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July 2020

APLAnews is a free monthly bulletin for everyone who works to support and promote Australia's public library services. We'd love to hear news and comments from readers - contact details are at the end of this newsletter. Please feel free to pass APLAnews on to your colleagues. Permission is granted to re-broadcast, in part or in full, please acknowledge the source if you do so. 

ALIA news
State and territory news
Other news 
International news
Campaigns, events and programming ideas
Professional learning
Conferences, exhibitions and events dates

A survey undertaken by ALIA shows that public libraries across Australia worked hard to meet, and exceed, patron needs during the nation-wide lockdown in April 2020. While public library buildings were physically closed, library workers continued to provide services including virtual storytimes, click and collect services and online membership.The full report can be read on the ALIA website.

There are many great authors listed on ALIA's webpage, who are looking to connect with libraries to create online events and programs. Check it out today to find an author to speak virtually at your library. 

Following the demand earlier this year, ALIA is continuing the opportunity for our Institutional Members to receive three issues of our monthly PD Postings enewsletter (July, August and September) at the cost of $360. For the same price as one ALIA personal Membership, you can provide your entire staff with access to the most current PD content across the LIS sector. The offer also includes access to the PD Postings archive.

The ALIA New Graduates Advisory Committee is seeking respondents from early career GLAM professionals who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for responses is 5 August 2020. 

The Office for the Australian Information Commissioner has published its guidance for businesses collecting personal information for contact tracing. 

The Australian Council of Professionals is running a survey to understand what has changed for Australian workers with regards to their skills needs since the onset of COVID-19. 

IFLA has published the articles: Tell us how you missed us: How user testimonials are supporting library advocacy in Australia and Germanywhich praises both ALIA and the German Library Association for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Five library values that should matter in a post-pandemic worldYou can also respond to its survey on how libraries are serving marginalised people during the pandemic

The National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe has shared updated findings from 22 European countries regarding the way that COVID-19 affected public library services up until July 2020. 
ALIA news

Renew your ALIA membership today to keep taking advantage of Member benefits, and to support the industry. Questions can be directed to Additionally, ALIA supports and encourages its Members to undertake ongoing professional learning, and from 1 July 2020, all new Associate, Library Technician and Allied Field Members will be automatically enrolled in the ALIA PD Scheme. 

In ALIA conference news, early-bird registrations for ALIA Information Online 2021 close 7 September. Register today to take advantage of the great early-bird price. The theme for the conference is Access or Control. Help yourself navigate the extensive world of digital media by attending ALIA's half day virtual event on media literacy on 3 September 2020. Register by 2 September, to listen and engage with attributed industry professionals as they discuss relevant trending topics and issues in the digital media world. 

In ALIA awards news, you can nominate a great Library Technician for the ALIA Library Technician of the Year Award, nominations close 14 August 2020. Alternatively, if you work in a newly built or refurbished library you can nominate your library for the Australian Library Design Awards 2021. The awards, run by ALIA, celebrate library design excellence. Libraries which had work completed between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2020 are eligible for entry under one of four award categories: School libraries, Academic libraries, Public libraries and Special libraries. Nominations close 23 October 2020. The awards are presented in partnership with Architecture AU, Raeco and the State Library of Queensland.

You can read the joint ALIA-IFLA submission for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review in Australia.

ALIA is pleased to once again support National Scams Awareness Week, running from 17-21 August 2020. This year’s campaign will focus on scams and identity theft, and is run by the Scams Awareness Network. 

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State and territory news

Public libraries 

National and State Libraries Australia has released its Australian Public Libraries Statistical Report for 2018-2019.

Public libraries across the nation were featured in news articles including these NSW libraries, Armidale Regional Library, Bathurst LibraryBarry O’Keefe Library, Cessnock City Library, Fairfield LibraryGeorges River LibrariesGrenfell Library, Gunnedah Shire LibraryHawkesbury Library ServiceKurri Kurri LibraryLiverpool City LibraryMacquarie Regional Library, Marrickville LibraryNambucca Library, Orange City LibrariesPort Macquarie-Hastings library services, Shoalhaven Mobile LibrarySpringwood Library, Sutherland Shire Council Libraries, Wagga Wagga City LibraryWhitlam Library and Woy Woy Library.

Which do you think are the best public libraries in Sydney? Do you agree with this article from Time In. 

These Queensland libraries were featured in the same article, Bundaberg and Childers.

A new library opened in Kangaroo Flat, and these Victorian libraries will no longer charge overdue fees Knox LibraryMonash Public Library Service, Swan Hill Regional Library and Wyndham Library Service

These South Australian libraries were also featured in news articles, Light Regional Council Library Service, Mount Gambier Library, Naracoorte Library and Port Lincoln Library. Additionally, South Australian public libraries were featured on the Adelady TV show on 19 July.

