ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 16–22 April 2020  
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ALIA Weekly Volume 8 Issue 16–22 April 2020  



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Over a thousand documents now available through the ALIA Library

ALIA | 22 April 2020

ALIA is pleased to announce that its free to access ALIA Library, now has more than 1,000 catalogued collection items. Formerly known as READ ALIA, the library contains conference papers, reports, surveys, standards, guidelines and other information produced by the Association to support the work of library and information professionals in Australia and around the world. Resources can be found using a keyword or advanced search or by subject if you have a particular topic in mind. Some records have a link to Trove where you can find further information and library holdings. You can read the ALIA Library Collection Statement.

New services emerging in Australian libraries

ALIA | April 2020

ALIA has updated its webpage, How libraries are responding to COVID-19, with a case study featuring Salisbury Library Service, SA, and how they are delivering a 'click and collect' service. Additionally, public libraries across the nation are hosting virtual storytimes, thanks to a copyright agreement negotiated by ALIA, including Campbelltown City Library, NSW; City of Darwin Libraries, NT; Moreton Bay Region Libraries; QLD; Hamra Centre Library, SA; Maryborough Regional Library, VIC; and City of South Perth Libraries, WA.
We would love to hear how your library is adapting to the pandemic, email us at

Weekly highlights from the ALIA Board

ALIA Board | 17 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
Who could have believed that our lives would change so dramatically in the five weeks since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March? This situation would have been unimaginable at the start of the year, when our focus was on bushfires and extreme weather events. We all thought those disasters were the worst we would face. Our organisations are now having to take disaster preparedness plans to an unprecedented level and the cultural heritage sector MayDay campaign this year will take on a whole new significance. Read the full message on the ALIA website

Win an NSS 2020 prize pack

ALIA | 1 May 2020

ALIA is running a competition to win National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 (NSS 2020) merchandise packs. To be in the running to win one of seven packs and a copy of the book all you need to do is 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. 

INCITE goes digital for July/August issue

ALIA | 19 May 2020

The July/August issue of INCITE will be published as an open access digital-only issue, freely available to download from the ALIA website. We are currently seeking articles following the theme of Digital Freedoms, and other news stories from the sector. See our website for more information on these changes, and submission guidelines. The submission deadline is 19 May 2020. 

ALIA Connects 

ALIA | April 2020

ALIA has created a series of free downloadable jigsaw puzzles for you and your family to enjoy at home, we have also made a series of Zoom backgrounds for library professionals to use during their staff meetings or patron presentations. For more information see the ALIA Connects webpage

Stay informed about COVID-19

ALIA | April 2020

ABC News has created a series of COVID-19 content links in languages other than English, which ALIA has added to this webpage

Impact of Fire and Storm Events on GLAM Institutions 2020

Blue Shield Australia | 22 April 2020

Blue Shield Australia, of which ALIA is a founder organiser, has released the report, Impact of Fire and Storm Events on GLAM Institutions 2020. Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO, assisted in creating the report.

Ageism in the time of COVID-19

Every Age Counts Coalition | April 2020

The Every Age Counts Coalition, of which ALIA is a member, has published the statement 'Ageism in the time of COVID-19'. The coalition has also made a joint statement of solidarity between the generations with EveryChild

Public libraries continue to support their patrons 

Public libraries have been recognised in news articles including Launceston Library, TAS; City of Rockingham Libraries and City of Wanneroo Libraries, both in WA; Bundaberg Regional Libraries, QLD; Goldfields Library Corporation, VIC; and these NSW libraries Orange City LibraryShoalhaven Library, and Newcastle LibrariesThe Sydney Morning Herald has also published the opinion article 'Children paying the price of library shutdowns' by Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky. 

News from Australia's national and state libraries 

Australia's national and state libraries continue to support their patrons. The State Library of NSW has its NSW at Home webpage; the State Library of SA has been highlighting its digital collections; and the State Library of QLD has published the article Commemorate Differently this Anzac Day. AdditionallyTime Out/In has also published an article on how to get a library card from the National Library of Australia

CAUL and AOASG joint statement

CAUL and AOASG | 21 April 2020

The Council of Australian University Librarians and the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group have made a joint statement in support of open access to scholarly content during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Update on library industry news 

Thousands of Victorian council workers have been stood down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including casual library staff working for Maribyrnong Council. NSW council workers, including those working in libraries, are set to receive financial support if they are entirely stood down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This support will be made available to fulltime staff, who will be paid $858.20 a week for three months after an initial period of four weeks' paid special leave, however casuals cannot access the payments.

Arts and cultural sector news 

In arts and cultural news, the Australian Book Industry Awards will be presented online this year on 13 May 2020. Data gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the sector it defines as ‘Arts and Recreation’ has been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than half (53%) of businesses ceasing to operate in the past month. The Australian Society of Authors has released a statement which condemns the US based Internet Archive, and its 'National Emergency Library'; which it says contains illegally digitised copies of copyrighted books, and the Australian Publishers Association has created a COVID-19 resources webpage. 


IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 cancelled

IFLA | April 2020

IFLA has cancelled its World Library and Information Congress 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently the IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year award 2020, which was set to be presented at the conference, has been cancelled. For more information see the webpage. 

International libraries working together

ANU Library | 23 April 2020

The Australian National University Library has created a webpage with details on how international libraries have responded to COVID-19. 

The popularity of US public libraries 

SmartCitiesDive | Cailin Crowe | 14 April 2020

SmartCitiesDive has published the article 'Libraries face more demand than during Great Recession: report'. 

Drones in the library

The Asahi Shimbun | Shigeo Hirar | 11 April 2020

Library books in the Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, will soon be shelved and organised using drone technology.

Online projects you can assist at home

Atlas Obscura | Matthew Taub | 7 April 2020

Atlas Obscura has published an article which features six transcription and digitisation projects that you can work on from home, from transcribing whaling logs to science fiction zines. For more information see the website. 

Digitising 100,000 historic texts 

Atlas Obscura | Matthew Taub | 7 April 2020

The Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, Belgium, is undergoing the gargantuan task of digitising more than 100,000 collection items


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.

World Book and Copyright Day

 UNESCO | 23 April 2020

UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day is tomorrow, 23 April 2020, and you can celebrate with the State Library of NSW

From the Frontlines 

 Australasian Institute of Digital Health | 24 April 2020

ALIA is pleased to support the upcoming virtual conference From the Frontlines, run by the Australasian Institute of Digital Health. The conference takes place at 9:00am AEST on 24 April 2020 and features engaging presentations by healthcare professionals. The full program can be seen on the website. 

Online 1980s trivia night

 ALIA Victoria | 24 April 2020

ALIA Victoria is hosting an online 1980s trivia night on 24 April 2020. For more information see the website. 

World Intellectual Property Day 2020

 World Intellectual Property Organization | 26 April 2020

ALIA is pleased to support World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2020. ALIA has cosigned a letter calling for the safeguarding of cultural heritage. 

Free online safety presentations

 Be Connected | 27 April 2020

Be Connected is running a free online presentation on staying safe online on 27 April 2020. For more information see the website. 

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. 

Copyright and Remote Supply for Australian Libraries and Archives

ALCC | 11 May 2020

Through ALIA's membership of the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee, ALIA Members can attend the free webinar Copyright and Remote Supply for Australian Libraries and Archives on 11 May 2020. 

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. 

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. 


Now and next: what a post-COVID world may bring for libraries

This blog identifies ten potential trends that are arising out of the current global crisis and explores what they mean in terms of trends shaping the future of libraries. What will be necessary to uphold (or restore) core library values when the crisis is over?

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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