ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 15–15 April 2020  
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Supporting Australian authors

ALIA | April 2020

ALIA applauds the support many libraries have already shown for local authors, publishers and book suppliers through their ‘weed and seed’ approach and encourages others to use this time of library building closures not only to have their staff remove outdated titles but also to order new books. ALIA has launched the webpages ‘Supporting Australian authors through COVID-19’ and ‘Online author events’, which features creators who are able to deliver their talks, workshops and other programs online for library users.

ALIA COVID-19 Relief Fund

ALIA | April 2020

The ALIA Relief Fund, designed to help Members who are experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has already received donations worth $2,500 and we have been able to assist four Members. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact us at There is also an option for Members who are renewing their membership to add a donation to the fund at the same time. 

Message from the ALIA Board

ALIA Board | 9 April 2020

The ALIA Board has released a further message in regards to COVID-19.  

While many organisations have closed their doors and reduced services, we can assure you that your Association continues to be highly active on your behalf. The ALIA House team and our State Managers are mainly working from home, but a few staff remain at the office, to keep the building open for those of our tenants who remain on site.

Training and professional development has moved online, and the teams are producing more resources to enable our Members to take advantage of down time to refresh their knowledge and skills. ALIA Connects is up and running, with lots of ways of keeping connected with library colleagues during lockdown. ‘After work drinks’ began last Friday, takes place this evening and continues every Friday from 5pm, thanks to our ALIA State Managers, who are the perfect hosts, with ALIA Directors on screen, keen to hear what’s happening in your area.

New for this week, the copyright agreement for virtual storytimes has been extended to school libraries, which were previously operating under the Statutory Education Licence. Australian publishers and authors have been terrific supporters of libraries at this time, despite experiencing tough times with sales through bookshops taking a tumble. Next week we will be launching a couple of new initiatives in partnership with the Australian Society of Authors to help Australian writers and illustrators generate income at this difficult time. We will keep you posted about other activities through ALIA Weekly every Wednesday and INCITE, which will land in your in-box at the start of May.

Financial hardship has affected every sector and we are pleased to say that the ALIA Relief Fund now stands at over $11,300 – a big thank you to the Members who have already topped up the ALIA Board’s original seed funding of $10,000. This week, our Board sub-committee signed off on the first payment. The $500 went to someone who had a casual position at a university library but was stood down at the end of March. We’re particularly concerned about casual workers, especially as in the library sector, very few organisations are covered by the federal government JobKeeper stimulus package and Child Care payments. We support the Australian Local Government Association and the unions in their lobbying for councils to be included in these schemes.

Our membership team is at the other end of an email during normal business hours, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and you can reach us through

Although it is hard for everyone at this time, we would like to wish you a Happy Easter. With so many other activities shut down, we hope you can curl up with a good book and a favourite chocolate indulgence.

Robert Knight, ALIA President, and Viv Barton, ALIA Vice-President

ALIA Annual General Meeting

ALIA Annual General Meeting | 4 May 2020

ALIA President Robert Knight and the ALIA Board of Directors invite Members to join them for the 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM). Given the COVID-19 restrictions on public meetings, the AGM will be held as an online meeting at 6:00pm AEST on 4 May 2020. ALIA Members who cannot attend the online meeting are encouraged to contribute to the process by submitting your proxy. To send your apologies, please contact ALIA via email or phone 1800 020 071. Further information about the AGM agenda is available on the ALIA website

ALIA Connects

ALIA | April 2020

ALIA has created the webpage ALIA Connects which is full of ideas and suggested activities for remaining in contact with your colleagues and the wider GLAMR community during the pandemic.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 merchandise

ALIA | 27 May 2020

ALIA's annual event National Simultaneous Storytime will still be running this year on 27 May 2020. However, due to COVID-19 it will be held as a virtual event. To help everyone celebrate the day, ALIA has created two new merchandise packs, one for caregivers at home and one for library professionals, teachers and early age educators. For more information see the website. 

