ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 8–26 February 2020 
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 8–26 February 2020 



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ALIA Board elections 2020

 ALIA | 28 February 2020

This Friday is your last chance to vote in the 2020 ALIA Board Elections. If you haven't voted yet, make sure you have your say and vote today. For more information see the website.

Leadership & Innovation Forums 2020

ALIA | 26 March 2020

Registrations are opening soon for the 2020 Northern Territory Leadership & Innovation Forum and the ACT forum takes place tomorrow evening. Thank you to everyone who attended the highly successful forum in QLD and followed on social media. These forums are intended to connect ALIA Members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR sector. For more information see the website. 

Library and Information Week 2020

ALIA | 25–31 May 2020

Are you ready for Library and Information Week 2020? The event runs from 25–31 May 2020, and the theme is Create. You can find free resources on the ALIA website as well as merchandise you can buy. For more information see the website. 

ALIA National 2020

ALIA | 4–8 May 2020

Are you presenting at ALIA National 2020, running 4–8 May 2020? We want to hear what you're looking forward to and why people should attend your talk. Tweet us at @aliaconference using #National20. Additionally, ALIA is offering a grant to attend the conference. For more information see the website.

Are you excited for NSS2020?

ALIA | 27 May 2020

Emma Watkins, otherwise known as Emma Wiggle, will be reading Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas, with Storybox Library, for National Simultaneous Storytime on 27 May 2020. Wiggle your way over to the ALIA website for more information

ALIAWest calls for committee members

 ALIAWest | 26 February 2020

ALIAWest is seeking new committee members. Interested parties should send their expression of interest to aliainwa@gmail by 26 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

AusLibChat on 3 March 2020

 AusLibChat | 3 March 2020 

Sign onto Twitter at 9:00pm AEDT on 3 March 2020 to talk about workplace culture through #AusLibChat. For more information see the website. 

Parliamentary Book Club, book two

Parliamentary Book Club | 6 March 2020 

The Parliamentary Book Club has read its inaugural book, Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, and would love your ideas for its second book. Send your nominations to your local Member/Senator by 6 March 2020. 

Great Australian Storybook Collection

ALIA and News Corp

Every year, News Corp newspaper titles run a campaign with a collection of books for purchase encouraging parents to support their kids in the run up to the new school year. The campaign talks about the need to read and the proven benefit of reading. This year, ALIA's Australian Public Library Alliance partnered with News Corp to promote library storytimes as part of the campaign. It was a huge success, reaching more than 7 million readers through publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, The Courier-Mail, The Adelaide Advertiser, and News Corp's regional and community network.

Nominate someone for an ALIA Award today

ALIA | 30 June 2020

ALIA is seeking nominations for several awards including its HCL Anderson Award; the Metcalfe Award; and the Redmond Barry Award. Nominations for these awards close on 30 June 2020. For more information see the website today. 


ALIA HLA | 30 March 2020

Nominations are open for two ALIA Health Libraries Australia Awards. The 2020 Anne Harrison Award and the HLA/MedicalDirector Digital Health Innovation Award. Submissions for these awards close on 30 March 2020. For more information see the website. 

ALIA HLA and CILIP/HLG Leadership Exchange Bursary


The ALIA Board and HLA Executive, together with the CILIP Health Libraries Group, have announced a new bursary. The bursary will allow a mid-career, health librarian to learn from our international colleagues by attending the upcoming CILIP/HLG Conference, and vice versa. For more information contact

ALIA Schools PD Diary Dates 2020

ALIA Schools 

ALIA Schools has published details for its 2020 professional development opportunities. For more information see the website. 

Applications close soon for the Kay Poustie Scholarship 2020

ALIA West, State Library of Western Australia, and Public Libraries WA | 28 February 2020

Applications close soon for the Kay Poustie Scholarship. The scholarship enables a library professional in Western Australia to undertake study, locally or internationally, to improve public libraries in the state. Funds for the scholarship are partially raised by ALIAWest. Applications close 28 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

Bringing Back Libraries in Tasmania

Tasmanian Government | 21 February 2020

Peter Gutwein, Premier of Tasmania, has released an update on the Bringing Back Libraries initiative. In the last seven months Libraries Tasmania has expanded its collections; removed fees for Book Groups; and expanded its Express Service, as well as many other improvements. 

No more library fines for Kempsey Shire Library, NSW

The Macleay Argus | Ruby Pascoe | 18 February 2020

Kempsey Shire Library, NSW, will no longer be charging late fees for overdue items as of 1 July 2020. However fines will remain in place for lost or damaged items.

Springwood Library, NSW, secures funding

Blue Mountains Gazette | 24 February 2020

Springwood Library, NSW, has secured more than $400,000 in funding to design and construct a library entry. This funding will be delivered as part of a $2.5 million library upgrade.

