ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 9–4 March 2020
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 9–4 March 2020



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ALIA Board elections 2020


Your votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that Clare Thorpe has been elected as the Institutional Director and Stefanie Gaspari, Justine Hyde and Emily Wilson have been elected as Directors. The new Directors will take up their positions following the ALIA Annual General Meeting to be held on the evening of Monday 4 May 2020 in conjunction with the ALIA National 2020 Conference. Thank you to all Candidates, and congratulations to those who were successful. 31% of Members voted. For more information see the website. 

An agile, flexible future for ALIA

ALIA | 4 March 2020

ALIA's move into a new building in Canberra in 1990 - 9-11 Napier Close, Deakin - was a major step for the Association. Over the years, ALIA Directors have debated the merits of retaining the building as the Association's main asset. After consultation with an Advisory Committee of long-term ALIA members and senior library leaders, the ALIA Board has made the decision to progress with the sale of the building. The property will be listed for sale in May 2020. For more information see the website. 

ALIA Book Club at National 2020


Join us for our very first ALIA National Book Club where we will be reading Dark Emu written by Bruce Pascoe, the opening keynote speaker. Everyone is welcome to join and don't forget to register for the conference to hear Bruce Pascoe speak. Participants can also download the book club poster

Help us to reach 1,800 responses for the Salary and Workplace survey

 ALIA | 6 March 2020

ALIA has had more than 1,750 responses to its inaugural Salary and Workplace survey, and we need your help to reach 1,800. This survey aims to provide a snapshot of salaries of people working in the library sector in order to provide a credible benchmark in terms of salaries, employment conditions and qualifications. The deadline for responses is 6 March 2020. 

Leadership & Innovation Forums 2020

ALIA | 19 March 2020  

Registrations are now open for the 2020 Northern Territory Leadership & Innovation Forum, register by 19 March 2020. These forums are intended to connect ALIA Members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR sector. For more information see the website. 

INCITE March/April 2020

ALIA | 1 March 2020

The March/April issue of INCITE has been released, the theme for this issue is leadership. The free to read article is Leading a greener library. For more information see the website. 

Recently completed your LIS studies?


New graduates can take advantage of a special deal and receive a 10% discount on their first year of new graduate membership. To use this offer join here and enter the code 'READY20' in the payment details screen. This offer is valid until 31 March 2019 and does not apply to monthly payments. 

ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics

ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics 

ALIA has a new group, ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics which is intended to be a resource and network for library and information professionals who are responsible for, and interested in, comics and graphic novels. Take a look at the website if you would like to join. 

ALIA joins the EveryAge Counts coalition 


ALIA is pleased to announce that it has joined the EveryAge Counts coalition. The coalition aims to tackle ageism faced by older Australians through a grassroots campaign. For more information see the website. 

ALIA submissions 


In 2019, ALIA submitted responses to the Infrastructure Australia Audit, the review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards; and the WA Inquiry into Local Government. These submissions can now be read on the website. 

Fundraising push for Tatura Library, VIC

Shepparton News | Charmayne Allison | 2 March 2020

A fundraising campaign has been launched to upgrade Tatura Library in Victoria. The library is hoping to raise $100,000. 

Mosman Library Service, NSW, launches new literacy program

The Sector | Freya Lucas | 26 February  2020

The Mosman Library Service, NSW, is running the early literacy program, ‘1,000 Books Before School’ which was a statewide initiative in Victoria. 

Restructure of the National Library of Australia

The Canberra Times | Adrian Rollins | 28 February  2020

The National Library of Australia is currently undergoing a restructure of its staffing and operations. 

Innovative libraries from around the world

Newsweek | Laura Power | 27 February  2020

Newsweek has lauded some of the most innovative libraries from around the world, including the Macquarie University Library in Sydney which was praised for its sustainable construction. 

ARA Historical Prize 2020

ARA Historical Prize 2020 | Elizabeth Storrs | 2 March 2020

The Historical Novel Society Australasia has launched the ARA Historical Prize 2020. Submissions open on 1 May and close 30 June 2020. For more information see the website. 

