ALIA Training Courses and Workshops


Most ALIA Training courses and workshops are open to all - members and non-members of ALIA.
All courses and workshops can be counted towards the ALIA PD Scheme. However you do NOT need to be a member of the ALIA PD Scheme to participate in ALIA Training courses.
Here's some other ALIA professional development resources you may find useful:
Questions? Contact or call 1800 020 071

 Further courses will be added for 2020 as they are confirmed.


ALIA Tutorial 

Quick PD anytime, free for ALIA Members

Working with Software Vendors

This online video tutorial will help you get the most out of your working relationship with vendors in the library and information sector, including how to perform basic software testing, and write useful issue reports.

  • Tips on working with software vendors
  • What software testing is and why you should do it
  • How to write test cases
  • How to write useful issue reports

Definitions, explanations, examples and quizzes are included in the tutorial. The video tutorial is supported by a script, and downloadable templates for you to use at your workplace.

This is a Members' only,  self-paced autonomous course.

Register and commence at any time. 

More information and to register HERE. Members must be logged in.


Copyright 101


Libraries and library workers are at the frontline when it comes to copyright- we collect, license and make available a variety of materials- but how confident are you when it comes to making decisions related to copyright? How well do you understand the basics , and how well have you kept up with the changes to copyright law and how it pertains to libraries and the use of library materials and technology?

Developed in consultation with the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC), Copyright 101 is a short, self-paced online micro credential suitable for all Australian library staff.

This is a self-paced autonomous course, open to all.

Register and commence at any time.

More information and to register HERE.



Libraries and Metadata

Discoverability is fundamental to managing any collection. Understanding and using metadata effectively ensures your resources are connected, relevant and easily found both on the web and in the broader networked world. 

Learn more about current practices, and what's around the corner like BIBFRAME, and linked open data.


This 3 week course will extend your knowledge of this developing area of resource description and access.



30 January - 21 February 2020

Register by 19 January 2020

Course registration now closed.

Further information HERE.



Library services for people with a disability: access and inclusion

Libraries pride themselves as great equalisers. But do your physical layouts, resources, staff, equipment and policies really support clients with a disability? And what sort of disabilities?

Might be time to have another look...

This 4 week course will guide you to useful resources, and help you to refine best-practice approaches, when aiming for inclusive participation and access to your services.

3 March - 30 March 2020

Register by 18 February 2020

Course registration now closed.

Further information HERE.


Libraries and Homelessness

Back by popular demand!

Libraries today play a key role in embracing diverse community and supporting social justice, and yet we often fall behind or lack clear strategies when dealing with certain marginalised sections of our communities – including those experiencing homelessness.

This 4 week course will help you understand the resources and skills to develop helpful and rewarding library relationships with people experiencing homelessness, and the community which supports them.

24 March - 20 April 2019

Register by 17 March 2019

Course registration now closed.

Further information HERE.


Cataloguing Basics

Statement of Attainment in BSBLIB403 - Complete a range of cataloguing activities.

The great challenge of this digital age we find ourselves in will be to ensure that what we do - the collection, preservation and management of information is done in a consistent manner which ensures it is accessible in the future.

Cataloguing remains one of the best tools we have to guarantee that information, irrespective of its format or content, can be accessed. This 6 week course will cover all the bases. Great for those needing a refresh, or for beginners.

The competencies gained from successfully completing BSBLIB403 - Complete a range of cataloguing activities form part of:

BSB42115 - Certificate IV in Library and Information Services

BSB52115 - Diploma of Library and Information Services

No entry requirements - no previous study is required to participate in this course.

Course provided by TAFE NSW, RTO 90003.

4 February - 16 March 2020

Register by 21 January 2020


Further information HERE.


18 August -  28 September 2020

Register by  4 August 2020

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.


Readers' Advisory

Still a core skill necessary for many, especially those working in public and school libraries.

