Board Elections

alia board election 2021

This is your opportunity to shape ALIA's future direction.

All personal financial Members of the Association are eligible to nominate for the Board.

Nominate yourself or encourage one of your peers to nominate.

board positions

We are seeking nominations for:

  • President

  • Two general Board members.

The successful candidates will take office following our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 24 May 2021 and serve on the Board for two years. 

They will be part of a seven-member Board comprising the President, Institutional Director and five general Directors.  The Board will appoint one of their members to serve as the Vice President.

What does being an alia director mean?

As a Director you will provide strategic guidance to ensure the long-term sustainability of ALIA through enhanced Member value and engagement; support for a resilient and diverse workforce; future proofing LIS education and the LIS profession; effective advocacy; development of alliances and collaborative ventures; and strong governance and fiscal responsibility.  

Being a Director provides a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the library and information sector and ensure that your professional association is one that you will continue to be proud of.  

The Board meets approximately four times a year.  In 2021 we anticipate that two of these will be held in Canberra at ALIA House and two via teleconference.  This will be influenced by the most recent COVID-19 guidelines. 

Further information about the role of a Director can be found here.

Prospective candidates can read an article published in INCITE that shares the Board member experience of Kim Sherwin, a current ALIA Director.

skills and attributes

The Association seeks Directors with skills, attributes and experience to support the CEO and lead the Association.  These skills include experience in or an understanding of:

  • Contemporary corporate governance

  • Finance and risk management

  • Strategic planning, implementation, and review processes

  • Communication and marketing

  • Networking and the ability to leverage networks

  • LIS industry and issues affecting the LIS sector /Association.

Ideally, the Board comprises individuals with a mix of skills and experience.

how to nominate

To nominate for the Board, simply download and complete the following forms:

You will also need to provide a high resolution colour portrait photograph.

Your nomination will require the support of two current financial Members of the Association.

Both forms and photograph should be sent to:

ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher

Preferably via email to

Mail: PO Box 635, Kingston, ACT 2604.

Nominations close at 5pm AEDT on Friday 29 January 2021.

election process

ALIA elections are governed by By-Law 3 and an independent election specialist is usually appointed to manage the voting process.

The anticipated timeline for the 2021 election is outlined in the following table.  

Nominations open

16 November 2020

Nominations close

29 January 2021

Voting opens

1 March 2021

Voting closes

16 April 2021

Directors take office

ALIA AGM 24 May 2021

want to know more?

Information about the 2020-2021 Board of Directors can be found on the Board of Directors webpage

To find out more about the election process or the work of the ALIA Board, please contact the ALIA Board of Directors


This page is accurate as of 17 December and will be updated as needed