State Library Victoria massively increases storage space

ABC Ballarat | Emma Nobel | 28 February  2020

The State Library Victoria has unveiled a new facility near Ballarat, VIC, which includes an additional 30km of storage space. 

FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush

The Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun | 29 February  2020

Rare collection items from the State Library of NSW will be visiting the Bellingen area as part of the library's FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush initiative. 

Libraries support recovery after the bushfires

Libraries across the nation provided support during the bushfire crisis and that support has continued after the fires have been extinguished. Notably, the Old Braidwood Library, NSW, is functioning as a bushfire recovery information and referral centre; and Lithgow Library, NSW, is functioning as a drop-in centre for bushfire affected people. 

ABC Reference Library team assist in creating podcast

ABC Backstory | 29 February  2020

The ABC Reference Library team assisted in the creation of a podcast, The Eleventh, about former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's dismissal. The team located key newspaper clippings from the 1960s which provided valuable information for the podcast. 

Upgrade to Belgrave Library, VIC

Mirage News | 27 February 2020

The Belgrave Library, VIC, is set to receive an upgrade worth $450,000. The upgrade will include improved exterior spaces, a modern service desk and ‘zoned’ areas. 

2020 Deadly Digital Communities program

Mirage News | 23 February 2020

Applications for the 2020 Deadly Digital Communities program are now open. The program, run by the State Library of Queensland, provides funding up to $10,000 to host programs that encourage people to gain confidence and skills in accessing digital technologies. Applications close 27 March 2020. 

A new library for Comet State School, QLD

CQ News | 25 February 2020

Comet State School, QLD, has recently opened its new school library. 

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2020

Speech Pathology Australia | 27 March 2020

Nominations for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2020 have opened and nominations close 27 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

Western Sydney University scholarship opportunities 

Western Sydney University | 31 March 2020

Western Sydney University, NSW, is seeking applicants for two scholarships: Libraries and Social Inclusion: Re-Reading the Past to Inform Future Policy and The Early History of the State Library of New South Wales. Applications for these scholarships close on 31 March 2020. 


IFLA 2020 Honours and Awards

 IFLA | 6 March 2020

The deadline for the IFLA 2020 Honours and Awards nominations has been extended until 6 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Historical Society to merge

The New York Times | Jennifer Schuessler | 27 February 2020

The Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Historical Society are set to merge. Under the new plan the library will become the parent institute of the historical society, and the society will house the library's Brooklyn collection

Library fines and US libraries 

Several public libraries across the US are ceasing to charge late fees for collection items. These libraries include the Niles-Maine District Library in Illinois and the Mason County District Library in Michigan. 

In praise of the Calgary Central Library in Alberta, Canada

Daily Beast | Brandon Withrow | 29 February 2020

The Calgary Central Library in Alberta, Canada, has been praised by the Daily Beast for its architecture and interior. 

San Diego Library, US, will no longer function as a depository for federal documents

The San Diego Union-Tribune | David Garrick | 26 February 2020

The San Diego Library, US, has announced that it will no longer function as an official depository for federal public documents. 

The future of libraries

Book Riot | Giovanna Centeno | 26 February 2020

A recent article published in Book Riot has ruminated on the future of libraries. The article features details about the Future Library Project in Norway and other projects. 

Protest libraries in India

OZY | Maroosha Muzaffar | 26 February 2020

In the midst of social unrest in India, protest libraries are popping up over the country. These libraries are run by volunteers and contain books intended to educate members of the population about current issues. 

Work and study in Germany


BI-International is offering grants for library and information professionals to work and study in Germany. For more information see the website. 

Call to action: public libraries and the opioid crisis

OCLC | Scott Allen, Larra Clark, Michele Coleman et al | 26 February 2020

OCLC has released the guide Call to action: public libraries and the opioid crisis. The guide features information about how US public libraries are supporting their communities through the opioid crisis. 