This 3 week course will sharpen your skills and approach. People will marvel at your biblio-awareness! Secret library business indeed...

5 May - 25 May 2020

Register by 21 April 2020

Course registration now closed.

Further information HERE.


Community Engagement

Your library or information service might be doing some great stuff, but if it's not what your communities are interested in, or isn't useful to them, delivered in the wrong way or place, or they simply don't know about it - you quickly become irrelevant and your funders will start asking uncomfortable questions...

Sharpen your client focus and accountability! 

This 4 week course will extend your skills at identifying and responding to the needs of your users, and ensuring you deliver what they want, when and where they want it - and that they know about it. 


2 June - 29 June 2020*

Register by 19 May 2020


Further information  HERE.


(*This course has changed back to its original date of 2 June - 29 June. )


Measuring GLAM Impact During and Post Pandemic

During this time, and in the months to come we need to capture, evaluate and communicate GLAM impact in new and different ways.

We invite all GLAM professionals to join us for a one hour Zoom webinar, to hear from some of your peers about their approach, take the opportunity to ask them some questions, and share your ideas.

Open to all, FREE 


17 June 2020,

5:00pm - 6:00pm AEST

Register by 17 June 2020, midday AEST

Further information HERE.


STEM in Libraries

Libraries are places of exploration and investigation - a natural place to support STEM - however it's easy to feel like an "accidental STEM librarian" whether through lack of experience, confidence or support.
In response to the current COVID-19 situation, the course will now also include content and discussion on delivering STEM programming online.
This 4  week course will help you understand the resources and skills needed to develop strong STEM programming in your library. 

21 July - 18 August 2020

Register by 14 July 2020

Registration now open.

Further information HERE.


Futureproof - practical digitisation skills

Back by popular demand!

Libraries continue to play an important role in ensuring future access to heritage materials by preparing digital copies from a range of original formats.

Futureproof – Analog will focus on the practical tasks of creating “good” digital objects, such as scanned photos, digitised audio tapes or searchable text documents. It will consider the basic ideas of futureproofing analog objects by digitisation i.e. the creation of a digital facsimile.



28 July - 17 August 2020

Register by 14 July 2020

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.


Acquisitions - getting it right

New course!

Acquisitions is the process of selecting and procuring materials in a range of formats to meet the needs of the community the library serves.

For libraries and information services to remain relevant they need to be proactive in developing collections that are accessible and relevant to their community.

This crucial skill is applicable to all types of libraries and information services. Join us to learn ways that you can get it right!


1 September - 21 September  2020

Register by 20 August 2020

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.


Advocacy - a practical toolkit

New course!

We live in times of shrinking budgets, competing interests, and ongoing misconceptions about modern libraries. Maintaining support for public libraries and library initiatives, through our users and other stakeholders is essential. 

Whether you work in frontline customer service, work in liaison with local organisations or your own council, or are responsible for managing and inspiring library staff, advocacy needs to be on your agenda.

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more from the one library service - see the registration link for more details.

This is an 8 week course, and has been developed in partnership with State Library Victoria.



3 September - 29 October 2020

Register by 27 August 2020

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.

(*dates changes from original June start)


Super Searching

New course!

Develop and enhance your existing reference and searching skills.

The focus of this course will be on the core practises of this fundamental library skill, as well as searching in the web-based world. Consideration will be given to advanced searching skills – more than just “Google” - plus the possibilities and challenges that advancements such as artificial intelligence (AI) and metadata provide.

9 September - 21 September  2020

Register by 26 August 2020

Registration now open.

Further information and registration HERE.


RDA for Practitioners

Updated course

The need to address the challenges of the digital world and metadata users has resulted in the development of the new cataloguing record standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access, to replace AACR2

This 3 week online course will provide practitioners with an overview and understanding of the changes RDA implementation will bring. 


20 October - 9 November 2020

Register by  6 October 2020


Further information and registration coming soon.