ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 5–5 February 2020  
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 5–5 February 2020  



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The ALIA Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan 

ALIA | 31 January 2020

The ALIA Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has received final endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. The development of the RAP began during 2018-2019 as part of then-President Lyndall Ley’s focus on Indigenous matters with ALIA’s RAP Working Group now working towards the development of an Innovate RAP.

Libraries feature in News Corp's Raise a Reader campaign

News Corp | 5 February 2020 

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 has partnered with News Corp to promote library storytimes as part of the campaign. Look out for coverage in your local newspaper over the next few weeks.

ALIA Board elections 2020

ALIA | 28 February 2020

Voting for the 2020 ALIA Board Elections is now open, you can learn more about the candidates on the elections page. All financial Personal Members and Institutional Member representatives as of 6 December 2019 are entitled to vote in the election. Voting closes 5:00pm AEDT on 28 February 2020. 

Library Lovers' Day 2020

ALIA | 14 February 2020

Have you decided how you're celebrating Library Lovers' Day 2020? Check out the ALIA website for free downloadable resources and suggested activities. You can also celebrate Library Lovers’ Day with the Story Box Library release of Davina Bell’s All the Factors of Why I Love Tractors, read by the incredible Dolly Diamond. The story will be free to view for all Australia/NZ visitors via Story Box Library on 14 February. 

Create in 2020

ALIA | 25–31 May 2020

Start planning your Library and Information Week, running 25–31 May 2020, today. The theme is Create which recognises all the ways that library and information professionals create and support their users to create. You can also purchase event merchandise on the ALIA website. For more information see the website.

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. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

 ALIA and Charles Sturt University | 5 February 2020 

ALIA, in partnership with Charles Sturt University, is offering an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Scholarship for 2020, valued at $5,000 plus a one year ALIA student membership. Applications close 5 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

Playtime with puppies

The Guardian | 4 February 2020 

A feature article examining the variety of items on loan from libraries, including cake tins, tools, toys and seeds - with a mention of library pets at Perth's Murdoch University Library.

Sydney's new $225 million school with no library

Sydney Morning Herald | 31 January 2020 

The new high rise Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta, NSW, will have iHubs on some of its 17 levels, but no traditional library. In its story, the SMH quoted library professionals questioning the decision and ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher, who said libraries were more than the sum of their parts, 'When you break it up, you don't get the compound benefits of a library.'

Updated ALIA policies

ALIA | 2019

Throughout 2019, ALIA worked on updating its policies including this one on Guidelines on library and information services for people with disabilities.

AusLibChat 2020

ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

ALIA's New Generation Advisory Committee is seeking suggestions for #AusLibChat 2020 topics. Suggestions can be made on the website. 

Drive-ins of WA remembered by the State Library of Western Australia

ABC Radio Perth | Geoff Hutchison | 28 January 2020

ABC Radio Perth host Geoff Hutchison and Dr Kate Gregory from the State Library of Western Australia recently reminisced about the drive-ins of WA. 

Twitter users jump to the defence of school libraries

7 News | 28 January 2020

Twitter users have jumped to the defence of school libraries on a 7 News post about Queensland's new Fortitude Valley Secondary School, which will not include a library. #StudentsNeedSchoolLibraries

Six arrested over Sandringham school fire

The Age | 1 February 2020

Six teenagers have been arrested after a fire at Sandringham Primary School in Victoria destroyed the library and staff areas.

Public Library of the Year Award 2020

IFLA | 1 February 2020

The IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year Award 2020 is open for nominations. Eligible libraries must have been built during 2019 or created from a building not previously used as a library. The award will be announced at the World Library and Information Congress in Dublin in August, with US$5000 for the winner.


New library for Kingston University, UK

The Guardian | OIiver Wainwright | 29 January 2020

Kingston University in the UK has unveiled its new £50 million library (nearly $100 million AUD). The library has a triple-height performance space and dance studios, on top of the expected textbooks.

In US, library visits outpaced trips to movies in 2019

Gallup Poll | 24 January 2020

In a recent poll, US adults were found to have visited libraries more than 10 times on average in 2019, compared with just over five times for the nearest leisure activity - going to the cinema.

Statement on controlled digital lending

COSLA | 30 January 2020

The Chief Officers of State Library Associations (COSLA) has endorsed a position statement on controlled digital lending by libraries. The model, used since 2008 by the Internet Archive, is said to present 'a unique model for leveraging print collections in the digital world' by allowing libraries to choose to circulate either the print or the digital copy of an in-copyright title.

Brexit throws EU Copyright Directive into doubt in UK

Billboard | 30 January 2020

Authors and musicians are concerned about the impact of Brexit on their under protection under the March 2019 EU Copyright Directive, which, from 2021, will hold online platforms such as YouTube liable for unlicensed content.


Do you have a photograph from ALIA Group 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

More about rainbow storytimes in libraries 

Goulburn Valley Libraries 

Frock Hudson brought rainbow storytime fun to the Shepparton library as part of the annual OUTintheOPEN festival in 2019. She read 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert and was such a hit that Goulburn Valley Libraries will be inviting her back again this year.


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

Trove Upgrade Preview Webinar

 National Library of Australia | 6 February 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free webinar Trove Upgrade Preview at 1:00pm AEDT on 6 February 2020. For more information see the website. 

Safer Internet Day 2020

 Office of the eSafety Commissioner | 11 February 2020

Safer Internet Day on 11 February 2020 supports and promotes safer and more efficient online access. The theme for the day is 'together for a better internet'. Free resources have been made available for the day. For more information see the website. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is running the event.  

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. 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 free 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. 

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.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Conference 2020

Networked Digital Libraries of Theses and Dissertations | 16–18 November 2020
The Electronic Theses and Dissertations Conference 2020 is calling for papers. The theme for the conference is 'Discovery, data, and dates'. The call for papers closes 1 February 2020. For more information see the website. 


Library Lovers' Day 2020
14 February 2020

Library and Information Week 2020
25–31 May 2020

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020
27 May 2020



ALIA CRR (Canberra and Region Retirees) Connect and Chat
5 February 2020

ALIA Library Lovers' Day Breakfast
14 February 2020
ALIA National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020

ALIAVic Trivia Decathlon – Night 1
16 February 2020

ALIAVic Bendigo Tour
21 March 2020

#CYSlibchat Uncover something new
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. 


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Teaching Sustainable Development Goals

This free online short course is designed for all those who would like to teach others about the Sustainable Development Goals, commonly known as the SDG or Global Goals. The course can be completed in just one hour and is intended to support the teaching of the 'World’s Largest Lesson' and all other efforts to turn support for the SDG into action.

The lazy person’s guide to saving the world

This page, provided by the United Nations, outlines how the average person – even the lazy and indifferent - can play a part in realising the SDG. The guide provides ‘levels’ of engagement: from the couch, to your household, your community and workplace.

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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