ALIA VET Libraries Australia Conference 2023

ALIA VET Libraries Australia Conference 2023

Event Information

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and VET Libraries Australia (VLA) are pleased to announce the upcoming Breaking Barriers conference on 8th November 2023. This virtual conference is designed to empower library information professionals working in vocational education institutions by providing them with the latest knowledge and expertise required to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  
The conference will feature keynote speeches, presentations, lightning talks, and panel discussions. As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to connect with your peers from across Australia, build knowledge, share information, and explore innovative ideas for improving library services in vocational education.

Conference Theme: Breaking Barriers
Are you passionate about pushing the boundaries of librarianship? Do you have a success story, a cutting-edge approach, or an inventive solution that has or will enhance learning experiences in vocational settings?  

This conference offers a unique platform to exchange ideas, showcase best practices, and shape the future of vocational libraries.  

Topics might include (but are not limited to): 
Innovative library programs and services.
Programs that have empowered vocational students.
Strategies that have fostered diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within libraries.
Utilisation of emerging technologies.
Collaborative approaches between vocational libraries, educational institutions, and industry partners.

Event Delivery

This event takes place online.

After registering, you will receive an email one week prior to the event with your instructions for joining the event. Attendees have access to the session recordings on-demand after the event. Most sessions will be available for a period of six months although some recordings will only be available for a shorter period.


Call for Presenters

We invite presentation submissions from all LIS professionals, as well as educators, researchers, and industry leaders. Presentations should align with and address the conference theme around Breaking Barriers. We seek applications for presentations (25 minutes including Q&A) and lightning talks (10 minutes). Accepted presenters will receive complimentary conference registration.

How to apply 
To apply to be a presenter at this conference, please fill out the speaker proposal form
Submissions open Friday 21 July 2023 
Submissions close Friday 4 August 2023 

Qualify for CPD Hours

If you are a member of the ALIA PD Scheme or Proficiency Recognition Program (PRP) you can log and reflect on your time spent engaging with ALIA Virtual Showcases for PD hours. There is no cap on the number of hours you can claim - the total is simply the number of hours that you can spend actively learning and engaging in the conference content. This will vary from person to person.

Any PD questions can be sent to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Information

Cancellations received up to one week before the event will receive a refund less 20% of your total registration charge. No refunds will be given in the registration is cancelled within a week of the event.

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More Information

For more information contact the ALIA events team

Phone 02 6215 8222

Email: [email protected]


Wednesday, 08 November 2023
11:00 am to 5:00 pm AEDT
Mem $50 Non-Mem $100. Inst 5 $200, 10 $400, 20 $800, 30 $1200, Unl $2000
5.00 CPD Hours