ALIA Weekly



ALIA’s Annual National Advisory Congress

ALIA’s National Advisory Congress events provide members with ample opportunity for members to participate in discussion on policy, planning and topical issues relevant to the Association. This year is more important than ever before for ALIA Members to take part because we will be discussing the future of the profession. Events are coming up in Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Hobart, Brisbane and Adelaide. If you are unable to make it to a face to face event, there will be a regional teleconference on 3 September.

Greens respond to Library and Information Agenda

ALIA has received a response to the Library and Information Agenda from the Greens. We were pleased to see the Greens outline their continuing support of the library and information sector in their response.

ALIA support for our Fair Deal

Lend your support to the Fair Deal campaign to oppose damaging changes to our copyright laws. Read about the proposed changes being negotiated as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and sign the petition to express your concern.

WA Education Minister announces 500 job cuts

Caitlyn Gribbin ABC 23 August 2013

The WA Education Minister announced this week that 500 jobs will be cut and ALIA has learned school libraries will be affected by the cuts. ALIA will be writing to the Minister.

Advisory Guideline on Reporting Elections

Australian Press Council 27 August 2013

The Australian Press Council has released a reminder to newspapers of their long standing guidelines on election coverage.

No Coalition policy on data retention or copyright infringement

Josh Taylor ZDNet 26 August 2013

Both Labor and the Coalition will be heading into the Federal Election 7 September without policies on mandatory data retention or copyright infringement.

The 2013 Reading Hour 

Love2Read would like to thank all of our friends, partners and ambassadors for their help in celebrating the 2013 Reading Hour. From tales by torchlight and bookish sausage sizzles, to books on the Big Screen at Federation Square, thousands of children and families around the country shared stories together and showed their support for a reading Australia. Don't forget you have until 7 September to enter the COWZAT! competition to win an iPad mini or a story time with Tim Ferguson. 

Reading together after kids start school is still important

Deborah Gough The Age 27 August 2013

A Galaxy poll of Australian parents found only 23 percent of parents read to their child every day.

Penguin Random House experiment with TV series

Shelia Shayon Brand Channel 19 August 2013

Following the Penguin Random House merger, the company is experimenting with TV, film and gaming as marketing tools.

Tracked from the moment you wake

Lucy Battersby Sydney Morning Herald 24 August 2013

Lucy Battersby questions "what has happened to our privacy".

Shared Leadership Program

State Library of Victoria website

Applications are now open for participants for the Victorian Shared Leadership Program.

Campaign for quality school libraries in Australia

The Hub 26 August 2013

The creators of the Hub have outlined crucial concerns of unaddressed items from the Libraries and Teacher Librarians in 21st Century Australia report for federal candidates.

Resume and Key Selection Criteria Workshop

Recordings from the ALIA New greads Resume and Key Selection Criteria Workshop.

How librarians survived the search engine

Jim Barlow-Oregon Futurity 8 August 2013  

A new study analysed 22 years of journal articles about the internet that were written for and by US librarians. 

A new generation of librarians evolve through IT

Katie Jacobs Penn State University News 6 August 2013

Penn State University explains how they are digitising and preserving their collections to prepare for the future of librarianship.

Indigenous language documents unearthed 

Deborah Rice ABC News 27 August 2013

The State Library of New South Wales have discovered the accounts of early contact between Aboriginals and European settlers, which were unearthed during a forensic search of papers filed in the basement of the colonial building.

The pitfalls of using online and social data in big data analysis

Renne Boucher Ferguson MIT Sloan review 17 July 2013

Recent research suggests using big data, particularly social media data, can lead to a biased representation of the data based on societal factors.

You can't own an electronic copy of the Oxford English Dictionary

Cory Doctrow  Boing Boing 24 August 2013

The Oxford English Dictionary and Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary are only available in digital format as monthly rentals.

Copyright guru claims 'fair use' to fight YouTube

John Ribeiro ARN 23 August 2013

A YouTube video lecture was removed  because of alleged copyright infringements. The videos creator has filed a lawsuit which will test the ‘fair use’ doctrine.

University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures

The Guardian 22 August 2013

The University of Queensland’s Ipswich Campus Library has made it into The Guardian’s top list of interesting university libraries.

ALIA QLD Mini-conference call for papers

This is an excellent chance for new speakers and students to try out presenting at a conference. The theme is Partnerships & Connections, the deadline for submissions is 13 September.

Your health cience library buildings

The Journal of the Medical Library Association is calling for articles to feature in their annual column on health sciences library buildings. For the 2014 column, they would like to feature international library remodels or new constructions.  

