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ALIA Children’s and Youth Services: Marjorie Cotton Award and Bess Thomas Award Nomination

The Marjorie Cotton Award is maintained by the ALIA Children's and Youth Services Group.
Promoting the role and image of librarians providing library services for young people, an award of $500 and citation recognise an outstanding contribution to library services for young people.
This document is an application form for peer nomination to receive the Marjorie Cotton or Bess Thomas Award.

An emerging framework for engagement, innovation and leadership

National 2016 Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead
 
This conference paper draws on the decade-long strategic and organizational change experience of a large Canadian research library to address the conference theme of ‘Engage, Create and Lead’. This paper overviews an emerging framework for sustained and successful innovation for the realization of organizational culture change. The framework under development has three interrelated elements at its core: engagement, leadership and innovation.While the presentation will have a focus on academic librarianship in the context of the global post-secondary sector, this emerging framework for engagement, leadership and innovation to effect organizational culture change offers wide applicability for all types of libraries.

A brave experiment in community-led programming [video]

ALIA New Librarians' Symposium 9 (NLS9), 5-7 July 2019 Adelaide: collaborate deviate innovate
 
Recording (MP4 audiovisual) of session on the program called the 'Cultural Forum'. The program started as a brave experiment (granted support on a 6 month trial-basis) and evolved across a 12 month period to become a radical method for community led programs in Melbourne. Yarra Libraries worked with not-for-profit organisations to build panels and address topical issues from the Stolen Generations to Manus Island and detainment.

An emerging framework for engagement, innovation and leadership

National 2016 Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead
 
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the paper which draws on the decade-long strategic and organizational change experience of a large Canadian research library to address the conference theme of ‘Engage, Create and Lead’. This paper overviews an emerging framework for sustained and successful innovation for the realization of organizational culture change. The framework under development has three interrelated elements at its core: engagement, leadership and innovation.While the presentation will have a focus on academic librarianship in the context of the global post-secondary sector, this emerging framework for engagement, leadership and innovation to effect organizational culture change offers wide applicability for all types of libraries.

ALIA information online 2017 wrap up: conference report

ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference, 13-17 February 2017 Sydney: data information knowledge
 
Lunchtime Talk: Information Online wrap-up, April 2017
 
This report provides an overview of conference sessions which focus on enhancing the user experience and interaction with collecting institutions whether this is online, through public spaces, or through their collections.
 
 

Anne Harrison Award Recipients

Miss Anne Harrison (1923-1992) was librarian-in-charge of the Brownless Medical Library at the University of Melbourne (1949-1983), and founder of the Central Medical Library Organization (1953-1994). She helped pioneer the introduction of Medline into Australia, and was a founder of the Australian Medical Librarians Group in the early 1970s, and later of the LAA Medical Librarians Section (now ALIA Health Libraries Australia). 
The Anne Harrison Award was established to commemorate her work, and to encourage others to make their own contribution to the development of health librarianship.
This document lists recipients of the Anne Harrison Award from 1987 - 2018 and research topics supported by the Award.

ALIA member code of conduct statement

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) requires members, both personal and institutional, to adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice and professional competence. All members are bound by the ALIA Constitution to act responsibly and to be accountable for their actions. The ALIA Code of Conduct establishes a common understanding of the responsibilities of members.
 
This document is superceded by "ALIA member code of conduct statement" (2020).

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ALIA NGAC submission in response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, August 2017

This submission to the ALIA Board of Directors from the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) discusses the government's plans for postal vote regarding regarding same-sex marriage. The postal plebiscite will be conducted on a voluntary basis and a final result will be secured by 15 November 2017. 
 
While there are many issues concerning the validity of the postal plebiscite including the integrity of the electoral roll, voter fraud, lost ballots and votes being administered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics without protections of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918; like many MPs and concerned Australian citizens, fundamentally the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) feels that this process is going to hurt LGBTQIA+ people.

A new mandate for the digital age: implementing electronic legal deposit at the National Library [slides]

ALIA University and Research Libraries (URLs) Lunchtime Talk: 25 May 2016 Canberra
 
On 17 February 2016 amendments to the Copyright Act, extending the legal deposit provisions to cover Australia’s digital publishing, came into effect. This presentation (PowerPoint slides) will explain the new provisions and what the changes mean for publishers and the National Library. It will cover the Library’s collecting strategies for digital publications and include a demonstration of the Library’s new edeposit service. Some of the challenges in implementing the new legislation, including providing access to digital publications, will also be discussed.

ALIA's role in the education of library and information professionals

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) sets and maintains education standards for entry into the library and information professions in Australia and it plays a vital role in ensuring library and information science professionals are supported in their continuing professional development.
 
ALIA has a responsibility as a standards and compliance body to ensure the available education courses are high-quality accredited programs, both as a basis for professional practice and as a means of ongoing professional development, and to foster forward looking and dynamic educational opportunities for library and information professionals. To this end, ALIA works collaboratively with educators, students, employers and training providers to promote and encourage continuous improvement in the education of library and information professionals, institutional support for library and information courses and the contribution of practitioner expertise to courses and for ongoing professional development.

ALIA statement on library and information services staff appointments

As the standards body for the library and information profession in Australia, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) establishes the formal qualifications required as a basis for entry to the profession. It is vital therefore that the Association promotes the principle that staff appointed to librarian and library technician positions hold qualifications appropriate to those positions. Where formal librarian or library technician qualifications are required for a particular position, this requirement should be articulated in the job description for the position.

ALIA statement on non-standard employment

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recognises that new forms of work have developed in response to the need for increased labour market flexibility. ALIA believes an appropriate, legal and fair employment policy balances the need for flexibility with protection for employees.
ALIA notes the increasing incidence of nonstandard work in Australian library and information services. The Association acknowledges the use of part-time, casual and genuine non-employee work, to the extent that it increases flexibility for both management and employees. However, the Association does not support the increasing casualisation of employment which is evident in some sectors

A moving tale: the new Meyer Vandenberg Library [slides]

ALIA Universities and Research Libraries (URLs) ACT and Australian Government Libraries Information Network (AGLIN) ACT Seminar, 9 September 2015 Canberra: change, challenges and opportunities - recasting your library skills
 
The ALIA URL group provides a networking and information-sharing forum for all levels of library staff interested in issues and trends affecting the development of university and research libraries. 
 
This seminar presentation (PowerPoint slides) outlines the process of planning and designing a new law library.

ALIA-APLA statement on fines for overdue items in Australian public libraries

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) joint statement in support of the removal of overdue fines in public libraries. 
 
A growing number of Australian public libraries are removing fines for overdue items. This is in line with the global movement to make libraries more accessible for all people in our community. A number of trials have established that often the cost of collecting overdue fines is greater than the revenue received. Overdue fines are also a distraction from the core work of public libraries: lending items, encouraging reading and facilitating free access to information.

ALIA Schools PD 2020: Building Teams - webinar [slides]

ALIA Schools Professional Development Webinar, 30 May 2020: Building Teams
 
This presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the webinar investigating: What are key staffing matters for school libraries? The quality of this service is dependent on the quality of the staff that provides it. How can team members work to their capacity and contribute effectively to the functions of their school library? 

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