Libraries

Submission in response to the Australian Public Service Review, first round consultation

Submission by ALIA to the first round consulation of the Australian Public Service Review, 31 July 2018.
This review is looking at the capability, culture and operating model of the APS.
The submission presents a case against library staffing and service reductions in government libraries and requests that the APS Review consider the following five recommendations:
1. That the review recognise the importance of knowledge and information to the efficient and effective operation of the APS.

How public libraries contribute to the STEM agenda 2017

This report, produced by ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) demonstrates how public libraries are supporting the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) agenda as centres of informal learning.  It showcases what can be achieved through local government investment and public library staff skills and creativity.
 
It is based on presentations at the STEAM into Sydney Conference held at the State Library of New South Wales in March 2017 in conjunction with the mid-term meeting of the IFLA Standing Committee on Public Libraries.  

Finding our way with design thinking at University of Sydney

ALIA Information Online 2015 Conference, 2-5 February Sydney : at the edge.
This conference paper discusses Design Thinking (DT) as an innovative way to approach the issues that arise with varied and changing situations currently facing libraries, with particular reference to the academic library setting.  DT draws on discourse from a diverse range of disciplines to provide a methodological framework for user-centred problem solving (Dorst, 2011).

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