ALIA's highest honours open for nominations

Each year, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) provides Members with the opportunity to put forward exceptional individuals for its most prestigious awards. From 1 April, nominations are open for the 2019 ALIA Excellence Awards.

The ALIA Excellence Awards encompass the following awards:

  • The HCL Anderson Award, honours an outstanding achievement within the library and information services sector by an associate member.
  • The Metcalfe Award, recognises high achievement by a personal financial member in their first five years of practice in libraries and information services.
  • The Redmond Barry Award, honours an outstanding contribution to the library and information services sector by an individual who is not eligible for associate or library technician membership.

ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, “Past recipients include ALIA Members who have reached the very highest rung of the career ladder; politicians and people of significant standing in the community, and some of the brightest stars from our new generation of library and information professionals. Every award winner has a different story, but all have made a substantial personal contribution to the sector and share a strong commitment to the principles of the Association.”

The ALIA Excellence Awards are peer nominated and confidentiality in nomination is essential.

Nominations are considered by the Excellence Awards Panel which makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. More than one award may be made each year if there are multiple nominations which are considered worthy of the award. Details are published only when a nomination is successful.

The deadline for nominating someone for the awards is 5:00pm AEST 30 June 2019.  Email the completed nomination form to

For more information see the 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.


Karolina Firman, Communications Officer, | 02 6215 8221

Monday 01 April 2019 8:30am