ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 14–8 April 2020  
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New copyright agreement to support virtual storytimes

APA, ASA and NCU | 8 April 2020

Following on from a copyright agreement negotiated by ALIA, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Society of Authors, and the National Copyright Unit have announced a new copyright agreement for schools. This agreement allows schools to host virtual storytimes for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement can be read on the website

Encourage your patrons to read at home 

Australia Reads | 1–17 September 2020

Encourage your library patrons to read at home during the COVID-19 pandemic through the #AustraliaReadsAtHome campaign. The campaign, of which ALIA is a founder organiser, is a great opportunity to encourage your patrons to expand their reading and try something new. For more information see the website. 

Message from the ALIA Board

ALIA Board | 3 April 2020

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

As you will have seen in ALIA Weekly and on our social media channels, we have launched two new initiatives this week, the ALIA Relief Fund for Members experiencing financial hardship and ALIA Connects, to help our Members keep their existing networks strong and make new contacts during this lockdown period.

At last Friday’s Board meeting, we signed off on a COVID-19 strategy for ALIA to show leadership by:

  • Clearly defining ALIA’s role
  • Identifying the issues facing our Members and other stakeholders and shaping practical responses
  • Providing information about what is happening in the sector now
  • Providing opportunities for people to connect with others and be usefully engaged while not in the workplace
  • Advocating for the highly valuable and transferable skills of our Members
  • Helping people think about the longer term
  • Communicating regularly

The latest initiatives are very much in line with this strategy and you can see what else is new on our COVID-19 web page, which is updated daily.

If you have any ideas for other ways we can support our Members, please don’t hesitate to contact us via

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

On behalf of the ALIA Board

ALIA Board of Directors meeting report

ALIA Board | 27 March 2020

The ALIA Board released a report from its 27 March 2020 meeting. The report can be read on on the ALIA website. 

The generosity of ALIA Members 

ALIA | April 2020

Recently ALIA launched its Relief Fund which offers financial aid to ALIA Members affected by COVID-19. Since the launch ALIA has already received a $1,000 donation from a very generous ALIA Member. For more information about the fund see the website. 

Submit your proposal today

ALIA Information Online 2021 | 24 April 2020

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

ALIA Annual Report 2019

ALIA  | 6 April 2020

ALIA’s Annual Report 2019 is now available online. The report features details on ALIA's work in 2019 including our advocacy campaigns; conferences and events; government and stakeholder relations; and communications.

Win an NSS 2020 prize pack

ALIA | 1 May 2020

ALIA is running a competition to win National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 (NSS 2020) merchandise packs. To be in the running to win one of seven packs and a copy of the book all you need to do is register to take part in the campaign and share with us your most creative egg picture on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #NSS2020 by 1 May 2020. 

ALIA jigsaw puzzles 

ALIA | 7 April 2020

ALIA has created a series of free downloadable jigsaw puzzles for you and your family to enjoy at home. So far we have jigsaws themed for Library and Information Week 2020; ALIA Connects; ALIA Members 1937; and ALIA Members 2017. 

Online 1980s trivia night

ALIA Victoria | 24 April 2020

ALIA Victoria is hosting an online 1980s trivia night on 24 April 2020. For more information see the website. 

Disruptions to interlibrary lending services, and changes to the ILRS fee structure

ALIA Interlibrary Lending Committee | 1 April 2020

In light of the COVID-19 situation, with many libraries suspending or reducing their services, the ALIA Interlibrary Lending Committee (ALIA ILAC) has recommended checking the Libraries Australia website to stay up to date on with which libraries are still offering interlibrary loans. Following the review of the Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code, a new fee structure has come into effect from 1 April 2020. The full report of the review can be read on the website. 

ALIA supports campaign promoting the arts  

National Association for the Visual Arts | Esther Anatolitis | 7 April 2020

Recently ALIA cosigned a creative industry COVID-19 stimulus letter calling for a targeted stimulus package to the value of 2% of the $111.7 billion industry as well as a public statement recognising the value of the creative industry to all Australians. Library and information professionals can support the campaign by amplifying the #CreateAustraliasFuture hashtag on social media or by contacting your local MP asking them to support the campaign. For more information see the website. 

Library Pros podcast features ALIA staff member

Library Pros | April 2020

Library podcast, Library Pros, has featured Rob Thomson ALIATec (CP) ALIA NSW State Manager across two episodes on COVID019. You can listen to episode one and two on the 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

Public libraries continue to support their patrons 

Libraries across the nation are pivoting to change how they stay connected with their patrons. Libraries have been featured in news articles including the Mornington Peninsula Shire Library Service in VIC; as well as the following NSW public libraries Tamworth LibraryMacquarie Regional Library; Kempsey Shire Library; Sutherland Shire LibrariesBathurst Library; Singleton Library and Parramatta Library; as well as Broome Public Library in WA. Please let us know how your library continues to support your community by emailing us at

National and state libraries continue to shine 

Australia's national and state libraries have adjusted to continue providing resources and support for their patrons. The State Library Victoria has been recognised in this article published in The Age; the National Library of Australia has its Digital Classroom and has created a video on using its digital resources; the State Library to Queensland has its online MAKEIT workshop; and the State Library of New South Wales is seeking volunteers to help transcribe its audio collection. 

