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Health Librarian awarded Qld Librarian of the Year

Health Librarian awarded Qld Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Daniel McDonald from Darling Downs Health in Qld for being awarded the ALIA Qld Librarian of the Year for 2022. Daniel's award was recognition for his work in producing the HLA journal JoHILA, editing the monthly HLA Alerts newsletter, publishing...

Tango vs Scribe Shootout for easily creating training content

Tango vs Scribe Shootout for easily creating training content

Which browser extension is best for easily creating training content? Find out here. While you are there, checkout the other articles in the latest issue of JoHILA More from ALIA HLA ... HLA Twitter / HLA Facebook / HLA LinkedIn / HLA Alerts / HLA Elist / JoHILA...

Second 2022 issue of JoHILA.  (HTML articles now available)

Second 2022 issue of JoHILA. (HTML articles now available)

Vol 3 No 2 (2022) has been published. Articles available on Will Librarianship survive as a Profession, resource sharing developments, health professionals use of resources, browser extensions to produce training, MeSH and more Browse our journal: JoHILA Connect with...

Winner 2022 HLA/MedicalDirector Innovation Award is …

Winner 2022 HLA/MedicalDirector Innovation Award is …

John Prentice, Library Manager, ANZCA For his project –  Automated interlibrary loan/document delivery (ILL/DD) database for health libraries  Using MS Access, John Prentice has created a low-cost interlibrary loan/document delivery database that automates...



Asia-Pacific Health Law and Special Libs Conference

Asia-Pacific Health Law and Special Libs Conference

More details and Registrations About the Conference The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is delighted to announce the relaunch of our Health, Law and Special libraries conference. The Asia-Pacific Health, Law and Special libraries conference will...

About HLA


Health Libraries Australia (HLA) is the national professional organisation representing librarians and information professionals working in all health sectors including: hospitals and other clinical facilities, research institutes, regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government departments, regional health services, professional colleges, universities, cooperative research centres, not-for-profit and community organisations, and parts of public library services. The vision of Health Libraries Australia is that all Australians benefit from health library and information professionals’ expertise that is integral to evidence based health care.

Who are Health Librarians


Health Librarians are health information professionals who focus on the services and systems that deliver research-derived data, information and knowledge to healthcare clinicians, managers, policy-makers, educators and researchers. They contribute to the development of knowledge through research services, from reference consultations and literature searching to advanced forms of evidence synthesis. They manage the research knowledge base published in all formats, as well as grey literature. Their responsibilities extend to advancing the application of evidence-based practice through health literacy and teaching, knowledge management and translation services, facilitating the links between clinical decision-making, policy/guideline/protocol development, and health research, i.e. translating evidence into practice. Health librarians are responsible for the delivery of services that are the only dedicated, secure, permanent and trustworthy source of authoritative information, critical and fundamental to an organisation’s information governance structures.

ALIA Health Libraries Advisory Committee


The Health Libraries Advisory Committee brings the work of ALIA Health Libraries Australia Group to the fore at Board level. The members of the committee advise the ALIA Directors about topics of interest and concern to health libraries and nurture relationships with allied associations in Australia and internationally.

Chair: Gemma Siemensma (

HLA Advisory Committee Annual Report 2020

HLA Executive Terms of Reference 2018

L-R: Rolf Schafer, Ann Ritchie, Rob Penfold, Catherine Voutier, Kieran Hegarty, Taryn Hunt, Diana Blackwood, Tina Lavelle, Jane Orbell-Smith, Gemma Siemensma, Angela Smith