ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 6–12 February 2020  
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Library Lovers' Day 2020

ALIA | 14 February 2020

This Friday is Library Lovers' Day 2020, and libraries across the nation are celebrating the day including these libraries in NSW Big Sky Libraries; Urunga LibrarySingleton LibraryTamworth City LibraryCentral West Libraries. As well as Melton Library,VIC, and these two libraries in QLD Noosa Library and Cooroy Library. The event is also supported by Story Box Library, which has created free resources for the campaign

ALIA CYS uncovers something new 

 ALIA CYS | 13 February 2020

ALIA Children's and Youth Services (ALIA CYS) is hosting a special social media chat to celebrate Library Lovers' Day 2020. Sign into Twitter at 9:00pm AEDT on 13 February 2020 to engage with Chris Buckingham, President of Public Libraries Victoria, and author Oliver Phommavanh. 

Australian Reading Hour rebrand

Australia Reads | 17 September 2020

Following on from the success of the Australian Reading Hour 2019, the campaign has been rebranded Australia Reads to allow the the campaign to cover a more diverse range of activites, but there will still be a Reading Hour on 17 September 2020. Libraries are encouraged to engage with the campaign and register their interest in hosting an event. For more information see the website. 

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020

ALIA | 27 May 2020

Today is a great day to register for National Simultaneous Storytime, running 27 May 2020. This year's book is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Grifford, published by Scholastic Australia. Registration is free and easy through the ALIA website. 

ALIA Gold Coast Library Network

ALIA Gold Coast Library Network | February 2020

ALIA has a new Member group, the ALIA Gold Coast Library Network. The Network aims to connect staff from libraries across the Gold Coast region, including school, public, university, TAFE and specialist libraries. For more information see the website. 

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. 

Talking about school libraries

ABC Radio Sydney | 12 February 2020

Did you hear Sue McKerracher, ALIA, CEO (left) and Holly Godfree, Campaign Coordinator, Students Need School Libraries talk about the future of libraries on ABC Radio Sydney today? You can listen to the interview on the website, the timestamp is 31:26–54:59. 

Parliamentary Book Club meeting

Members of the Parliamentary Book Club met yesterday to discuss the clubs inaugural book Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe. The Parliamentary Book Club is led by Graham Perrett MP and Senator Hollie Hughes, the co-chairs of the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers. 
Pictured top left to right: Robbie Egan, CEO (Australian Booksellers Association); Michael Gordon-Smith, CEO (Australian Publishers Association); Bruce Pascoe; Anna Moulton, CEO (Magabala Books); and Sue McKerracher, CEO (ALIA). 
Pictured bottom: attendees at the meeting.

Australian Children's Laureate 2020–2021 announced 

ALIA congratulates the new Australian Children's Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky. Her theme is 'Read for your life'. ALIA Strategic Programs & Engagement Manager Kirrin Sampson, represented ALIA at the National Library of Australia launch. ALIA's Australian Public Library Alliance supported the production of a Laureate fun activities booklet. Additionally, Story Box Library has created a series of videos regarding the Children's Laureate which can be seen on the website. 
Pictured left to right: Ursula Dubosarsky and her presentation slide at the Australian Children's Laureate event at the National Library of Australia. 

Safer Internet Day 2020

ALIA Director Corporate Services, Nicole Barnes, was pleased to attend the Safer Internet Day 2020, 11 February, launch held at Parliament House with the Hon Paul Fletcher Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2020 was 'Together for a better internet'. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner ran the event. 
Pictured left to right: The Hon Paul Fletcher Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts and the pledge wall at the Safer Internet Day 2020 event. 

Raise a Reader campaign

News Corp and ALIA

In a previous issue of ALIA Weekly, we reported on the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance partnership with News Corp to promote library storytimes as part of the Raise a Reader campaign. Since then the campaign has been covered by 10News First Queensland, The Courier Mail and other NewsCorp media nationwide.

