ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 17–29 April 2020  
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 17–29 April 2020  



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Australian libraries adapting to the 'new normal'

ALIA | April 2020

Public libraries across the nation are hosting virtual storytimes, thanks to a copyright agreement negotiated by ALIA, including Central West Libraries, NSW; City of Palmerston Library, NT; Noosa Library Service, QLD; Charles Sturt Library Service, SA; Wyndham City Libraries, VIC; and City of Karratha Libraries, WA. Additionally, Robert Knight OAM, ALIA President has written the article Australian public libraries: Adapting to COVID-19 lockdown published by the Local Government Information Unit. We would love to hear how your library is adapting to the pandemic, email us at

An update from the ALIA Board

ALIA Board | 24 April 2020

The ALIA Board has released a further message in regards to COVID-19, you can read an excerpt below and the full message on the ALIA website

Week six of the pandemic and our thoughts are turning to what happens at the end of the lockdown. Australia is faring much better than other nations in terms of controlling community transmission and we may be only a few weeks away from some easing of the restrictions which have kept our physical buildings closed. Around the world, libraries are talking about a phased re-opening. ALIA will be putting together information and ideas about how members might like to approach this time and communicate the news to their users. Read the full message on the ALIA website

ALIA Annual General Meeting

 ALIA Annual General Meeting | 4 May 2020

ALIA President Robert Knight OAM, and the ALIA Board of Directors invite Members to join them for the 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM). Given the COVID-19 restrictions on public meetings, the AGM will be held as an online meeting at 6:00pm AEST on 4 May 2020. ALIA Members who cannot attend the online meeting are encouraged to contribute to the process by submitting your proxy. To send your apologies, please contact ALIA via email or phone 1800 020 071. Further information about the AGM agenda is available on the ALIA website.  

Win an NSS 2020 prize pack

 ALIA | 1 May 2020

It's not too late to enter the ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime merch pack competition. To enter, 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. 

Free webinar to help you create 

 ALIA | 5 May 2020

Library and Information Week, running 25-31 May 2020, will be celebrated online due to COVID-19. As a part of the campaign you can engage in the week-long social media celebrations, where each day is themed. You can join the webinar on 5 May 2020 to learn some social media tips and tricks before the week. For more information about the campaign see the website. 

ALIA COVID-19 Relief Fund

ALIA | April 2020

The ALIA Relief Fund, designed to help Members who are experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, stands at more than $13,000. It has received donations worth more than $2,500 and we have been able to assist several Members. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact us at There is also an option for Members who are renewing their membership to add a donation to the fund at the same time. 

INCITE colouring in competition

ALIA | 29 May 2020

Enter our colouring-in competition for your chance to be featured in the July/August issue of INCITEDownload the colouring-in page, and remember to colour inside the lines (or not). We will publish the most creative and colourful entries in the next issue of INCITE. Please send your entries to by close of business, 29 May 2020.

MayDay 2020 

ALIA | May 2020

ALIA is pleased to support the annual May Day campaign, run by Blue Shield Australia. The day promotes disaster planning and awareness amongst archives, libraries, museums, galleries, heritage places, historical societies, local history groups and other cultural heritage organisations during the month of May. You can download free resources to promote the campaign. 

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 Anne Harrison Award 2020

ALIA HLA | 18 May 2020

The ALIA Health Libraries Australia Anne Harrison Award is presented to a recipient who wishes to undertake a research project, study or a submit to a publication. Applications for the biennial award are invited from all Australian health library and information professionals. Applications close 18 May 2020. Please direct applications and inquiries to the Secretary

An update from the national and state libraries 

The State Library of Queensland is collecting digital ephemera related to COVID-19 and the library was featured in this article; access to the Ancestry Library Edition from home via the State Library Victoria has has been extended until 31 May and the library has launched its collective isolation project Memory Bank; lastly the National Library of Australia has extended the application deadline for its Fellowships

An update on Australian school libraries 

Students Need School Libraries has published the webpage School libraries during COVID-19, and Softlink has released its 2019 Softlink Australia, New Zealand, and Asia-Pacific School Library Survey Report

Accessing valuable resources via the ANU Library

ANU Libray | 23 April 2020

The Australian National University Library has published the article Providing access to significant ANU research through HathiTrust

Arts and cultural sector news 

The Australian Book Industry Awards shortlist has been announced, the winners will be declared on 13 May 2020; the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020 has been released and the winners of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced. In other news the Australia Institute has released the discussion paper Art vs dismal science: the economics of Australia’s creative arts sector, and arts funding bodies in Victoria and New South Wales have announced new funding initiatives for the creative sector in response to COVID-19. Last but not least, Bellean interior design and decoration magazine, has published a glowing article about library design for its May 2020 issue. 

