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From 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2009 transition membership is available to library and information professionals who meet certain criteria.


In order to retain the status of RLIANZA, revalidation is required every three years.  Revalidation is required for library and information professionals to demonstrate that they are keeping their knowledge and skills up to date and applying these skills in their practice.  It is a formal pathway to show that they committed to continuous professional development, by maintaining and developing their professional knowledge and expertise in a rapidly changing world.

The revalidation process is designed to show that an individual is maintaining and applying the core knowledge, skills, attributes and ethics of a library and information professional, through application in four different aspects or domains of professional practice.  

At the end of the 3 year revalidation period, individuals seeking re-registration must forward their journal, together with:

a.    a Journal Cover sheet – signed statement that information recorded in the journal is true and correct  along with a brief self-assessment of their continuing professional development over the period, including any explanation for why the criteria above might not have been met, and
b.    a Letter of Verification – signed statement from the applicant’s employer (or another registered professional familiar with the applicant’s work and practice) verifying that the information recorded in the journal is to the best of their knowledge true and correct.

Following are examples of continuing professional development activities that might be undertaken as part of revalidation.  The list is not intended to be exhaustive.

  • continual professional development, eg courses
  • on the job training or retraining
  • promotion/professional recognition
  • networking
  • academic research or study
  • a specific work programme, project or report
  • mentoring
  • secondment or job swapping
  • involvement in a work and/or professional association committee
  • scholarly publication
  • list serve discussions
  • conference papers

more about revalidation

Keeping a journal

Individuals must maintain a journal that records evidence of all relevant continuing professional development activities.   To achieve revalidation, these activities must include as a minimum:

a.    coverage of all 11 areas of the Body of Knowledge, and
b.    activity in 3 of the 4 Domain areas (please note that the 3 domain areas do not have to be applied to each of the 11 Body of Knowledge elements), and
c.    at least 10 activities per year for the duration of the revalidation period  and
d.    comment on the learning outcomes of each activity undertaken.

A template for the journal is available on the LIANZA website.

Look at this example of a revalidation journal.

Bodies of Knowledge (in Plain English)

1. The information environment; information policy and ethics; history of librarianship

2. How information is made, communicated and used

3. Assessment of information needs

4. The information transfer process

5. How information is organised, retrieved, preserved and conserved

6. Research, analysis, and interpretation of information

7. Information and communication technologies (ICT) in libraries

8. Information resource management and knowledge management

9. Library Management

10. Evaluating the outcomes of information and library use

11. Indigenous knowledge paradigms


Read the whole Body of Knowledge document on the LIANZA website


These domains represent the four areas within which continuing professional development activities can be applied.   Activities should be conducted in at least three of the following four domains over the course of the three year period.  

a)    Currency of Professional Knowledge

Activities which help keep one’s professional knowledge and skills current and up to date, including identification of personal learning needs and methods used to address these needs, and effective acquisition of new knowledge to enhance practice.  These activities might include for example attending courses, study, and reading.

b)   Professional Practice and Responsibility

These are activities related to on the job practice, application and development of professional skills, including increased competence in a range of professional and management skills developed through professional practice.  Examples might include: reports, research to develop and improve services, new initiatives, promotion to more senior roles, and service delivery examples.

c)  Communication and Professional relationships

This domain relates to communication of knowledge and expertise, and the establishment of professional relationships and networks, including communicating effectively with others, sharing expertise, and utilising strong and effective relationships to enhance services. Specific examples might include delivering conference papers, publication, establishing networks, contribution to listserve discussions, and other sharing of knowledge.

d)  Professional Leadership

All librarians or information professionals can display leadership in some aspects of their work. The context in which leadership can be displayed will vary according to the position. A librarian or information professional develops leadership skills to high levels and is respected for his or her expertise and innovation. Examples include leading and supporting other librarians and information professionals, mentoring, encouraging others to participate in relevant professional development activities or to enhance their individual skills, advocacy, contributing to improved professional practice, and taking initiative.

More Information

LIANZA’s professional registration website