Professional Pathways - ALIA Town Hall meetings

On 30 November, ALIA will release the consultation draft of the four-year plan for the transformation of LIS education and the library and information profession.

The plan has bold ambitions and is intended to strengthen the profession, increase diversity and help create a future-ready workforce.

You will be able to download the consultation draft from the ALIA website, view a message from our President and watch a pre-recorded webinar of ALIA’s Director of Learning explaining the plan.

We would also like to invite you to participate in a Town Hall meeting, where you can listen to the plan live, hear the thoughts of fellow library and information professionals and make your own contribution to the discussion.

While some of the sessions are themed around specific sectors, you can participate in any – and if you’d like to attend more than one, you will be very welcome.


Use the links below to navigate to the event page, and register for the Zoom meeting:

Thursday 3 December, 11am-12.30pm AEDT

Public libraries, with special guest ALIA President Viv Barton, who heads up City of Stirling libraries and is incoming Chair of the Australian Public Libraries Alliance. As ALIA President, Viv has taken the Future of LIS Education as her theme and has made this initiative possible with the support of the ALIA Board.

Viv Barton


Monday 7 December, 8pm-9.30pm AEDT

School libraries, co-hosted by Anne Girolami, ALIA Schools Convenor, with special guest Dr Margaret Merga, who will talk about her valuable research into the school library workforce and the implications for qualifications and professional standards in the future.

Anne Girolami                Dr Margaret Merga


Tuesday 8 December, 1pm-2pm AEDT
ALIA Health Libraries Australia Session, with special guests Ann Ritchie and Gemma Siemensma, HLA Executive Committee.

Gemma Siemensma


Friday 11 December, 3pm-4.30pm AEDT

Open session for ALIA Members, with ALIA Board Directors Viv Barton, Vicki Edmunds, Clare Thorpe and Emily Wilson, and introducing Trish Hepworth, ALIA’s new appointment to head up the team delivering the Professional Pathways initiative.

Viv Barton                      Vicki Edmunds              Clare Thorpe             Emily Wilson             Trish Hepworth


Thursday 17 December, 1pm-2.30pm AEDT

Special libraries session for people working in health, law, government, corporate, arts, media and other special libraries. with special guests Laurie Atkinson, Director, Law Library of Victoria, and Cynthia Love, Executive Manager, Information Services, CSIRO.

Laurie Atkinson                          Cynthia Love


Thursday 17 December, 3pm-4.30pm AEDT

University libraries session, with special guest Jill Benn, University Librarian, University of Western Australia, and Chair of the Board, Council of Australian University Libraries (CAUL).

Jill Benn


Monday 21 December, 12pm-1.30pm AEDT 

National, state and territory libraries session, presenters Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and CEO, State Library of Queensland, and Geoff Strempel, Director, State Library of South Australia.

Vicki McDonald                        Geoff Strempel


There will be further Town Hall meetings at the end of January 2021.

Friday 20 November 2020 11:00am