Multi-label image classification has attracted considerable attention in machine learning recently. Active learning is widely used in multi-label learning because it can effectively reduce the human annotation workload required to construct high-performance classifiers. However, annotation by experts is costly, especially when the number of labels in a dataset is large. Inspired by the idea of semi-supervised learning, in this study, the authors propose a novel, semi-supervised multi-label active learning (SSMAL) method that combines automated annotation with human annotation to reduce the annotation workload associated with the active learning process. In SSMAL, they capture three aspects of potentially useful information - classification prediction information, label correlation information, and example spatial information - and they use this information to develop an effective strategy for automated annotation of selected unlabelled example-label pairs. The experimental results obtained in this study demonstrate the effectiveness of the authors' proposed approach.