ALIA Weekly Volume 8  Issue 1–08 January 2020  
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8  Issue 1–08 January 2020  



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ALIA’s response to the ongoing bushfire crisis

ALIA | 2 January 2020 

ALIA has released this response to the ongoing bushfire crisis which acknowledges the way library staff step up to help their communities when natural disasters strike, showing compassion and dedication, often while facing challenging situations in their own homes. It also advises Members who wish to provide support to donate money to the Red Cross Appeal. Additionally, if your library has been impacted and there is something we can do immediately please contact ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher. If you fear your library is at risk, you can find more information about disaster preparation and planning on the ALIA website.

Australian book industry raises money for bushfire appeal

As large parts of the nation continue to be affected by the bushfire crisis authors on Twitter have been raising money for the appeal via the campaign #AuthorsForFireys. Creators are auctioning off their works and skills for donations to the bushfire appeal. For more information see the website. 

ALIA Board take home messages

ALIA | 9 December 2019

The ALIA Board has created some take home messages after the Association's 9 December 2019 meeting. 

Updated ALIA policies

ALIA | 2019

Throughout 2019, ALIA worked on updating its policies including its role in education of library and information professionals.

Write for INCITE 

 ALIA | 14 January 2020 

ALIA is seeking submissions for the March/April issue of INCITE, the theme is 'leadership'. The deadline is 14 January 2020. For more information see the website or contact

Uncover something new 

ALIA | 14 February 2020

Library Lovers' Day 2020, 14 February, is an opportunity for library and information professionals across the nation to showcase their libraries. The 2020 theme is Uncover something new and you can download free resources on the ALIA website to help you celebrate the day. 

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. However. due to the smoke affecting Canberra there could be a delay in receiving merchandise as Australia Post is currently operating intermittently in the ACT. For more information see the website.

ALIA seeks your feedback


ALIA is seeking your feedback through two surveys. The Future of LIS Education survey and the ALIA Salary and Workplace Survey 2019. We would love to receive your feedback on these important matters. 

Future Humanities Workforce consultation summary


In May 2019, ALIA submitted a response to the Australian Academy of Humanities Future Humanities Workforce Consultation Paper. The paper has since been published and features quotes from our submission on pages nine and ten. 

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ALIA Children's and Youth Services 

You can now subscribe to the ALIA Children's and Youth Services monthly newsletter Scoop. Subscribe today to keep up to date with all the latest ALIA CYS news. 

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. 

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group seeks National Secretary

ALIA Students and New Graduates Group | 20 January 2020

ALIA's Students and New Graduates Group is seeking applications for its new National Secretary. Applications are open until 20 January 2020. 

Increased access to a Victorian public library declared a success

ABC News 

ABC News has published two articles about Foster Library, VIC, which has recently moved to 24 hour access for pre-approved community members. 

Gunnedah Shire Council, NSW, to lobby for library funding

Naomi Valley Independent | Vanessa Hohnke | 3 January 2020

The Gunnedah Shire Council, NSW, is set to lobby both the Labor and Liberal parties for state funding of public libraries. Additionally, the Council has resolved to become more involved with the NSW Public Libraries Association.

Architect chosen Warrnambool, VIC, library

The Standard | 18 December 2020

The architect for the new library for Warrnambool, VIC, has been selected. Kosloff Architecture will design the next stage of the $20 million library and learning hub.

CAUL and NSLA joint principles for access to licensed digital content

CAUL and NSLA | 26 November 2019

The Council of Australian University Librarians and National and State Libraries Australia have released their updated joint principles for access to licensed digital content

Alice Springs Public Library, NT, lauded as safe haven in hot weather 

The Guardian | Lorena Allam, Nick Evershed and Mike Bowers | 18 December 2019

Alice Springs Public Library, NT, has been praised as a safe haven in hot weather for locals in an article published in The Guardian

Most requested books from Libraries ACT

The Canberra Times | Amy Martin | 2 January 2020

Libraries ACT has been featured in an article in The Canberra Times about the most popular books requested from the service throughout 2019. 