Library and Information Week 2020

ALIA | 25-31 May 2020

Library and Information Week, running 25-31 May 2020, is coming up soon and you can still participate virtually. Encourage your users to engage with your library's online resources and show off what they have created and/or learned. For more information see the website. 

Host a virtual storytime at your library

Books Create Australia  

Thanks to a copyright agreement negotiated by ALIA, public libraries across the nation have hosted virtual storytimes including Libraries ACT, Canberra; Riverina Regional Library Service, NSW; City of Palmerston Library, NT; Fraser Coast Libraries, QLD; Adelaide City Libraries, SA; Geelong Regional Libraries, VIC; and Broome Public Library, WA. If your library has hosted a virtual storytime let us know at

ALIA Information Online 2021 Conference

ALIA Information Online 2021 | 24 April 2020

The call for proposals for ALIA Information Online 2021 is closing soon on 24 April 2020. You can learn more on the conference website. 

Nominate someone for an ALIA Award today

ALIA | 30 June 2020

ALIA is seeking nominations for several awards including its HCL Anderson Award; the Metcalfe Award; and the Redmond Barry Award. Nominations for these awards close on 30 June 2020. For more information see the website today.


ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics | 13 April 2020

ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics has published the first of its #CreatorsAssemble video series where they speak with creators about all things comics and libraries. 

ALIA submissions in February/March 2020


ALIA's submissions in response to the National Heath Information Strategy online consultation; the revision of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023; the Australian Government review of Australian classification regulation; and the review of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index ADII 2.0 can now all be read on the ALIA website

Information Awareness Month 2020

Information Awareness Month | 1 May 2020

Information Awareness Month, of which ALIA is a founder organiser, aims to increase public awareness of information and its place in all aspects of daily life. The theme for 2020 is 'Informed about your changing environment'. You can take part in the free online event launch at 11:00am AEST on 1 May 2020

Ageism in the time of COVID-19

Every Age Counts Coalition | April 2020

The Every Age Counts Coalition, of which ALIA is a member, has published the statement 'Ageism in the time of COVID-19'. The coalition has also made a joint statement of solidarity between the generations with EveryChild

Public libraries continue to support their patrons 

Public libraries have been recognised in news articles including Launceston Library, TAS; Mount Gambier Library and Port Pirie Regional Library both in SA; Bundaberg Regional Libraries, QLD; City of Melbourne Libraries, VIC; and these NSW libraries Grenfell LibraryMoree LibraryQueanbeyan-Palerang LibrariesArmidale Regional Library, Cessnock City Library; and Nambucca Valley Council Libraries. Libraries have also been recognised in this article published in Government News and this article published in ABC Central Victoria

State library react to the pandemic

Australia's state libraries are reacting to COVID-19 by promoting their online resources and collecting historical items pertinent to the pandemic. These libraries include the State Library of SA; the State Library of NSW; and the State Library VIC

An update from the National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia

The application date for Fellowships at the National Library of Australia has been extended until 29 May 2020. For more information see the webpage. Dr Shirleene Robinson, Senior Curator Oral History and Indigenous Programs, was interviewed by ABC Radio Canberra about the library's oral histories describing the 1919-1920 Influenza Pandemic. 

From the Frontlines 

Australasian Institute of Digital Health | 24 April 2020

ALIA is pleased to support the upcoming virtual conference From the Frontlines, run by the Australasian Institute of Digital Health. The conference takes place at 9:00am AEST on 24 April 2020 and features engaging presentations by healthcare professionals. The full program can be seen on the website. 

World Libraries Respond 

World Libraries Respond | April 2020

Melissa Gross AALIA, has created the website World Libraries Respond which features information on how international libraries have reacted to COVID-19. 

Support for council workers in NSW

The Sydney Morning Herald | Nick Bonyhady and Angus Thompson | 14 April 

NSW Council workers, including those working in libraries, are set to receive financial support if they are entirely stood down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This support will be made available to fulltime staff, who will be paid $858.20 a week for three months after an initial period of four weeks' paid special leave, however casuals cannot access the payments.