Leadership & Innovation Forums 2020


This year sees another round of Leadership & Innovation Forums across Australia. These events are intended to connect ALIA Members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR sector. Bookings are already open for the forums in the ACT and Queensland. 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

Anne Harrison Award

ALIA HLA | 30 March 2020

Applications for the 2020 Anne Harrison Award, valued at $5,000, are now open. Applications close 30 March 2020. Applications for the biennial Award are invited from all Australian health library and information professionals and funding is available for research projects, study or a publication. Please direct applications and inquiries to

Special Libraries Directory 2020 second edition 

ALIA | 27 March 2020

ALIA's Special Libraries Working Group has put together a directory of special libraries to support collaboration. If your special library is interested in being included in the second edition please complete the survey by 27 March 2020. 

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 are open for the Kay Poustie Scholarship 2020

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

Applications are now open 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. 

AusLibChat February 2020

AusLibChat | February 2020

Did you miss the last AusLibChat on Content Creation? Good news, you can catch up on the conversation on the wakelet.

Latest Close the Gap report released

ABC News | Isabella Higgins | 12 February 2020

The latest Close the Gap report reveals that only two of the seven goals are on track to be met, Year 12 attainment and early education. However, other goals including literacy and numeracy, are not on track. ALIA works with organisations including the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation to promote and support literacy and numeracy skills. 

More books for remote Indigenous communities 

Books + Publishing | 10 February 2020

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has partnered with Australia Post to deliver nearly 100,000 books per year, for three years, to 400 remote Indigenous communities across Australia through the ILF’s book supply program. 

First Five Forever Grants 2020

Mirage News | 10 February 2020

The Palaszczuk Government has announced more than $300,000 worth of grants for developing reading and storytelling sessions across the state. The grants sit under the First 5 Forever program, coordinated by the State Library of Queensland.

Fine amnesty proves successful in Brisbane 

Brisbane Times | Lucy Stone | 30 January 2020

More than $213,000 in library fines were waived over the holiday period across Brisbane public libraries as part of a food for fines campaign.

Wangi Wangi Library, NSW, renovation

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Star | 5 February 2020

Wangi Wangi Library, NSW, is set to receive $200,000 upgrade featuring new flexible spaces.

Continued funding for Wollongong public libraries secured

Mirage News | 5 February 2020

The Wollongong City Council has recently voted to support the second phase of the Renew our Libraries campaign for public libraries across the city. 

Two libraries withdrawn from Wimmera Regional Library Corporation 

Mirage News | 5 February 2020

Northern Grampians Shire Council has voted to remove two public libraries, Stawell and St Arnaud VIC, from the Wimmera Regional Library Corporation. This decision has been made as part of a reshuffle of Council activities. 

The advantages of extended hours 

ACT Government | 10 February 2020

A recent article published in Our Canberra highlights the positive impact of extended library hours at a Canberra school. 

Family and Community History Survey

 National Library of Australia | 16 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is running a survey to determine how useful the library's collections are for family historians and researchers. The deadline for responses is 16 February 2020. 

Art campaign for animals affected by the bushfires

Art for Wildlife 

The fundraising campaign Art for Wildlife has been launched to raise funds for wildlife affected by the recent bushfires. The art has been produced by illustrators including Shaun Tan The Arrival; Sophie Beer Love makes a family; and Evie Barrow, Horatio Squeak. For more information see the website.

Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2020

Speech Pathology Australia | 27 March 2020

Nominations for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2020 have opened and nominations close 27 March 2020. For more information see the website. 


IFLA update


IFLA has published the article Into the new decade: key governance trends for libraries. IFLA has also opened submissions for the IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year award. The award is presented to a library anywhere in the world that best combines open, functional architecture with creative IT solutions. Nominations close 15 April 2020. For more information see the website. 

