This document contains a snapshot of some of the innovative programs, events and activities taking place over the last 12 months or so in Australian public libraries. It features nearly 60 examples, which give together some idea of the variety of what’s happening all around the country.
The Australian Library and Information Association's year of advocacy came out of the ALIA Public Libraries Summit, which took place at the National Library of Australia, in Canberra, in July 2009. The summit program was built around four themes and we have taken these as the basis for our case studies. They are:
- Children, early reading and a literate Australia
- Encouraging the digital economy and digital citizenship
- Health and ageing
- Social inclusion