The history of pandemic literature 

ABC Radio National | 12 April 2020

Listen to the ABC Radio National story all about the history of pandemic literature, where the host interviews Chelsea Haith, PhD candidate in Contemporary English Literature, University of Oxford.


An update from IFLA

IFLA | April 2020

Due to COVID-19, the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 in Dublin, and the Public Library of the Year award have both been cancelled. IFLA has also released the articles What Might a Library Advocacy Agenda for the Post-Pandemic World Look Like? and Heritage cannot wait in the face of climate change: IFLA welcomes signatures to open letter on World IP Day. LastlyIFLA has announced the winner of its Green Library Award 2020. The award was presented to the Rangsit University Library in Thailand. The library was praised for its professional, systematic and well-documented approach to sustainability.

Popular eresources in the UK during COVID-19

BBC News | 22 April 2020

Public libraries across the UK have reported in increase in online borrowing during the nation's pandemic lockdown, with 120,000 people joining libraries in the three weeks since the lockdown began.

The state of America's libraries

The American Library Association has published its annual summary of US library trends; and The Guardian has published the article 'LGBTQ children’s books face record calls for bans in US libraries'. 

Luxembourg National Library

ArchitectureAU | Donald Bates | 21 April 2020

The Luxembourg National Library has been featured in a recent article which praises its architectural design. 


ALIA Chats 

ALIA Members have been connecting on Friday afternoons via ALIA Chats on Zoom. Each session is hosted by an ALIA State and Territory Manager. You can learn more on the ALIA Connects webpage
Pictured: attendees at the 24 April ALIA Chats virtual meetup. 
Do you have a photograph from ALIA Group online events or gatherings? We would like to feature it in ALIA Weekly. Email a high resolution image, a description of the event and the names of people in the photograph to


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. 
What's On lists ALIA events, ALIA group events and free library and information sector activities for the benefit of ALIA Members.

Information Awareness Month 2020 

 Information Awareness Month | 1 May 2020

Join the launch of Information Awareness Month, at 11:00am AEST on 1 May 2020, and month's theme, 'Informed about your changing environment'. ALIA is pleased to support this initiative. 

AusLibChat on Housebound 

 ALIA NGAC | 5  May 2020

Sign into Twitter on 5 May 2020 to join the AusLibChat discussion Housebound. The questions are already up on the website. 

ALIA Library and Information Week 2020

ALIA | 25–31 May 2020

Library and Information Week, running 25-31 May 2020, is coming up soon and you can still participate virtually. Encourage your users to engage with your library's online resources and show off what they have created and/or learned. For more information see the website. 

ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2020

ALIA | 27 May 2020

ALIA's annual event National Simultaneous Storytime will still be running this year on 27 May 2020. However, due to COVID-19 it will be held as a virtual event. To help everyone celebrate the day, ALIA has created two new merchandise packs, one for caregivers at home and one for library professionals, teachers and early age educators. For more information see the website. 

ALIA Schools free webinar on team building

ALIA Schools | 30 May 2020

ALIA Schools is hosting a free webinar on team building on 30 May 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.


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.

STEM in libraries 

ALIA | 14 July 2020

The role of the library has rapidly changed –while we were never only a repository of books, our library mission is moving increasingly towards community spaces and community learning. Libraries are places of exploration and investigation - a natural place to support STEM - however its easy to feel like an 'accidental STEM librarian' whether through lack of experience, confidence or support. Registrations close 14 July 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. 


Electronic Resources Librarian

Employer: SA Health Library Service (Dept for Health and Wellbeing)
Location: South Australia
Type: Contract 
To advertise your job in ALIA Weekly contact


Copyright and remote supply for Australian Libraries and Archives

Might copyright issues cause problems when providing remote supply? In this free public webinar, staff members of the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee will answer some of the most common questions about copyright law for Australian cultural institutions seeking to provide access to material in their collections remotely. There will also be time reserved for direct questions at the end of the event.

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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