Diamond Valley Library, VIC, set to receive a major upgrade 

Mirage News | 23 December 2019

Diamond Valley Library, VIC, is set to receive an upgrade worth $850,000. The upgrade to the library will include an expanded children's area, improvements to library access and new flexible co-working spaces. 


Updates from IFLA 


There are several ways to get involved with IFLA in 2020. Alongside the Goethe-Institut it is running a survey in order to develop ILFA guidelines for Library Services to Refugees, Immigrants, Migrants and Asylum Seekers. IFLA is also seeking seeking applications for its Green Library Award 2020 which close on 15 January 2020. Additionally, IFLA has highlighted two reports on Human Development Report 2019: What Libraries Should Know and its updated 2019 Trend Report

Design for a new public library in New Zealand approved

Stuff | Cherie Sivignon | 16 December 2019

The design for the new public library at Motueka, New Zealand, has been approved. The library will be designed to be as accessible as possible with gentle ramps, wide corridors and colour to differentiate spaces. 

Library and Archives Canada supporting communities in 2020

Mirage News | 7 January 2020

Library and Archives Canada is set to grant $2.3 million CAD (more than $2.5 million AUD) to support 31 projects by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation organisations in 2020. 

The future of funding for UK public libraries 

CILIP called on the Boris Johnson Government to invest £250m into the nation's library service in late December 2019. Following this call the Chief of the Arts Council has announced that it will soon be publishing its 10-year strategy for the arts which is set to include increased funding for public libraries.

UK public library set to receive upgrade after being slated to shutdown

BBC News | 3 January 2020

The Darlington Library, UK, was set to be shut down in 2019 after the local Council won a High Court challenge against its closure. However, the Council seems to have reversed its decision and the library is rumoured to receive an upgrade worth £2.9 million (more than $5 million AUD). 

Several US library services cease charging late fees

Public library services across the US have chosen to cease charging late fees including services in Illinois; the Lawrence Public Library, Kansas; two library services in Iowa; and Kalamazoo Public Library, Michigan. 

Library fines and the public domain in the US

Forbes has published two articles relevant to library staff one on library services across the US ceasing to charge late fees, and another one about the current state of public domain in the nation. 

US public libraries and the census

Times Union | Kenneth C Crowe II | 15 December 2019

Public libraries in the US are focal points for information in the lead-up to the 2020 US Census. 

Collection of TS Eliot's letters revealed at US university library

The Guardian | Caroline Davies | 2 January 2020

A collection of letters belonging to TS Eliot has been revealed at Princeton University Library, US. The letters contain personal details of the poet's life and relationships. 


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.

CILIP webinar with Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO

 CILIP | 13 January 2020

CILIP is running a free webinar on 'Working Internationally for Libraries: Conversation with Sue McKerracher from ALIA' on 15 January 2020. Registrations close 13 January 2020. 

Getting started at the National Library

National Library of Australia | 22 January 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free event 'Getting Started at the National Library' at 1:00pm AEDT on 22 January 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.  

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 National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020


Libraries and Metadata

ALIA | 16 January 2020

Discoverability is fundamental to managing any collection. Understanding and using metadata effectively ensures your resources are connected, relevant and easily found both on the web and in the broader networked world. Registrations close 16 January 2020. For more information see the website. 

Cataloguing Basics

ALIA | 21 January 2020

The great challenge of this digital age we find ourselves in will be to ensure that what we do – the collection, preservation and management of information is done in a consistent manner which ensures it is accessible in the future. Registrations close 21 January 2020. For more information see the website. 

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. 


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Creative commons for educators and librarians

Produced in collaboration with the American Library Association and Creative Commons, this book offers a background on copyright law, as well as a clear guide to open licensing and open advocacy. 

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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