The Great Story Swap

Indigenous Literacy Foundation | 2 September 2020

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is once again hosting the Great Story Swap, set to occur on 2 September 2020, where participants swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation to raise money for the foundation. For more information see the website. 

Reading and learning at home during COVID-19

Several organisations are providing video and audio content for caregivers and their children during COVID-19. These organisations include Story Box Library, Redgum Book Club, and BorrowBox

CBCA Book Week 2020

Children's Book Council of Australia | 17-23 October 2020

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced the new dates for Book Week as 17-23 October 2020. The theme for week is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. For more information see the website. 

COVID-19's impact on the arts

National Association for the Visual Arts  

The National Association for the Visual Arts is seeking information on how COVID-19 has affected artists and art organisations. You can contribute by completing the survey. For more information see the website. 

Free ebook platform to use during the pandemic 

Ulverscroft Australia | 31 July 2020

Ulverscroft Australia is providing a free ebook support platform to all libraries until 31 July 2020. The platform includes 500 popular titles and simultaneous loan access. For more information see the website. 

Stella Prize 2020

Stella Prize 2020 | 14 April 2020

The winner of the Stella Prize 2020 is Jess Hill for her book See What You Made Me Do. The Guardian has published an article about the win and you can tune into the online conversation between Jess and the judging panel for the award at 6:15pm AEST on 20 April 2020.


New website for the Open Preservation Foundation

Open Preservation Foundation | April 2020

The Open Preservation Foundation has launched its new website, full of resources that you can access while at home. 

A virtual book club at the New York Public Library

Time Out/In | Collier Sutter | 6 April 2020

The New York Public Library has partnered with a public radio station to launch a virtual book club. The first book off the rank is Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Watch Change the Subject

VT PBS | 19 December 2020

The documentary featuring the efforts of Dartmouth College, US, students to rename prejudiced meta-data labels at their university can now be watched for free until 19 December 2020. 

Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project

Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project | 1 June 2020

The call for proposals for Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project have opened and close on 1 June 2020. The project aims to create an open access edited volume on how library and information professionals engage with Wikipedia. 


Do you have a photograph from ALIA Group online 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


COVID-19 update

ALIA has asked ALIA Groups to postpone, cancel or run activities via videoconference. The events listed below can be attended and supported from home. 
What's On lists ALIA events, ALIA group events and free library and information sector activities for the benefit of ALIA Members.

World Intellectual Property Day 2020

World Intellectual Property Organization | 26 April 2020

ALIA is pleased to support World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2020. ALIA has cosigned a letter calling for the safeguarding of cultural heritage. 

Free online safety presentations

Be Connected | 27 April 2020

Be Connected is running a free online presentation on staying safe online on 27 April 2020. For more information see the website. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day | 15 June 2020

ALIA is pleased to support World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June 2020. 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 and Information Week 2020
25–31 May 2020

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
27 May 2020




Readers' advisory

 ALIA | 21 April 2020

Readers’ advisory is a core skill for those working in public and school libraries. Readers’ advisors assist readers in finding the right book for the right time or right mood, provide guidance in trying new authors, themes, and genres, and provide programs and services to promote reading, literacy and library use. Registrations close 21 April 2020. For more information see the website.

Community Engagement

ALIA | 8 May 2020

Community engagement is the collaboration between an organisation and the community they serve. For libraries and information services to remain relevant they need to be proactive and connect with those communities. This is applicable to all types of libraries and information services. Registrations close 8 May 2020. For more information see the website.

Cataloguing basics

ALIA | 4 August 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. Cataloguing remains one of the best tools we have to guarantee that information, irrespective of its format or content, can be accessed. Registrations close 4 August 2020. For more information see the website. 


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How people read online: new and old findings

Do we read or just scan when we are reading online? Looking back over the findings from five eyetracking studies, a report traces how online reading behaviours have or have not changed.

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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