Peak library body recommendations adopted in research classification review

Canberra, 1 July 2020: In May 2019, on behalf of library and information science researchers and academics, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submitted a response to the ANZ Standard Research Classification review, which included a series of recommended changes, all of which have since been adopted by the review board.  

The changes to the codes include the following: 
Health informatics and information systems has moved to Division 42 Health sciences, in Group 4203 Health services and systems, aligning research into health librarianship with other forms of medical research. 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maori Pacific Peoples and Other Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Management has moved to the newly created Division 45 Indigenous Studies. The unique cultures of different Indigenous peoples has been respected by providing three separate codes for Information and Knowledge Management Systems. 
Library and Information Studies remains with Information and computing sciences, now termed Division 46, with the following Fields of Research renamed: 
o 461003 Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (renamed from Information Retrieval and Web Search) 
o 461006 Library Studies (renamed from Librarianship) 
o 461009 Recordkeeping Informatics (renamed from Records and Information Management) 
Three new codes have been introduced: 
461001 Digital curation and preservation 
561004 Information governance, policy and ethics 
461007 Open access 

The full changes can be seen in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification Review 2019, and ALIA’s submission can be seen on its website.  

About the Australian Library and Information Association 
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. 

Contact: Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO, M 0404 456 749 T 02 6215 8215 E [email protected]