Protocol: ALIA's relationships with international library associations and organisations

Priorities and delivery

ALIA supports library associations around the world. A strong focus is associations in developing nations within the region and areas where ALIA has policy expertise and knowledge. Priority for support of overseas libraries and library associations is given to those from South East Asian, Pacific and Oceania countries.


ALIA may also consider entering into bilateral or multi party relationships of mutual benefit through Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with other like minded international associations. The MOU will identify the working relationships, shared interests and common understanding that exist between collaborating associations.


Assistance and support is primarily available in the form of in-kind support such as online sharing or access to ALIA’s:

  • Administrative resources and best practice advice;

  • Volunteer network;

  • Advocacy;

  • Library and information education, course accreditation and professional development

  • IP and collateral.


ALIA's core values

Support for international library associations will be consistent with ALIA’s core values which are:

  • Promotion of the free flow of information and ideas through open access to recorded knowledge, information, and creative works.

  • Connection of people to ideas.

  • Commitment to literacy, information literacy and learning.

  • Respect for the diversity and individuality of all people.

  • Preservation of the human record.

  • Excellence in professional service to our communities.

  • Partnerships to advance these values.

The general principles we apply to our relationships with international library associations and international organisations:

  • We seek relationships that will reflect ALIA’s values and expertise;

  • We will consider the potential outcomes and mutual benefits, either directly or indirectly, from each relationship and review these periodically to ensure relationships continue to be of benefit to ALIA members and their role in the international library community.

  • We will build relationships upon shared understandings and values, clearly articulated expectations, and foster them through open communication.

  • We seek flexibility within a relationship, with mechanisms in place to deal with changes in circumstances and to identify and manage risk.

  • We will seek to build upon the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework;

  • Our relationship with other organisations does not imply ALIA endorsement of their policies, services or products.

  • We will not knowingly enter into a relationship with an organisation that discriminates on the basis of race, creed, colour, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disabilities or national origin. 

  • We will assess the reputation and ethical integrity of the organisation with which a relationship is proposed before any arrangement is entered into.

  • We will ensure that the appropriate personnel (staff and members) are available to work with the external organisation and that their time and talent will be used effectively.

  • We will ensure there is no contravention of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council to which Australia is bound, or Autonomous Sanctions imposed by Australia before entering into a relationship.  These can include restrictions on the provision of goods and services and can also relate to designated persons and organisations.

  • We will consider relationships with organisations located within countries that are emerging from conflict or that do not have a robust form of democratic government on a case by case basis and after consideration of risk.  Partnership in these circumstances must serve to strengthen civil society, foster social development and advance the UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals.


Initial requests for assistance should be made to the Chief Executive Officer of the Association.  Any proposed support for overseas libraries and library associations and MOUs must be sanctioned by the ALIA Board before it is agreed.


Reviewed by the ALIA Board of Directors March 2013, and reviewed and revised by the ALIA International Relations Advisory Committee and ALIA Board March 2018