ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 4–29 January 2020 
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Australia Day 2020 Honours List

ALIA | 26 January 2020

The 2020 Australia Day Honours List saw two state library heads acknowledged for their significant contributions to the sector. Our congratulations go to ALIA past-President Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and CEO of the State Library of Queensland on being awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia and to Kate Torney, CEO of the State Library of Victoria, who received a Medal (OAM). 

ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report 2019

ALIA | 29 January 2020

ALIA has published its sixth annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment trend report. The 2019 edition reveals a 10-year decline in the number of institutions accredited by ALIA, from 31 in 2010 to 23 in 2020 (predicted), and in the number of LIS courses offered, down from 50 in 2010 to 34 in 2020 (predicted). The report can be read on the ALIA website. 

ALIA National 2020

ALIA National | 4–8 May 2020

Register today for ALIA National 2020, running 4–8 May 2020, and don't miss out on this great conference. For more information see the website. 

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020

ALIA | 27 May 2020

Today is a great day to register for National Simultaneous Storytime, running 27 May 2020. This year's book is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Grifford, published by Scholastic Australia. Registration is free and easy and can be done on the ALIA website. 

Library Lovers' Day 2020

ALIA | 14 February 2020

Have you decided how you're celebrating Library Lovers' Day 2020? The theme for this year is Uncover something new. Need inspiration? Check out the ALIA website for free downloadable resources and suggested activities. 

February AusLibChat on Content Creation

ALIA | 4 February 2020

Don't miss the first AusLibChat of 2020, the topic is Content Creation. Sign into Twitter at 9:00pm AEDT on 4 February to join the conversation. 

Update on the ALIA Digital Health Literacy project

ALIA, APLA and ALIA HLA | 3 February 2020

In 2019, ALIA along with the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) and ALIA Health Libraries Australia secured $1 million in funding for libraries from the Australian Digital Health Agency to run train the trainer programs. These programs are set to start from 3 February 2020 at the following NSW public libraries: Sutherland Shire Library; Maroubra Library; Penrith Library; Northern Beaches Library; and Campbelltown Library. For more information about the program or to get involved contact Nicole Barnes, ALIA Director Corporate Services,

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

 ALIA and Charles Sturt University | 5 February 2020 

ALIA, in partnership with Charles Sturt University, is offering an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Scholarship for 2020, valued at $5,000 plus a one year ALIA student membership. Applications close 5 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

Updated ALIA policies

ALIA | 2019

Throughout 2019, ALIA worked on updating its policies including this one on Professional development for library and information professionals

Anne Harrison Award

ALIA HLA | 30 March 2020

Applications for the 2020 Anne Harrison Award, valued at $5,000, are now open. Applications close 30 March 2020. Applications for the biennial Award are invited from all Australian health library and information professionals and funding is available for research projects, study or a publication. Please direct applications and inquiries to

ALIA Schools PD Diary Dates 2020

ALIA Schools 

ALIA Schools has published details for its 2020 professional development opportunities. For more information see the website. 

Applications are open for the Kay Poustie Scholarship 2020

ALIA West, State Library of Western Australia, and Public Libraries WA | 28 February 2020

Applications are now open for the Kay Poustie Scholarship. The scholarship enables a library professional in Western Australia to undertake study, locally or internationally, to improve public libraries in the state. Funds for the scholarship are partially raised through fundraising by ALIAWest. Applications close 28 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

ALIA set to consult on government review 


ALIA has been asked to consult on the Revision of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 20132023.  

2020 Shortstacks short film competition 

ArtsHub | Richard Watts | 22 January 2020

The State Library of NSW is once again running its Shortstacks short film competition. Entrants are invited to draw inspiration from the library's collection items to produce their film. Entries close 5:00pm AEST 5 April 2020. For more information see the website. 

Making your library more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ patrons 

Book Riot | Tirzah Price | 27 January 2020

Book Riot has published an article with suggestions for making your library more inclusive for your LGBTQIA+ patrons. These include adding pronouns to your name tag and buying diverse books. 

New Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative announced

Australian Academy of the Humanities | 28 January 2020

A new Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative has been announced. The ARC Special Research Initiative in Australian Society, History and Culture, worth $12 million, will fund around 40 projects providing between $20,000 to $100,000 each year for up to three years. Applications for grants will open in February 2020 with funding commencing from October 2020. For more information see the website. 

New app changes how patrons borrow books from Victorian library

Government News | Amy Cheng | 20 January 2020

Yarra Libraries, VIC, has introduced a new app which allows its patrons to borrow collection items simply by taking a photo of the item with their phone. It is the first app of its kind to be used in Australia. 

More than 1 million collection items borrowed from Lake Mac Libraries 

Lakes Mail | 23 January 2020

Lake Mac Libraries, NSW, has been busy with more than 1 million collection items borrowed from the service in 2019.

Wagga Wagga City Library’s Food for Fines appeal a big success

Mirage News | 17 January 2020

Wagga Wagga City Library, NSW, ran its Food for Fines appeal across December 2019. During the appeal the library received enough donations to waive just under $7,500 worth of fines. 


Public libraries prove to be popular for Americans 

Changing America | Joseph Guzman | 27 January 2020

According to research from advice firm Gallup, visiting the public library remains the most common cultural activity for Americans. 

The value of libraries in the digital age 

Mashable | Haidee Chu | 26 January 2020

This article published in Mashable highlights how public libraries function as community anchors for Americans.

The role of libraries in smart cities 

Smart Cities Dive | Cailin Crowe | 27 January 2020

An article from Smart Cities Dive has lauded US libraries as centres of connection and learning. 

Designs revealed for the new Ottawa Public Library, Canada

Design Build Network | 24 January 2020

The designs for the new Ottawa Public Library, Canada, have been revealed. The new library will feature a discovery centre for children, a town hall and a cafe. 

Historic collection of LGBTQIA+ books donated to university library

BBC News | 23 January 2020

A historic collection of LGBTQIA+ books has been donated to the London University's Senate House Library, UK. The collection was donated after the death of Jonathan Cutbill, a founder of Gay's The Word bookshop, and includes novels, pamphlets and newspapers, including a copy of every issue of Gay News


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.  

National Library for Librarians Webinar

National Library of Australia | 14 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free webinar National Library for Librarians Webinar at 1:00pm AEDT on 14 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

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 along with 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.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Conference 2020

Networked Digital Libraries of Theses and Dissertations | 16–18 November 2020
The Electronic Theses and Dissertations Conference 2020 is calling for papers. The theme for the conference is 'Discovery, data, and dates'. The call for papers closes 1 February 2020. For more information see the website. 


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

ALIAVic Trivia Decathlon – Night 1
16 February 2020

ALIAVic Bendigo Tour
21 March 2020
29 January 2020

ALIA National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020

SA Tour – The new Salisbury Community Hub
30 January 2020

#CYSlibchat Uncover something new
13 February 2020

ALIA Schools - Preparing the School Library Annual Report
25 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

Digital Repository Librarian

Employer: NSW Health – Northern Sydney Local Health District
Location: NSW
Closing date: 7 February 2020
To advertise your job in ALIA Weekly contact


Information literacy in the age of algorithms 

Using findings about how students interact with algorithm-driven platforms, this report discusses how information literacy needs to incorporate an understanding of ways that news and information flows are shaped by algorithms. 

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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