Expressions of interest for new Group Committee Members

The ALIA Pathways committee are stepping down and hoping that there are 3 or 4 members who would be willing to take on these roles.  If you are interested in promoting the profile of Information Literacy in Libraries and the wider community, and have some ideas for discussion or activities which other members of the IL community might find interesting, please contact Beryl Pedvin


ALIA congratulates Heather Gordon on being elected President of CAUL for 2014-2015.

Today ALIA farewells our Administrative Assistant Laura Power, we wish Laura all the best with her future.

IFLA announcements
Eve Woodbury (University of New England) has been elected Resource Person and Trish Hepworth (Australian Digital Alliance) Australian Representative for the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee.


The most playful libraries in the world

Alison Nastasi Flavorwire 21 April 2013

Take a look at these really fun libraries and their design.

Sculptural masterpieces made from old books

Maria Popova Brain Pickings website

The book Art Made from Books looks at some the amazing artwork.


Bookshelfies website

The latest tumblr craze is ‘bookshelfies’, a selfie taken in front of your bookshelf.


Reskilling for Research

In response to the 2012 Research Libraries UK (RLUK) report in to the role and skills of subject and liaison librarians required to effectively support the evolving information needs of researchers, a one-day workshop has been developed for ALIA Training. Includes bibliometrics, eresearch, data management, open access issues and useful online and social media apps and tools.
Wed 18 September register by 4 September 2013

RDA for Practitioners - October
The need to address the challenges of the digital world and metadata users has lead to the development of the new cataloguing record standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access, to replace AACR2.ALIA Training offers a three week online course to provide an overview and understanding of the changes RDA implementation will bring.
Study anywhere, anytime. The course is offered in partnership with TAFESA.
14 Oct – 1 Nov Register by 30 Sept

Outside the Box: providing access to special collections

Analysing and describing information resources beyond the catalogue
How does the information specialist provide effective access to small specialist collections – local history collections, realia, ephemera -- for which traditional catalogue access is not relevant? The course will explore the functions of indexes and the tailoring of the indexing fields to the searching requirements of the user. You will explore metadata. You will learn how to write effective abstracts. You will learn about a range of existing thesauri, and how to choose the most suitable one for your collection.
14 Oct – 22 Nov
Register by 30 September

Also check out the Catching the Third Wave: digital repositories

For more information about these courses (and to register)

ALIA Members get great free PD ideas each month in PD Postings.


Community Grants

NSW | Closing date: 31 August 2013

Community Grants

District Douncil of Karoonda East Murray SA | Closing date: 30 September 2013

Community Grants

Swan Hill Rural Council VIC |Closing date: 13 September 2013

Community Grants

Cassowary Coast Regional Council QLD | Closing date: 21 October 2013

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

National | Closing date: 16 April 2014


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Call for country coordinators

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. The next round of partnerships will commence in September 2013. Applications close at midnight tonight.

Libraries Australia Forum

With the theme What it Means to be in the Cloud the annual Libraries Australia Forum will be held on the 31 October from 9 am – 4.30 pm. The Forum is a showcase of the developments in the past year. During the forum, highlights of the service are demonstrated, the Annual Report is presented and future directions are discussed. Delegates have the opportunity to informally meet and discuss aspects of the service with Libraries Australia staff. During the day, service specific sessions are run, allowing for open examination of issues and discussions of workflows. The cost is $200, click here to register for the event.


Call for contributions to the 10th HLI 2013 conference program

The 10th HLI Conference will be held at the State Library of Victoria on Friday 18 October 2013. Addressing the theme Health Libraries #viral, contributions can be in either a case study (5-10 minutes) or presentation (up to 30 minutes) format. Send your details, a brief abstract and intended format for your presentation to Jane Edwards by 30 August. As a contributor/presenter your conference registration is paid for by HLI. For further information please visit the HLInc 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.

SA National Advisory Congress
29 August 2013 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Venue: Hetzel Theatre, State Library of South Australia

Library Career Soiree
30 August 2013 6 pm
Venue: A Bite to Eat, Shop 8 Eggleston Crescent, Chifley ACT

NAC Regional Teleconference
3 September 2013 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

4 September 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: National Library of Australia

QLD National Advisory Congress
10 September 2013
Venue: QUT Garden Point Campus

ACT National Advisory Congress
10 September 2013
Venue: Ferguson Room National Library of Australia

Interview skills workshop
18 September 2013
Venue: RMIT University Melbourne

Libraries and Social Media Workshop 2013
20 September 2013
The ALIA University Research Libraries (ACT) Group are planning their annual seminar and for 2013 the theme is Social Media.

Unnamed unconference
19 October 2013
Venue: TAFE NSW Newcastle campus

Link by Link: Data Integration and Evolving Web- ACOC Seminar 2013
01 November 2013
This seminar will consider the next steps in positioning libraries for a future on the web.


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