ALIA Director-elect recognised in SA news publication

The Adelaide Review | Walter Marsh | 1 April 2020

ALIA Director-elect Emily Wilson AALIA (CP), Collection Development Librarian, Public Library Services SA, has been recognised in an article in The Adelaide Review for her work 'beefing up' the state's ebook collection.

How Australian and New Zealand university libraries have adjusted during the pandemic 

CAUL | 1 April 2020

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) has created a webpage on how Australian and New Zealand university libraries are adjusting their services during COVID-19. CAUL has also created a resource page on the pandemic. 

Web conferencing security

Australian Signals Directorate | April 2020

As more and more of us are connecting using web conferencing the Australian Cyber Security Centre under the Australian Signals Directorate has published a webpage about using these technologies safely. 

Latest NSLA public libraries statistics report released

National and State Libraries Australia | March 2020

National and State Libraries Australia's report on Australian public libraries statistics has been released. The report can be read on the webpage. 

More than 880 peer-reviewed publications freely available through ANU Press

ANU Press | April 2020

A reminder to all who are teaching or studying online, that all titles published by Australian National University Press are freely available to download from their website. Specialty topics include Asia and Pacific studies, gender politics, Indigenous studies, public policy, defence and the environment.

Northern Territory Literary Awards 2020

Northern Territory Library | 1 June 2020

The Northern Territory Library has launched the Northern Territory Literary Awards 2020, submissions close 1 June 2020. For more information see the website. 

Support for those working in the arts 

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts | 2 April 2020

The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts has disseminated a statement regarding financial assistance for those working in the arts sector. 

Collecting items during a pandemic 

The Sydney Morning Herald | Josh Dye | 6 April 2020

GLAMR institutions including the State Library of NSW; the State Library Victoria; and the National Museum of Australia are gathering historically important items relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The ABC supports caregivers at home 

ABC Education | April 2020

The ABC has launched ABC Education to support parents and caregivers to keep their children engaged in learning while at home during the pandemic. The support comes through ABC Education; Behind the News; and ABC Kids

COVID-19's impact on the arts

National Association for the Visual Arts | 16 March 2020

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. 

Digital inclusion and COVID-19

Centre for Social Impact | 1 April 2020

The Centre for Social Impact has published the fact sheet Digital inclusion and COVID-19

The Ena Noël Award 2020

IBBY Australia | April 2020

IBBY Australia has presented Australian young adult author Jack Heath with the Ena Noël Award 2020 for his book 500 Minutes of Danger


An update from IFLA

IFLA | April 2020

IFLA is seeking respondents to its Public Library Manifesto Survey 2020, it has also published the webpage COVID-19 and the Global Library Field and the article At the heart of the response: Health librarians support better decision-making around COVID-19

Changes to LinkedIn Learning 

American Library Association | 26 March 2020

LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as, has changed its terms of service so that US users will no longer have to use a personal email address to gain access. This move has been welcomed by the American Library Association

Controversy over the 'National Emergency Library'

NPR | Colin Dwyer | 30 March 2020

NPR has published an article on the controversial 'National Emergency Library' as many claim that the online repository is fueled by piracy. 

The role of libraries in supporting mental health

American Psychological Association | Heather Stringer | 1 April 2020

The American Psychological Association has published an article on the role of public libraries in the US in supporting mental health. 

How will COVID-19 affect the future of ebooks in the US?

Publishers Weekly | Andrew Albanese | 27 March 2020

A recent article published in Publishers Weekly asks if the COVID-19 pandemic will be a watershed moment for library ebooks in the US? 

Virtual campaign to support people impacted by COVID-19

World Health Organisation and Global Citizen | April 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Global Citizen have announced the One World: Together at Home campaign which will raise money through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. You can see the WHO's announcement of the campaign. 

Libraries preserving the history of small islands

Atlas Obscura | Anika Burgess | 9 March 2020

Atlas Obscura has published the article The libraries that preserve the history of small islands


Bronia Renison recognised with ALIA fellowship

Bronia Renison AALIA (CP) FALIA (pictured right), has been recognised with an ALIA fellowship. This fellowship has been conferred in recognition of her longstanding commitment to health librarianship and ALIA.
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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.

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. 

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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2020 Learning Revolution online conference

Sessions of this online worldwide education conference are being held daily over April and May. All are free to join and attend. There are hundreds of topics available such as Online training for elderly learners; Global communities through digital narratives; and Build your own virtual library learning commons. The call for proposals is continually open and as a presenter you are able to choose a day and time that is convenient to your own schedule.

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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