New public library proposed for City of Gold Coast, QLD

ArchitectureAU | 21 February 2020

A new Civic Hub has been proposed for City of Gold Coast, QLD, which would include a public library. 

Libraries preserve history

RMIT University | 24 February 2020

RMIT University has published an article on the important role that libraries play in preserving history

2019–2020 bushfires: quick guide

Parliamentary Library and Information Service (VIC) | 6 February 2020

Parliamentary Library and Information Service (VIC) has created a guide about the 2019–2020 bushfires. 

Parliamentary Library Internship

 Parliament of Australia | 1 March 2020

The Parliamentary Library is seeking applications for its 2020 internship program. Interested parties should submit completed Parliamentary Library Internship: Application Form together with a curriculum vitae and a copy of their academic transcript to by 1 March 2020. For more information see the website. 


US libraries and late fees

The New York Times has reported on the growing trend of US public libraries ceasing to charge late fees. On the same topic Sarasota County Libraries, Florida, US, has reported an increase in library engagement after scrapping library fines.

Dublin City Council pushes for new public library

The Irish Times | Olivia Kelly | 17 February 2020

Dublin City Council, Republic of Ireland, is seeking Government funding to build a new public library after attempts to secure private funding were unsuccessful. 

Carla Hayden discusses her role as Librarian of Congress

CBS News | Grace Segers | 21 February 2020

In a recent interview with CBS, Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, US, has spoken about her position and being the first black woman to hold her position. 

A guide to exploring the New York Public Library

Vulture | 21 February 2020

Vulture has created a guide to exploring the New York public library like an expert. 

Playing in the library

Play spaces for children are becoming increasingly popular in libraries across the US, in libraries including the Free Library of Philadelphia. Seven Days has also reported on how libraries have adapted to patron needs in the US.

The role of libraries in supporting students' mental health

Association of Research Libraries | February 2020

The Association of Research Libraries has published an article about the role of Johns Hopkins Libraries, US, in supporting its students' mental health. 

A new Presidential Library for Turkey

Daily Sabah | 22 February 2020

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has unveiled the new Presidential Library as part of the Presidential Complex. 


Leadership & Innovation Forum Queensland

Thank you to everyone who attended the Leadership & Innovation Forum in Queensland. The night featured talks from experts including Matt Pascoe, Libraries and Customer Services Customer Experience Manager, Ipswich Library Service; and Commander Nick Cusack, HMAS Moreton, Royal Australian Navy. The event was hosted by Kim Sherwin, ALIA Board Director. 
Pictured: attendees at the Queensland Leadership & Innovation Forum. 

Welcome Niamh

ALIA is pleased to welcome Niamh Quigley as the new ALIA State Manager of Western Australia. Niamh recently moved in to library and information management, after an extensive career in software development in Australia and Ireland. She has a Grad Dip in LIS, and is currently extending that to complete a Master of Information Management by the end of 2020.

Our outgoing State Manager Sienna Gilchrist has already begun the handover process so Niamh can continue with the WA Leadership & Innovation Forum planning. Our thanks to Sienna for her great work during her tenure.
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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.

Finding Local History: A Sense of Place

 National Library of Australia | 26 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free webinar Finding Local History: A Sense of Place at 1:00pm AEDT on 26 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

ALCC Library and Archive Copyright Training – Brisbane

 ALCC | 28 February 2020

The ALCC is running its first copyright training session from 10:00am to 5:00pm on 28 February at the State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane. All sessions are free for ALIA Members. For more information see the website. 

UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum

 United Nations Association of Australia 29 February 2020

Earlybird registrations are now open for the UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum, running 15–16 April 2020. A major focus of the forum will be Active Partnership Workshops. Earlybird registrations close 29 February 2020. 

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. 

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 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.


ACT Leadership & Innovation Forum
27 February 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


ALIA Tas Event –The Tourism Tasmania Visual Library
20 February 2020


ALIA Gold Coast Library Network Group – First Meeting
27 February 2020


Library and Information Week 2020
25–31 May 2020

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
27 May 2020

Wentworth Point Library Tour
27 February 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

#AusLibChat March – Workplace Culture
3 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. 


Digital Repository Librarian

Employer: Kolling Institute
Location: NSW
Closing date: 8 March 2020.
To advertise your job in ALIA Weekly contact


Introducing the reflective practice toolkit

The Reflective Practice Toolkit from the University of Cambridge introduces the basics of what reflective practice is, the benefits, and how to integrate it into your everyday life. Includes pathways at beginning and intermediate levels.  A great resource for anyone participating in the ALIA PD Scheme!

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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