ACT 2020 Leadership & Innovation Forum

ALIA | 27 February 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the ACT 2020 Leadership & Innovation Forum. The night featured talks from experts including Dr Marie-Louise Ayres Director General, National Library of Australia; Vanessa Little Director, Libraries ACT; and Craig Middleton Curator, National Museum of Australia. The event was hosted by Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO. 
Pictured: attendees at the ACT 2020 Leadership & Innovation Forum.

ALIA Membership Awards

ALIA | 27 February 2020 

Ebe Kartus and Margarita Moreno were both presented with ALIA Membership awards, at the 2020 ACT Leadership & Innovation Forum, which reflected their continued membership with ALIA for 25 years. 
Pictured left to right: Ebe Kartus and Margarita Moreno. 

GLAM Peak and Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers breakfast

ALIA was represented at the recent GLAM Peak and Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers breakfast by ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher. The breakfast generated valuable discussions about the future of the GLAM industry and publishing. 
Pictured left to right: Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP; Alicia Payne MP; Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP; Senator the Hon Kim Carr; Luke Gosling OAM, MP; Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy; David Fricker Director-General, National Archives of Australia; and Senator James Paterson. 

Welcome Jeannine Hooper

ALIA would like to welcome Jeannine Hooper to the South Australia State Manager position. Jeannine was the SA State Manager some years back, and has most recently been working as a LIS educator with TAFESA. Jeannine will recommence with us 17 March, and will jump straight in with the organisation of the SA Leadership and Innovation Forum.

Helen Hopper to manage Edith Cowan University's Archives 

Archivist Helen Hopper has been appointed to manage Edith Cowan University’s Archives. Ms Hopper has worked in archives internationally including roles at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and Australian National University and Noel Butlin Archives Centre. For more information see the website. 
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What's On lists ALIA events, ALIA group events and free library and information sector activities for the benefit of ALIA Members.

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. 

The Idea of the University

National Library of Australia | 17 March 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free talk The Idea of the University on 17 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

First Nations Wikipedia edit-a-thon

City of Sydney Library | 21 March 2020

You can join City of Sydney Library, NSW, in a First Nations Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 21 March 2020, led by Kirsten Thorpe, Nathan 'Mudyi' Sentance, and experienced Wikipedia editor Kathryn Barwick. For more information see the website. 

Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

Institute for Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage | 6 April 2020

The Institute for Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage is running a course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. Registrations close 6 April 2020. For more information see the website. 

International Summit: Global Eyes on Information

Information Awareness Month | 28–30 April 2020

Registrations are open for the free International Summit: Global Eyes On Information, running 28–30 April 2020, at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. The summit is part of Information Awareness Month, of which ALIA is a founder organiser. 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. Libraries which wish to participate can download the free bookmarks and posters. 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.


ALIA CRR (Canberra and Region Retirees) Connect and Chat
4 March 2020

ALIA Schools – 'Students Need School Libraries' Seminar
14 March 2020

Library as Place: Designing for Community
16 March 2020

ALIAVic Trivia Decathlon – Night 2
17 March 2020

ALIAVic Bendigo Tour
21 March 2020


Library and Information Week 2020
25–31 May 2020

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
27 May 2020

ALIA Membership Pin Presentation Evening (NSW)
4 March 2020

LARK 2020 Symposium – Information for Learning
22 April 2020

ALIA National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020

WALT lunch
14 March 2020


Libraries and homelessness

ALIA | 17 March 2020

Libraries today play a key role in embracing diverse community and supporting social justice, and yet we often fall behind or lack clear strategies when dealing with certain marginalised sections of our communities – including those experiencing homelessness. Registrations close 17 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

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.

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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Be the goose: on barriers, roadblocks and finding your way in LIS

Speaking at VALA2020, Cecily Walker discusses some of the barriers she and other multiply marginalised librarians have experienced as they move through the profession, and shares how she found an unlikely role model thanks to a video game about a little white goose. The talk runs for 57 minutes and the transcript can be read on the website. 

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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