Resource description & access

Submission in response to the Australian Government review of Australian classification regulation, February 2020

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and our library members welcome the opportunity, through the review of Australian classification regulation, to address a problem which has been an issue for libraries for a number of years, and which has now reached a critical point. 

Yolŋu Rom Napurrn Dhukarr: A Living Room Project in Galiwin’ku Community Library, North East Arnhem Land [slides]

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the conference paper which discusses the 2017 East Arnhem Regional Council and the Northern Territory Library pilot program to trial a new way, ‘A Yolŋu Way’, of architecting a new user experience in the Galiwin’ku community. The program aimed to develop a way of classifying community library collections and knowledge according to local Aboriginal concepts.


ALIA submission in response to the Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reforms Discussion Paper, October 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has been an active participant in the discussions around the proposed Data Sharing and Release Legislation, and we would like to commend the Office of the National Data Commissioner on the extent and depth of the consultation process. We understand that there is further work to be undertaken and welcome the opportunity to continue to be involved and to highlight the evolving role of library and information professionals, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (the FAIR principles).

Transforming collection description

ALIA Information Online 2019 Conference, 11-15 February 2019 Sydney: Infinite Possibilities
This conference paper explores how the National Library of Australia has transformed collection description and access for its digital heritage collections. The fundamental change from an item-by-item process, to large-scale data collection achieves efficiencies, enables rapid access, and allows the collection of previously complex electronic formats from publishers, photographers and donors.



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