Library Technicians

Eligible for professional (Library technician) membership – ALIATec

ALIA accredits courses at the Diploma level for those wishing to work as a library technician. To meet ALIA requirements within the Diploma of Library and Information Services (BSB52115) a student must complete all the core units plus at least 7 elective units from Group A.  See the training.gov.au website for the BSB52115 details of units and packaging rules. Together these units meet The Library and Information Sector: Core Knowledge, Skills and Attributes and the Foundation Knowledge, Skills and Attributes relevant to Information Professionals working in Archives, Libraries and Records Management which have been developed by educators, practitioners and employers and are the basis for accreditation of library and information courses. Graduates will be able to become ALIA Library Technician Members. 

Library assistants

While often desirable, no formal qualification is usually necessary to work as a library assistant. ALIA does not currently include courses aimed at education for this role in our accreditation program. Most of the institutions that offer diploma level education also offer certificate level courses in library and information management, we encourage you to explore those options with your preferred education institution.

The course information below has been provided by the relevant institution.

Institution Course details

NSW: TAFE NSW North Wollongong

Rob Thomson ALIATec (CP)
Teacher-in-Charge, 
Library and Information Services
phone: +61 2 4229 0726 | V 64726 | M 0423 184 737
email: robert.thomson24@tafensw.edu.au

  

Diploma Library and Information Services
Study mode: Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020 

This BSB52115 Diploma Library and information Services course is delivered via Adobe Connect recordings and Moodle, and a mixture of Skype workshop and Video Conference tutorials. This qualification reflects the role of individuals with a sound theoretical knowledge base who use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work or the work of a team. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have some responsibility for the output of others.
Institution Course details

NSW: TAFE NSW Mount Druitt, Western Sydney

Robyn Hill
Acting Head Teacher
Library and Information Services
phone: +61 2 9208 6355 | M 0414 622 012 
email: Robyn.Hill12@tafensw.edu.au

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus Mt Druitt
ALIA accredited until December 2020

The Diploma provides you with the specialised, technical and managerial skills required to work as a team member or supervisor in a wide variety of libraries and information agencies. Our course is offered full time, part time and flexibly. We are located within walking distance of the train station and ample parking is provided on site. Industry placement within a library or other information agency is organised to provide students with valuable, on-the-job experience. Our teachers are a welcoming and highly experienced group of people who are dedicated to providing you with the practical skills required to meet the demands of the workplace.
Institution Course details

NSW: TAFE NSW Newcastle 

Narelle Bell
Teacher - Information Services
phone: +61 2 4923 7361
email: narelle.bell2@tafensw.edu.au 

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus Newcastle or blended Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

TAFE NSW Newcastle offers library courses for people who want to work in middle-level jobs in a library, school or other public information agencies. Enrol in this Library Technician training to learn how to organise, maintain and promote library collections and books. You’ll acquire skills in research, cataloguing, using multimedia and in assisting clients with the material and information they need through research and analysis. Issues relevant to the library and information industry in Australia are also covered. We offer face to face classes, or blended with online subjects, full-time or part-time.
 
Institution Course details

NSW: TAFE DIGITAL (North Coast)

Marie Power
Head Teacher (Multi-discipline)
phone: +61 2 6555 0627

  

  

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

This fully online course focuses on contemporary issues and the skills required in a modern library. It is facilitated by experienced teachers and practising librarians and technicians. As well as gaining hands-on library skills using a library management system and library databases, participants will also learn how to research and analyse information according to guidelines and extend their own information literacy skills. Enrolments are accepted at any time in this self-paced course. This newly updated qualification is from the Business Services Training Package BSB52115 and is recognised nationally.  This course is subsidised by the NSW Government (conditions apply).

Institution Course details

NSW: TAFE NSW Sydney, Ultimo Campus

Jo-Ann Bathurst
Head Teacher, Library and Information Studies
phone: +61 2 9217 3384
Julie Barkman
Head Teacher, Library and Information Studies
phone: +61 2 9217 4612

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus Ultimo, Online or blended
ALIA accredited until December 2020

This course is available both full and part-time and can be delivered face to face, online or a blend of both. 
We also offer the following mainstream courses:
BSBLIB31215 Certificate 3 Library and Information Services
BSBLIB42115 Certificate 4 Library and Information Services
These courses are available both full and part-time and can be delivered face to face, online or a blend of both. 
 
Institution Course details

NSW: TAFE NSW (TAFE Western Connect)

Matthew Jones AALIA (CP)
Course Coordinator Library and Information Services
phone: +61 8 8082 6891
email: matthew.jones@tafensw.edu.au

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

This qualification (BSB52115) reflects the role of individuals with a sound theoretical knowledge base who use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate their own work or the work of a team. They may provide leadership and guidance to others and have some responsibility for the output of others.  This course is completely online and uses a variety of online tools to create a virtual library and online community. Available as a traineeship. This course is targeted to people who have access to workplaces which will provide experiences and learning to support the agreed units for the qualification.
Institution Course details

QLD: Library Training Services Australia

Olga Gjokmarkovic 
phone: 1300 17 15 60

  

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

LTSA delivers an ALIA-Accredited Diploma of Library and Information Services (BSB52115) designed to create 21st century graduates for 21st century libraries. This qualification opens new horizons in your library and information services career by qualifying you as a Library Technician. You will become equipped to work in all types of libraries, learning practical skills to manage the full spectrum of library operations whilst developing problem-solving skills to meet the needs of the community. The focus is on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) – combining study via distance education (with exceptional support) and volunteering or working in a library for the full duration of your studies. This is a key component of getting the best practical context possible for learning and an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and build a network of contacts. Students can start at any time and choose from full-time or part-time study. To get started, go to: www.ltsa.edu.au
Institution Course details

QLD: TAFE Online

Anita Deo
Library Studies Lead Teacher
TAFE Online Learning
phone: +61 7 5457 1386  
email: anita.deo@tafe.qld.edu.au

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

The Online Diploma of Library & Information Services course gives you the freedom and flexibility to study in your own time. Direct your own learning with all your study materials online. Access your learning space 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Online Diploma of Library & Information Services courses study is structured into fixed intakes that have set durations of 12 weeks from the study commencement date. You will be able to access your learning materials from the first day of the study period.

