, rare books and special collections.
The Red Centre Group of ALIA provides communication and networking, professional development and mentoring of members and promotion of libraries. The area covered is from Yulara to Alice Springs and Tennant Creek as well as remote community libraries.
Formerly known as the ALIA Reference and Information Services (SEA), the group aims to represent reference and information service staff across all sectors in Victoria. It facilitates communication and information for members and contributes to the professional development of reference and information services staff through professional and networking activities which include workshops and evening meetings with presenters.
The group aims to maintain the connection between retirees, to encourage engagement in the profession, to recognise retirees' achievements, to ensure their professional interests and aspirations are fostered, and to encourage members retiring from the profession to remain involved with the Association. By doing so, the group aims to assist in the long-term future of the Association.
The ALIA Specials SA Group provides professional development and networking opportunities to professionals and students in special libraries in South Australia. It fosters the exchange of ideas among special libraries, and with those working in allied professional fields of information services, knowledge management, indexing, records management and archives. It is also committed to advocacy on behalf of its members.
ALIA Schools promotes the interests of school libraries and teacher-librarians, provides opportunities for professional development, lobbies for school libraries with state and local groups, liaises with other groups, identifies and analyses current trends in teacher librarianship, and maintains the profile of teacher-librarianship within ALIA.
Many libraries have a social media presence/channel and library staff will benefit from engaging and networking with other users of social media, particularly within a library context. With the increasing use of social networking in the workplace, many organisations are now recognising the value of using social media. The goals of this group are to:
ALIA South Australia is a newly-revived, cross-sectoral group for all information professionals and GLAM members in South Australia. It is a forum for members to discuss events, take part in professional development activities and network with like-minded people within the state and regional areas close to the border. We encourage anyone interested to let us know!
Please visit the website https://www.alia.org.au/aliasa
ALIA Special Libraries (Vic) is a group which provides opportunities for continuing professional development and networking for people working in, or with an interest in, special libraries and related fields.
The ALIA Student and New Graduates Group provides a forum for new graduates to communicate and socialise with colleagues and build relationships and networks within the profession.The group aims to facilitate networking for the new generation of library professionals, provide a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to new professionals, organise meetings and training specifically relevant to students and new graduates and facilitate the introduction of new graduates into the wider ALIA community. By doing so, the group aims to ensure the long-term future of the Association (relevance and member participation), and to support and assist with the mentoring program in each state.
The ALIA Sunshine Coast Library Technicians Group provides support and professional development activities to Sunshine Coast Library Technicians and Assistants and represents library technician interests on relevant issues. We promote and support national library technician initiatives.
The ALIA Sustainable Libraries Group has been established to inform & educate colleagues on issues of sustainability. The group will support and promote research and professional development, and increase the awareness of environmental concerns amongst library staff. The group also seeks to enhance and promote documentary resources connected to sustainability.
ALIA Sydney presents a selection of formal and information events to encourage discussion and critical engagement and create networking opportunities across the library and information section in Sydney and beyond.
ALIA Tasmania is a cross-regional, cross-sectoral statewide group. It provides professional development activities, membership services and lobbies to increase public awareness of all library services.
ALIA Top End provides professional development activities, supports isolated and remote members to attend local professional development activities and relevant interstate and international professional activities. Promotes excellence in delivery of library and information services. Planned activities include professional development activities, workshops and talks. The group covers the Top End, including Katherine, but anyone is welcome to attend meetings and events.
ALIA URLs (ACT), (Universities and Research Libraries’ Group), provides a networking and information-sharing forum for all levels of library staff interested in issues and trends affecting the development of university and research libraries. The group organises professional development and training opportunities and provides a network of communication and support. ALIA URLs aims to enhance inter-institutional information exchange within the region, and liaises with other relevant organisations. Planned activities include seminars, monthly meetings with guest speakers, and workshops on topics relevant to the sector.
ALIA Victoria facilitates communication and networking among Victorian library and information professionals through formal and informal funtions. ALIA Victoria aims to be an advocate and representative for ALIA members in Victoria, and encourages links with related professional bodies via joint functions. Activities include events relating to professional issues affecting all special interest areas.
Victorian ALIA Library Technicians is a Victoria-wide group which promotes library technicians within ALIA and the wider information industry, promotes ALIA membership amongst library technicians and provides support for library technicians and students throughout Victoria.
The ALIA WA Library Technicians Group:
ALIAWest co-ordinates and communicates strategic professional issues and organises continuing professional development activities statewide.
Based in Townsville, tropicALIA is a virtual group for library staff and students in North Queensland. Our members represent a wide range of NQ libraries - public, university, school, special and corporate. We aim to promote professional development and social networking for library staff and students in North Queensland.