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Industry newsletters

ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance News is a free enewsletter for everyone concerned with supporting and promoting the further development of Australia's public library services. The enewsletter covers the policy and strategic issues, and service developments having an impact on public libraries Australia-wide.

ALIA Weekly will ensure you are up to date with the latest library news and trends, with timely and proactive content for members and subscribers.

Library Journal provides ground breaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy and other professional concerns to public, academic and institutional libraries.

Newslet for libraries is a free, curated newsletter of the latest news, tutorials and resources in the library sector.

Public Libraries Connect Newsletter features all the latest posts from the Public Libraries Connect Blog. Receive updates on the research, events, training, grants and other opportunities relevant to Queensland public library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff and their communities.

Online learning

23 Mobile Things – A self-paced course that builds on the concept of the original 23 Things with the added potential of mobile devices. The course offers library workers the chance to build their awareness, knowledge and skills at their own pace.

23 Research data Things23 (research data) Things is self-directed learning for anybody who wants to know more about research data. If you are a person who cares for, and about, research data and want to fill in some gaps, learn more or find out what others are thinking, then this may be for you.

Library Journal Professional Development – Staff and stakeholders from all settings and at all levels can enrol in immersive online courses led by leading industry professionals, and access insightful on-demand webcasts covering a range of relevant topics. – Create your own profile to access online courses and video tutorials on business, software, education, technology and creative skills. New courses are added regularly, such as Social media for nonprofits, Learning Mailchimp and Facebook marketing. Use on your desktop or download the app and view from your favourite device. View this video and the information below it to get started and learn more about

Professional associations

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional association for the library and information sector in Australia. The association works closely with educators, employers and practitioners, to ensure high-quality educational programs are available. ALIA provides access to a broad range of training and development opportunities relevant to everyone working in the sector.

National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) is a leading library sector collaboration, whose ten members are the National, State and Territory libraries of Australia and New Zealand. NSLA connects people to information and to each other; creates opportunities for creativity; engages diverse communities; is a trusted collaborator with public libraries and many other partners; and inspires learning.

Queensland Public Libraries Association (QPLA) is the peak representative body for public libraries in Queensland. QPLA liaises with key stakeholders and decision makers on current issues; arranges training and networking opportunities for members; markets the role and value of public libraries and facilitates cooperative projects.

Professional reading

The Informed Librarian Online (ILO) is a current awareness service for library and IKC staff to keep up-to-date with professional reading and librarianship. The services features over 290 domestic and foreign library and information-related journals and more; free full-text access to a range of Emerald library studies journals, including backfiles: an easy, time saving way to stay informed about library trends; and a respected source of professional information. For your free subscription email

For more professional reading, visit the Championing your library or Research pages, or join a Discussion List.

Other resources

Train the Internet trainer (PDF 475 KB) – For new and experienced trainers wishing to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge in order to provide effective community training.

For the schedule of upcoming learning opportunities for public library staff, visit the training calendar.

Last updated
24th January 2018