Institution Course details

QLD: TAFE Queensland Brisbane Region

Phyllis Goodridge
Library Studies Lead Teacher
TAFE Online Learning
phone: +61 7 3244 6081
email: phylllis.goodridge@tafe.qld.edu.au

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus South Bank or Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

Our Diploma of Library and Information Services is a specialist course designed to develop a complete set of skills in library and information services. You will learn about public, special, school and academic library operations, as well as how to work with clients to deliver a quality experience and how to locate and make information accessible. The course has a strong focus on associated technology and new media applications. Vocational placement in libraries or other information service providers will consolidate your training, giving you a smooth transition into the workplace.
Institution Course details

SA: TAFESA Adelaide City Campus

Jeannine Hooper
phone: +61 8 7210 3488

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: Combination of Online and On campus Adelaide
ALIA accredited until December 2020
 
This program will provide graduates with the skills to manage and organise collections in the school, special, academic or public library sectors.  Study offers opportunities in learning how to help clients to research information, enjoy literature for pleasure and study, implement current cataloguing standards, understand copyright legislation and support users in their use of technology. Students gain these skills through a combination of on-campus/online study and vocational placements within a school, public and special library environment.
 
Institution Course details

VIC: Box Hill Institute

Ms Lynne Cullen
phone: +61 3 9286 9882
email: l.cullen@boxhill.edu.au

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus Melbourne, Online or blended
ALIA accredited until December 2020
 
If you’re looking to start your career as a Library Technician, working as a member of a library or information services team, this course is for you. You will gain essential communication, IT and professional skills plus learning how to supervise staff, train small groups, and establish effective working relationships. You will also develop skills in reference work, cataloguing, circulation, database searching and troubleshooting patron information technology. You can study on-campus in the Melbourne CBD, or online, or as a mix of both. The Flinders Lane campus is very close to transport, cafés and Melbourne’s cultural icons.
Institution Course details

VIC: Chisholm

Michele Hardy 
phone: +61 3 5990 7113 

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
O
n campus: On campus Cranborne
ALIA accredited until December 2020

Start your exciting career with our ALIA accredited Diploma of library and information services course. Learn to solve problems, analyse information and guide others in a library environment. Develop advanced skills in referencing, cataloguing, circulation and database searching. Learn valuable IT skills such as advanced applications, digital and social media, and IT Troubleshooting. Learn to be an effective supervisor and gain skills and knowledge in copyright, communication, management and customer service. If you already work in a library setting and would like to update your skills, shorter skillsets are available too. Work placement allows students to experience a real library environment, which gives practical application of the skills they are taught in class, making them job ready on completion. There are opportunities for pathways into employment and university degrees after completing our Diploma of Library and Information Services.

Institution Course details

VIC: Swinburne University of Technology

Clare Brophy
Course Leader Diploma of Library & Information Services
phone: +61 3 9214 4655

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus Hawthorn (full-time) or Online (full-time and part-time)
ALIA accredited until December 2020

The Diploma of Library and Information Services at Swinburne provides training to students to help attain relevant skills and knowledge needed to work in libraries and other information services or agencies. Through instruction and demonstration students learn research, cataloguing, information management and develop customer service expertise. Students will use digital and social media tools, develop the ability to promote literature and reading and to monitor copyright. Practical industry placement allows students to apply these skills and see the theory in action. Regular guest speakers and excursions help to consolidate their learning.
Institution Course details

VIC: Victoria University Polytechnic

Ian Rogers
Program Coordinator 
phone: +61 3 9919 8941

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus or Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

This course provides training to help you improve your skills in a number of job positions including technician in a library, museum or gallery. You will learn how to use a range of specialised technical or managerial competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate work with a team. Available in On campus or Online Study modes on a full or part time basis.
Institution Course details

WA: North Metropolitan TAFE 

Vanessa Rooney
Course Coordinator
phone: +61 8 9427 1819

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus or Online
ALIA accredited until December 2020

Kick start your career as an innovative and dynamic Library Technician. You will learn skills in customer service, how to supervise and lead teams, develop technical expertise in original cataloguing and classification and use the latest software to build and update websites. Keep up to date with current industry trends by getting involved in the delivery and promotion of literature programmes and lifelong learning. You will investigate how social media impacts on current information services while becoming proficient in computing, reference work and database searching and maintaining digitised materials.
Institution Course details

International: Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE),
The University of the South Pacific

Mrs Liviana Tabalala
email: liviana.tabalala@usp.ac.fj
phone: +679 323 2283 or +679 999 6587

   

Diploma of Library and Information Services
Study mode: On campus
ALIA accredited until January 2020

The Diploma of Library and Information Services aims to produce graduates with relevant skills and knowledge to be able to effectively support and meet customer demands in libraries and other centres that deal with a large volume of information. Through instruction and demonstration, students will learn skills such as collection management, cataloguing, research, use digital tools, develop and promote activities and programmes, and develop customer service expertise. Training elements throughout the course will emphasise the importance of understanding what customers want, and how to contribute in the workplace.