ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 2–15 January 2020  
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 2–15 January 2020  



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Register today for ALIA National 2020

 ALIA National | 17 January 2020 

Earlybird registrations for ALIA National 2020, running 4–8 May 2020, close this Friday 17 January 2020. Register today and don't miss out on this great conference. For more information see the website. 

ALIA's message of support for Drag Queen Storytimes

ALIA | 13 January 2020

Recently, Brisbane Square Library’s Drag Queen Storytime was disrupted by a group of protestors. ALIA condemns such an intrusion of a library event and fully supports any libraries hosting Drag Queen Storytime. 

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 and can be done on the ALIA website. 

ALIA Board election 2020 nominees

ALIA | 20 January 2020

The nominees for the ALIA Board election 2020 have been announced. Voting is set to commence on 20 January 2020. All financial Personal Members and Institutional Member representatives as of 6 December 2019 are entitled to vote in the election. CorpVote, an independent election company has been engaged to conduct the election. For more information about the election see the website. 

One month until Library Lovers' Day 2020

ALIA | 14 February 2020

There is just one month to go until Library Lovers' Day 2020. The theme for this year is Uncover something new. Need inspiration? Check out the ALIA website for free downloadable resources and suggested activities. 

January/February issue of INCITE

ALIA | 1 January 2020

ALIA has released the January/February 2020 issue of INCITE. The free to access article for this issue, The Discussion We Need to Have: Social Justice & Freedom of Speech by Jane Cowell and Roxanne Missingham, can be read on the ALIA website. 

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. 

Updated ALIA policies

ALIA | 2019

Throughout 2019, ALIA worked on updating its policies including, the Association's policy on courses in library and information science.

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

Call for expressions of interest for ALIA National LibTech 2021

ALIA | 31 January 2020

The ALIA Board of Directors is seeking expressions of interest for the 2021 ALIA National Library and Information Technicians’ Symposium. Interested groups are asked to refer to the symposium guide. For more information contact Christina Granata at Expressions of interest close 31 January 2020. 

Keeping your kids cool and entertained at the local library

ABC Life | Kellie Scott | 9 January 2020

There are a lot of ways to keep your kids cool and entertained in the heat including taking them to your local library. 

Libraries as places of community

The Guardian | Hannah Marriott | 8 January 2020

Fashion and trend predictor Lidewij Edelkoort has forecast that the role of libraries will shift in the coming decade, becoming 'the epicentres of small towns and villages'. 

Tatura Library, VIC, to be upgraded 

Riverine Herald | James Bennett | 8 January 2020

Tatura Library, VIC, is set to be temporarily closed as the library receives an upgrade worth $2 million. Locals will still be able to access library resources through a temporary replacement library. 

Vale Judy Clayden

Judy Clayden passed away recently. She was a well loved library technician educator from Edith Cowan University, WA, a respected mentor to many library technicians across the nation and an ALIA Member since the 1960s. 


Get into UN75

IFLA | 9 January 2020

IFLA has created a guide to help libraries get involved with the 75 year anniversary of the UN, Get into UN75.

Several US library services cease charging late fees

Public library services across the US have chosen to cease charging late fees including Anchorage Public Libraries, Alaska; two libraries in St Louis, Missouri; Kaukauna Public Library, Wisconsin; and Ramsey County Library, Minnesota. The Bookseller has published an article on this growing trend. 

The most popular books at the New York Public Library

The New York Times | Concepción de León | 13 January 2020

The New York Public Library has revealed its 10 most borrowed books in its 125 year history. The books include Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak; Goodnight Moon by Anne Carroll Moore; and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. 

UK authors protest against library closures 

The Guardian | Alison Flood | 11 January 2020

Authors including Neil Gaiman, American Gods, and Clare Fuller, Swimming Lessons, have protested against the proposed closure of 14 public libraries in Hampshire, UK. 

The popularity of ebooks around the world 

Forbes | Adam Rowe | 9 January 2020

According to a report from Rakuten OverDrive in 2019 library patrons around the world borrowed a total of 326 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines. An increase from the previous year of 20 percent. 

Preserving rare documents

The Conversation | Daniel Genkins | 6 January 2020

The Conversation has published an article on the efforts to preserve rare documents pertaining to the slave trade in the 1500s to 1800s. 

Beautiful libraries from around the world

Popular Mechanics | Tim Newcomb | 12 January 2020

There are beautiful libraries all around the world, Popular Mechanics has highlighted some of the most stunning in a recent article. These libraries include the Seattle Public Library, US; the Admont Abbey Library, Austria; and the National Library of China

A record of cat whiskers 

Colossal | Grace Ebert | 2 January 2020

A unique book has been rediscovered in the Collingwood Archive of the Cardiff University Special Collections, UK. The author of the book, Janet Gnosspelius, took the time to document the rediscovery of each of her cat's fallen whiskers.


ALIA WA Retirees holiday celebrations 

At the end of 2019 members of the ALIA WA Retirees group met up to celebrate the festive season.
Pictured: attendees at the ALIA WA Retirees group holiday celebrations.
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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.

Getting started at the National Library

National Library of Australia | 22 January 2020

The National Library of Australia is hosting the free event 'Getting Started at the National Library' at 1:00pm AEDT on 22 January 2020. For more information see the website. 

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.  

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 National 2020 Conference
4–8 May 2020

SA Tour – The new Salisbury Community Hub
30 January 2020


Libraries and Metadata

 ALIA | 16 January 2020

Discoverability is fundamental to managing any collection. Understanding and using metadata effectively ensures your resources are connected, relevant and easily found both on the web and in the broader networked world. Registrations close 16 January 2020. For more information see the website. 

Cataloguing Basics

 ALIA | 21 January 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. Registrations close 21 January 2020. For more information see the website. 

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. 


Manager, Research Library & Archives

Employer: National Gallery of Australia
Location: ACT
Closing date: 29 January 2020

VOLUNTEER: ALIA Committee Member

Employer: The Australian Government Library and Information Network (AGLIN)
Location: National
Closing date: 31 January 2020
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13 must-hear librarian podcasts

Anna Gooding-Call, writer at Book Riot, has created a list of some of the best library themed podcasts.

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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