ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 3–22 January 2020 
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 3–22 January 2020 



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ALIA Board elections 2020

ALIA | 28 February 2020

Voting for the 2020 ALIA Board Elections is now open, you can learn more about the candidates on the elections page. All financial Personal Members and Institutional Member representatives as of 6 December 2019 are entitled to vote in the election. Voting closes 5:00pm AEDT on 28 February 2020. 

Special Libraries Directory launch

ALIA Special Libraries Working Group | January 2020

ALIA is pleased to announce a new resource for our special library members – the ALIA Special Libraries Directory. The directory will be updated as new information is received and if you would like your library to be included in the second edition to be published in April 2020, you simply need to fill in the questionnaire by 27 March. For queries about the directory, please email

NextGen Leadership Scorecard Survey

ALIA | January 2020

ALIA President Robert Knight OAM, has chosen leadership as the theme for his presidential year. As a part of this, ALIA investigated where the sector is performing well, and where there is room for improvement. These survey results were compiled in the NextGen Leadership Scorecard Survey Findings report. It provides the basis for further discussions at our ALIA Leadership & Innovation Forums in early 2020. 

Current Consultations

ALIA | January 2020

ALIA has updated its Current Consultations page, which lets you know the issues on which ALIA would like Member feedback. ALIA is currently seeking feedback through two surveys, the Future of LIS Education survey and the ALIA Salary and Workplace Survey 2019, as well as for several submissions to government reviews. 

ALIA CYS uncovers something new 

ALIA CYS | 13 February 2020

ALIA Children's and Youth Services (ALIA CYS) is hosting a special social media chat to celebrate Library Lovers' Day 2020. Sign into Twitter at 9:00pm AEDT on 13 February 2020 to engage with Chris Buckingham, President of Public Libraries Victoria and author Oliver Phommavanh. 

Create in 2020

ALIA | 25–31 May 2020

Start planning your Library and Information Week, running 25–31 May 2020, today. The theme is Create which recognises all the ways that library and information professionals create and support their users to create. You can also purchase event merchandise on the ALIA website. For more information see the website.

Updated ALIA policies 

ALIA | 2019

Throughout 2019, ALIA worked on updating its policies including this one on Employer roles and responsibilities in education and professional development.

How you can help: bushfire recovery

ALIA | January 2020

ALIA has created a page on its website, How you can help: bushfire recovery, which includes information for how ALIA Members can assist those affected by the bushfires. 

An introduction to ALIATV 

ALIA | 17 January 2020

James Nicholson, ALIA QLD State Manager, is following on from the success of ioTV at ALIA Information Online 2019 with ALIATV, which will provide additional information about the upcoming ALIA National 2020 conference. You can watch the first introductory video on the ALIA YouTube channel

AusLibChat 2020

ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

ALIA's New Generation Advisory Committee is seeking suggestions for #AusLibChat 2020 topics. Suggestions can be made on the website. 

Update to the Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code

ALIA | December 2019

The Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code has been updated. The code (together with the Best Practice Guidelines) has been designed to support a multi-faceted approach to resource sharing. 

Thank you to everyone who responded to the SDG survey

ALIA | January 2020

We received 80 responses to our request for feedback about the draft stretch targets for the Australian library and information sector as part of our response to the UN2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thank you to everyone who participated. Your comments have been passed to the ALIA International Relations Advisory Committee and will help shape the next iteration of the stretch targets.

Australian book industry raises money for bushfire appeal

The Sydney Morning Herald |  Broede Carmody | 20 January 2020

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported on the  #AuthorsForFireys campaign which ran on Twitter and raised more than $500,000 for bushfire appeals. 

A new library for the Greater Dandenong, VIC

Greater Dandenong | January 2020

The Greater Dandenong region, VIC, will soon see a new library, the Springvale Library and Community Hub. Consequently, the local council is seeking a large number of new library staff, across a range of roles. These jobs can be seen on the ALIA job vacancies website.  

Unique scientific documents saved from hail damage 

The Canberra Times | Steve Evans | 22 January 2020

During the recent hail storm which hit large parts of Canberra, quick thinking staff at the Shine Dome saved rare historic scientific documents from harm. 

Bushfire ephemera collecting drive

State Library of NSW | 21 January 2020

The State Library of NSW is collecting posters, flyers and mail-outs created in response to the bushfires in NSW, as it represents important information about a significant event in the state's history. For more information see the website. 

Australian libraries are influential overseas 

AlJazeera | Andrew Thomas | 19 January 2020

AlJazeera has published a video which highlights how Australian libraries have inspired their international counterparts to cease charging late fees. 

The success of libraries in the digital age

The Straits Times | Jonathon Pearlman | 22 December 2019

Libraries continue to be social hubs and invaluable sources of information in the digital age. This article from The Straits Times praises libraries including the State Library Victoria for their innovation. 

Vale Lee Ellis

Lee Ellis ALAA passed away recently. He is remembered as an innovative public library manager, who built life-long friendships with colleagues, and continued to support ALIA after his retirement.


IFLA Green Library Award 2020

IFLA | 31 January 2020

IFLA is seeking seeking applications for its Green Library Award 2020 which closes on 31 January 2020. 