Fremantle Library in WA was included in an article

Libraries Tasmania

Libraries Tasmania is celebrating National Family History Month and is encouraging its patrons to engage with the month. During National Family History Month, Libraries Tasmania is hosting a series of free expert lectures for amateur and professional family history researchers. These lectures will be held in the Allport Library, and a selection will be recorded and available digitally following the live event. You can learn more information through its FacebookYouTube, SoundCloud, Flickr and Instagram channels. 

Libraries Tasmania is recognising the valuable legacy of the Kula Bequest, which has enabled Tasmanians to access a range of literature beyond American and British publishing circles. Lech Kula contacted the State Library of Tasmania in 2003 to discuss his wishes for a bequest to be used to purchase English translations of non-English-language books with literary merit. A per his instructionsthe Kula Fund continues to support Libraries Tasmania’s collection needs more broadly, while Libraries Tasmania also uses its own annual budget to purchase English translations of books with literary merit.

The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart, has reopened. The Allport houses a nationally significant collection of Tasmanian colonial paintings, photographs, rare books, manuscripts and English and European decorative art and furniture.


Dr Angela Savage has been appointed CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.

Other news

There are a number of upcoming events and campaigns: the Indigenous Literacy Foundation's Great Story Swap, 2 September 2020, encourages participants to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation to raise money for the foundation. Celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day will take place on 3 October, you can mark the day by physically, or virtually, visiting your favourite local bookshop, and CBCA Book Week will run from 17-23 October, the theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds, and National NAIDOC Week is running from 8-15 November 2020, the theme is 'Always was, always will be'. 

OCLC has released the report, Open content activities in libraries: same direction, different trajectoriesThe report features findings from the 2018 OCLC Global Council survey. 

In awards news, the following shortlists have been announced the 2020 National Biography Award, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and the Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards 2020. The following longlists were announced, the Colin Roderick Award and the Ngaio Marsh Award. Lastly, the winners of the Australian Booksellers Association’s 2020 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards, the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020 and the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2020, were all announced. 

International news

IFLA is changing how it engages with its members, as it has launched its draft proposal, No Decision About You Without YouYou can also watch a video on the proposal. You can also read the IFLA articles on the link between academic librarians and publications, and virtual engagement. In lighter news, IFLA has received a Wikimedia Foundation grant as part of the WikiCite project. 

In UK library news, the National Library of Wales won't be reopening anytime soon, libraries in Northern Ireland are moving to a click and collect service, results from a survey undertaken during the lockdown in the UK revealed that more girls than boys have been reading books during the pandemic, and the most borrowed books in the UK, July 2018-June 2019, have been revealed. The importance of UK libraries during the lockdown were highlighted by articles published by Apollo and BBC News. Additionally, The Guardian has published two articles expressing concern over the future of libraries in the UK, 'England's libraries begin to reopen but grave fears remain over long-term futures' and 'UK libraries are set to reopen – but not as we know them'. Last but not least, CILIP published the advisory note Contact Tracing’ for librarians and information professionals.

In US library news, the city of San Diego, California, waived library fines for more 130,000 patrons, New York City libraries are starting to reopen in stages, library officials from the Kent District Library, Michigan, are asking patrons to cease microwaving library books in an attempt to sanitise them, and library workers have been using Google Forms to create virtual escape rooms. Both The Verge and Bloomberg City Lab have published articles on how US library patrons and libraries are being impacted by the pandemic, and the Georgia Public Library Service is digitising more than a century of Black American funeral programs. Several libraries and cultural institutions across the US are seeking COVID-19 stories and photos to chronicle the pandemic’s effects on ordinary life.

Check out this article featuring beautiful European libraries, this soup kitchen turned library in Istanbul, and this new culture house and library in Viby, Denmark. The Deichman Bjørvika central library in Oslo, Sweden, and the library at the Taiwan Design Research Institute have both recently opened, and concerns have been raised over the removal of books written by pro-democracy protesters from library shelves in Hong Kong. 
Campaigns, events and programming ideas
The ALIA Campaigns and Events page provides ideas for all year round advocacy. These campaigns and events give you the opportunity to run fun, informative activities in the library, online and through social media every month of the year.

Australia Reads, 1-12 November 2020
Professional learning
ALIA Members are able to freely access a collection of LIS ebooks from EBL and can investigate the Public Library Specialisation of the ALIA PD Scheme that recognises the specific skills needed for the public library sector. Members can also sign up for the monthly PD Postings enewsletter.
Conferences, exhibitions and events dates

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