Public libraries

ALIA submission to the Review of the Australian Government’s use of Information and Communication Technology, July 2008

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) discusses how government libraries provide a key part of the information management infrastructure of government agencies. In order for public service employees and clients of government agencies to benefit from online information resources an approach is needed to ensure that:
 
a) quality information resources are available cost-effectively to support policy development and program delivery;

ALIA-APLA submission in response to the Australian Government Inquiry into Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions, October 2020

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australia Public Library Alliance (APLA) discusses the expansion of libraries into the broader arts and culture mix; the ongoing need for university qualified library and information professionals; and the benefits of creative and cultural industries to Australian society.
 
ALIA-APLA provides the following recommendations:

ALIA submission to Infrastructure Australia, October 2008

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) discusses how investment in libraries can be expected to generate economic as well as social, cultural and environmental benefits. Libraries sustain the community in social, cultural and environmental terms and contribute positively in terms of economic value, benefit and activity. ALIA advocates the development of an informed society that can partake and participate in skilled decision-making.
 

ALIA submission to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network, July 2009

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the state public library associations welcome the opportunity to comment on the Senate Select Committee's inquiry into the National Broadband Network (NBN). We believe that, with its high usage of electronic information services and public access points, the library and information services sector is a major stakeholder in the national broadband strategy.

 

ALIA submission to 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, December 2009

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) highlights the role public libraries can play as part of the emergency management process and reinforces their contribution, not only to information and learning, but also as a ‘third place’ – not home, school or work, but a shared community space.

 

ALIA-APLA submission in response to the Department of Communications Regional Connectivity Program discussion paper, September 2019

This joint submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) discusses the role of public libraries in the digital space, enhancing people’s online experiences, helping people connect to this new virtual world, and providing a safety net for those who are in danger of being left behind, particularly in terms of the ability to access government information.
 

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