Macmillan employees barred from Digital Book World conference 

Digital Book World | Bradley Metrock | 29 January 2020

Digital Book World has announced that all Macmillan employees, including its imprints, subsidiaries and parent company, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, will be barred from attending the conference. The ban is in effect immediately and has been initiated in protest to Macmillan's new policy on selling ebooks to US libraries. 

US libraries and library fines 

Several libraries across the US have ceased charging late fees including the East Oklahoma Libraries SystemTolleson Public Library in Arizona, and several libraries in Washington and Idaho. Additionally, Montclair Public Library, New Jersey, which previously ceased charging late fees has reported an uplift in patron visits. 

Early learning classes for Hawaii public libraries proposed 

The Washington Times | 4 February 2020

Public libraries in Hawaii could soon host early learning classrooms to serve children, ages three to four, if new proposed legislature is passed. 

Choosing your next read

Forge | Maris Kreizman | 22 January 2020

A recent article from Forge on how to find your next book to read recommends visiting your local library. 

Author archive acquired by British Library

The Guardian | Andrea Levy | 6 February 2020

The British Library has secured the literary archive of author Andrea Levy, best known for her novels Small Island and The Long Song.

The importance of libraries in the era of 'fake news'

Library Research Service | 22 January 2020

Library Research Service has published the article 'How libraries help students evaluate information in the era of fake news'. 


Online Safety Legislation briefing 

ALIA was represented by ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher at the Online Safety Legislation briefing to discuss a new Online Safety Act, Trish Hepworth (left), formerly of the Australian Libraries Copyright Council and now Director Policy and Research at FARE Australia, was also in attendance. You can provide your feedback on ALIA's submission via the Current Consultations page on the 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.

National Library for Librarians Webinar

 National Library of Australia | 14 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free webinar National Library for Librarians Webinar at 1:00pm AEDT on 14 February 2020. The event is held as part of ALIA Library Lovers' Day celebrations. For more information see the website. 

A Life in Ten Acquisitions   

 National Library of Australia | 19 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free talk A Life in Ten Acquisitions at 6:00pm AEDT on 19 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

WikiCite Workshop: Linking bibliographic data

 Wikimedia Australia 14 February 2020 

Wikimedia Australia is running the free event Wikicite at 9:00am AEDT on 14 February 2020 at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne. The workshop for librarians, academics and publishers is an opportunity to learn about WikiCite, a global initiative to develop open citations and linked bibliographic data. 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. 

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. 

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. 

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 Lovers' Day 2020
14 February 2020

Library and Information Week 2020
25–31 May 2020

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
27 May 2020



ALIA Library Lovers' Day Breakfast
14 February 2020

ACT Leadership & Innovation Forum
27 February 2020


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


Leadership and Innovation forum 2020 – QLD
21 February 2020

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

ALIA National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020

ALIAVic Trivia Decathlon – Night 1
16 February 2020

ALIAVic Bendigo Tour
21 March 2020

ALIAVic Trivia Decathlon – Night 2
17 March 2020

ALIAVic Bendigo Tour
21 March 2020

ALIA CYS Twitter Chat #CYSlibchat
13 February 2020

ALIA Schools - Preparing the School Library Annual Report
25 February 2020


Library services for people with a disability: access and inclusion

 ALIA | 18 February 2020

Libraries pride themselves as great equalisers. But do your physical layouts, resources, staff, equipment and policies really support clients with a disability? And what sort of disabilities? Registrations close 18 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

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.


Business Information Librarian

Employer: Chartered Accountants ANZ
Location: NSW
Closing date: 23 February 2020

Librarian (APS4/5)

Employer: Department of Defence
Location: National
Closing date: 24 February 2020
To advertise your job in ALIA Weekly contact


Daring librarianship: what library leaders can learn from Brene Brown

We often see being vulnerable as a weakness, but Jason Martin says that by practising vulnerability, library leaders can become more courageous, gain clarity and make connections with the people they work with. Martin shares the work of Brené Brown to encourage library leaders to be more vulnerable. You may also want to view Brené Brown’s TED Talk, The power of vulnerability.

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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