Libraries as community hubs

Medium | Edward Engquist | 15 January 2020

This article published on Medium highlights the importance of libraries as community hubs for Americans. 
Librarian spies during World War II

Time | Kathy Press | 3 January 2020 

During World War II US academics, including librarians, were commissioned to gather and disseminate valuable information to assist with the war effort. 

What happens after a public library ceases charging late fees?

5280 | Natasha Gardner | 16 January 2020

Denver Public Library, US, ceased charging late fees for collection items in 2019. Since the move library staff have reported an improvement in the overall atmosphere at the library.
The future of academic librarians in Canada 

Association of College & Research Libraries | Ada Ducas et al | 12 January 2020

The Association of College & Research Libraries has published this journal article which discusses the future of academic librarians in Canada. 
Concerns over a new bill proposed in Missouri, US

The Guardian | Alison Flood | 17 January 2020 

The Guardian has reported on a new proposed bill in Missouri, US, which would bar libraries from stocking certain books with legal consequences for library staff who refuse to comply. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has released a statement protesting this bill. ALIA has extended its support for our US counterpart. 
The library above the clouds 

Atlas Obscura | ChiaraT | 2019

Yusuhara Town Library, Japan, is known as the 'library above the clouds'. The open plan library was designed by Kengo Kuma, who also designed the Darling Square Library in Sydney. 


ALIA's message of support for Drag Queen Storytimes

Following the news that Brisbane Square Library’s Drag Queen Storytime was disrupted by a group of protesters. ALIA asked for libraries across Australia to send us photos of their Drag Queen Storytime events. Some of the great photos we received can be seen below. 
Pictured: a sample of Drag Queen Storytimes from across Australia.
Do you have a photograph from ALIA Group events or gatherings? We would like to feature it in ALIA Weekly. Email a high resolution image, a description of the event and the names of people in the photograph to


What's On lists ALIA events, ALIA group events and free library and information sector activities for the benefit of ALIA Members.

Digital Literacy Reconsidered

University of Technology Sydney | 4 February 2020

The University of Technology Sydney is hosting the free event 'Digital Literacy Reconsidered' at 6:00pm AEDT on 4 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

Trove Upgrade Preview Webinar

National Library of Australia | 6 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free webinar 'Trove Upgrade Preview' at 1:00pm AEDT on 6 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

Safer Internet Day 2020

Office of the eSafety Commissioner | 11 February 2020

Safer Internet Day on 11 February 2020 supports and promotes safer and more efficient online access. The theme for the day is 'together for a better internet'. Free resources have been made available for the day. For more information see the website. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is running the event.  

WikiCite Workshop: Linking bibliographic data

Wikimedia Australia 14 February 2020 

Wikimedia Australia is running the free event 'Wikicite' at 9:00am AEDT on 14 February 2020 at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne. The free workshop for librarians, academics and publishers is an opportunity to learn about WikiCite, a global initiative to develop open citations and linked bibliographic data. For more information see the website. 

UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum

United Nations Association of Australia | 29 February 2020

Earlybird registrations are now open for the UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum, running 15–16 April 2020. A major focus of the Forum will be Active Partnership Workshops. Earlybird registrations close 29 February 2020. 

2020 ADA Copyright Forum 

Australian Digital Alliance | 6 March 2020

Registrations are open for the 2020 ADA Copyright Forum, running 6 March 2020. The forum will feature talks from the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts and Terri Janke, Wuthathi/Meriam woman and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company. For more information see the website. 

International Day for the Universal Access to Information

UN | 28 September 2020

The International Day for the Universal Access to Information has been formally added to the United Nations calendar. The first official celebration of the day will take place on 28 September 2020.


Library Lovers' Day 2020
14 February 2020

Library and Information Week 2020
25–31 May 2020

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
27 May 2020


ALIA CRR (Canberra and Region Retirees) Connect and Chat
5 February 2020
ALIA National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020

SA Tour – The new Salisbury Community Hub
30 January 2020

ALIAVic Trivia Decathlon – Night 1
16 February 2020

#CYSlibchat Uncover something new
13 February 2020


Library services for people with a disability: access and inclusion

ALIA | 18 February 2020

Libraries pride themselves as great equalisers. But do your physical layouts, resources, staff, equipment and policies really support clients with a disability? And what sort of disabilities? Registrations close 18 February 2020. For more information see the website. 


Weekend Library Customer Service Supervisor

Employer: Melton City Council
Location: VIC
Closing date: 31 January 2020

VOLUNTEER: ALIA Committee Member

Employer: The Australian Government Library and Information Network (AGLIN)
Location: National
Closing date: 31 January 2020

Library Coordinator Learning and Community Programs

Employer: Moonee Valley City Council
Location: VIC
Closing date: 9 February 2020
To advertise your job in ALIA Weekly contact


December 2019 IFLA Journal released

The latest issue of the IFLA Journal has been released and can be read on the website. The December 2019 issue covers issues including articles on making the peer review process more inclusive; predatory publishing in Ghana; and school libraries in Sweden.

ALIA Members can access more free PD in PD Postings, which comes out on the first Thursday of each month and provides quick access to selected, free learning activities. PD Postings features information specific to each PD specialisation. For more information contact

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