Membership Information and Eligibility
Overseas assessment of qualifications
In many cases to assist working in the library and information sector in Australia you will need to have your overseas qualifications assessed by ALIA. Download a copy of the ALIA Overseas Assessment form here. All sections and required documentation must be completed and payment submitted before the application can be processed. ALIA recognises overseas qualifications completed up to 10 years prior to your application, unless demonstrated that they have maintained involvement in the profession by undertaking relevant Library and Information Science (LIS) CPD and work experience. All work experience must be professional employment matching your membership application for either Associate or Library Technician membership and be an average of 20hrs per week, a minimum of five years of relevant work experience must be completed in the last 10 years.
ALIA currently has reciprocal recognition agreements with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) (UK), American Library Association (ALA) and the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA).
UK - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
The agreement between CILIP and ALIA enable holders of ALIA accredited qualifications at post graduate level to seek Charter membership of CILIP. Holders of graduate level qualifications accredited by CILIP are eligible for ALIA Associate (librarian) membership.
USA / Canada - American Library Association (ALA)
The American Library Association accepts an ALIA accredited master-level degree in library and information management as equivalent to an ALA accredited master qualification. Holders of USA and Canadian Masters level qualifications accredited by ALA are eligible to apply for ALIA Associate (librarian) membership.
New Zealand- Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)
ALIA and LIANZA have negotiated an MOU that provides for membership reciprocity between the professional category of ALIA Associate Certified Professional AALIA (CP) and the Professional Registered Member category of LIANZA (RLIANZA).
'ALIA and LIANZA accept the principle of reciprocity for New Zealand RLIANZA and AALIA (CP) holders, on the basis that AALIA (CP) and RLIANZA members taking advantage of the reciprocity agreement meet the requirements of the scheme in the country in which they are practicing and after an initial two years within that scheme meet the requirements for continued accreditation. With regard to the AALIA (CP) this would mean applying for certification; with regard to RLIANZA this would require revalidation. This would mean that AALIA (CP) members would begin using RLIANZA in lieu of, rather than in addition to the AALIA (CP) post-nominal and vice versa.
ALIA and LIANZA respect the differences between the Core Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes and the Body of (Professional) Knowledge, which leads to differences in qualification requirements. However, these differences tend to reflect national circumstances rather than fundamental matters of professional concepts and ethics. An important element of LIANZA’s Body of Knowledge is the awareness of indigenous knowledge paradigms, which in the New Zealand context refers to Māori. LIANZA agrees that under the terms of this agreement, AALIA (CP) Members will not need to demonstrate understanding of New Zealand indigenous knowledge paradigms to gain entrance to the RLIANZA scheme but will need to include it in their Professional Development Plans when revalidating'.
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* If you have completed a course in library and information studies which is not accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), you can be assessed for either Associate (Librarian) or Library Technician membership of the Association through the Association's widened eligibility process. Assessment is on an individual basis. The assessment considers your qualifications, knowledge of library and information services, relevant employment and continuing education. Download a copy of the ALIA Widened Eligibility form here. All sections and required documentation must be completed and payment submitted before the application can be processed.
If you're currently an ALIA Member and you've just graduated or completed your course, please contact us with a copy of your qualification or a transcript of your course if your qualification has yet to be conferred.