As many states are currently in lockdown due to COVID-19. ALIA would like to remind its Members that they can seek financial support through the ALIA Relief Fund.
Have you registered to attend the upcoming ALIA Virtual Showcase on 28 July? ALIA will be speaking with representatives from the Google Chrome Enterprise Team about the future of simple computing and secure management of cloud devices in libraries; and much more. Registrations close 27 July 2021.
ALIA is seeking proposals for ALIA National 2022 that explore the theme of diversity. We want your presentations on your libraries' successes, or struggles, in supporting diversity. Maybe you run great AUSLAN storytime sessions, English language classes or maybe your library goes all-out for IDAHOBIT. Head over to the conference website for further information and to submit your proposal and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is 18 October 2021. Interested parties can also read the ALIA INCITE workforce diversity supplement.
It's not too late to start planning an event for the Australian Reading Hour on 14 September. The event is run as part of the year-long Australia Reads literacy campaign and encourages participants to read for an hour on this day. Libraries in particular are encouraged to host events on the day as they are uniquely positioned to support literacy and a love of reading. Sign your library up today using the online form and let us know how you're celebrating by emailing email@example.com.
Have you read the July/August 2021 issue of ALIA's INCITE magazine? This digital only, free to read issue features an update on Professional Pathways; wrap-up articles on ALIA campaigns and much more.
The first meeting of the Professional Pathways Board was held on Monday 5 July and confirmed the strategic direction of the initiative. You can read the take home messages on the ALIA website.
Library staff who have undertaken ALIA's digital health literacy training program can now move into the next phase and run digital health literacy community programs in their libraries. We ask that all participating libraries run their community engagement sessions between now and the end of 2021. If you have not yet participated in the program, you can now access the online training program.
ALIA Members are encouraged to join the new ALIA Disability group. Interested parties can also subscribe to the group alert by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALIA has commissioned a team from Charles Sturt University to carry out a Greening Libraries research project, which will underpin ALIA’s new sustainability drive, in line with the Association’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. The research team is made up of Dr Jane Garner, Dr Kasey Garrison, Dr Sabine Wardle and Associate Professor Karen Bell. Their report is scheduled for publication at the beginning of November.
Recently ALIA has been sending out information about the new ALIA website and database. This new website will make your membership easier and more convenient to manage, and will make information more findable for all our website users. More information will be coming out in the lead-up to the launch on 23 August. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
Read the latest article from the ALIA Sustainable Libraries Group, Four reasons to feel exuberance about the future. You can read all their back articles on the website.