Books and reading

Books Create Australia update: November 2018

Books Create Australia is an alliance of those working in the Australian book industry who all agree: a reading nation makes for a better nation. With that in mind, authors, publishers, libraries and booksellers have come together as Books Create Australia to take collaborative steps to preserve, promote and value Australian books and writing not only in the short-term, but also in the future. This document sets out the achievements of the alliance.

Reading engagement through reading comprehension [slides]

ALIA Schools Professional Development Seminar, 10 August 2019 Melbourne: Reading for Everyone
 
This presentation (PowerPoint slides) accompanied the keynote address 'Reading intervention' which explored why literacy intervention is crucial to students’ learning success, how to assess the learning needs of students, how intervention in reading is part of the role of the school library and identify ways the teacher librarian can contribute to being part of this program.

National Year of Reading 2012: evaluation report

This report is an evaluation of how the National Year of Reading helped to build a reading culture across the nation. The evaluation was undertaken by The Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. The report describes the nature and outcomes of the National Year of Reading in the four case studies, including a consideration of what participating organisations delivered beyond what would normally be expected of them.

Australian Public Library Alliance achievements 2016-2018

The ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) is the peak body for public libraries in Australia. Our committee comprises the chair of every state-based public library association, a senior representative from the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmanian library services, and expert members. We represent 94% of all the 1500 public libraries across Australia through membership subscription.

Early literacy framework and strategy for Australian public libraries

The purpose of this national early literacy framework and strategy for Australian public libraries is to define the special role of public libraries in early literacy; to raise the profile of the important role that public libraries play in pre-school learning both internally (with library staff) and externally, with the public, government and especially funding bodies; to gain formal recognition from government and other agencies providing early childhood support and services, resulting in the inclusion of public library representatives in high level state, territory and local government p

Australian Public Library Alliance achievements

The ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) is the peak body for public libraries in Australia. Our committee comprises the chair of every state-based public library association, a senior representative from the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmanian library services, and expert members. We represent 94% of all the 1500 public libraries across Australia through membership subscription.

ALIA postion statement on ebooks and elending. May 2013

Taking into account feedback received from library and information professionals, ALIA developed a set of key principles for the procurement and use of ebooks in Australian libraries. These basic principles will guide the sector’s response to government policy and commercial initiatives, support our lobbying and advocacy, and enable us to take the lead in areas over which we have direct control.

Fifty:Fifty by 2020

This paper discusses the future of collections, 50:50 by 2020, is now available. ALIA predicts that library print and ebook collections will establish a 50:50 equilibrium by 2020 and that this balance will be maintained for the foreseeable future. To see the supporting evidence and get an idea of what this will mean for libraries and library management.

Eighty:20 by 2020

In November 2013, ebooks were, metaphorically speaking, flying out of the door and ALIA made a bold statement that ‘library print and ebook collections will establish a 50:50 equilibrium by 2020 and that this balance will be maintained through to 2040, when the last print-only generation hits 50’. In less than two years, the initial ebook sales boom has settled and the book industry is predicting the ebook phenomenon will plateau at around 20–30% of books sales, with print books remaining the dominant format.

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