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ALIA Schools PD 2018: Reimagining the 21st century collection [slides]

ALIA Schools Professional Development Seminar, 17 March 2018 Glen Iris, Victoria: What does the 21st century school collection look like?
The seminar is for primary and secondary teacher librarians and others who are responsible for school library services. This presentation (PowerPoint slides) accompanies the keynote address which explores the concepts underpinning the creation and development of a modern school library collection.


ALIA Honours Board individual profiles: G-M

Over the last 80-plus years, there have been many people who have helped shape the Association and the library and information science profession in Australia – award recipients, past Presidents, Honorary Members and Fellows. In this document, you will find their inspirational stories of leadership, innovation and achievement.
This document includes individual biographical information about Honours Board recognition recipients with surnames beginning G-M.

ALIA Honours Board individual profiles: N-Z

Over the last 80-plus years, there have been many people who have helped shape the Association and the library and information science profession in Australia – award recipients, past Presidents, Honorary Members and Fellows. In this document, you will find their inspirational stories of leadership, innovation and achievement.
This document includes individual biographical information about Honours Board recognition recipients with surnames beginning N-Z.

ALIA submission in response to the Australian Government Disability Standards for Education 2020 Review, September 2020

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and ALIA Schools discusses the role of the school library in the support of teaching and learning; the right of all students to fully participate in their learning and have positive experiences in education; and how the Disability Standards for Education make a positive difference by drawing attention to the need to accommodate students of all abilities.

ALIA working for special libraries 2016-2021: Report March 2021

In 2016, at the ALIA National Conference in Adelaide, we invited 28 leaders from special libraries in government, health, law, research and other fields to come together and discuss the issues affecting the sector, with the aim of developing the basis for a collaborative national action plan.
From this summit came three strategic priorities which have guided the work of ALIA’s Special Libraries Working Group over the last five years. These were advocacy, mutual support, research and best practice. This document sets out how these three priorities have translated into new resources, networking events and learning experiences for our Members.

A daring challenge: how to reinvent a library service

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
[Peer reviewed] This conference paper discusses the experience of re-establishing the Allan Bean Centre (ABC) Library service following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
Libraries for patients in hospitals and rehabilitation centres have a long history internationally, of supporting patients during their rehabilitation. An example of such a library is the Allan Bean Centre (ABC) based at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch a client centred, inclusive and visionary approach towards information provision for people with a spinal core injury (SCI). The ABC library’s main objective is to foster the wellbeing and recovery of patients through offering a range of materials and services; for example, therapy, education and training —by providing an holistic library service consisting of good quality information, resources and training.
Six years after the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011 the Allan Bean Centre Library was demolished. The loss of the library had a significant impact on the hospital’s patients, families and whanau and people with disabilities in the Christchurch community. The challenge for any library that loses its building is how to carry on and continue as normal.  As the Allan Bean Centre is not for profit — there were no funds to rebuild. Whilst waiting for a solution the ABC Library reinvented itself by setting up a number of initiatives.  There were other challenges to face which necessitated creative thinking and daring. Three years later, the library is still in a state of flux, although there is the possibility of a new space becoming available in the future. 
In the interim the ABC library must continue to provide resources, training and information to patients and their families and carers. This paper will report on the initiatives employed and how collaboration with a number of agencies was imperative.  


ALIA Strategic Plan 2021-2024

The ALIA Board met on 10 August 2021 to develop the next iteration of the ALIA Strategic Plan 2020-2024, with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as its planning framework. At this time, and for the next four  years, the ALIA Board foresees the need for a four-fold approach:

  1. Supporting a resilient, diverse workforce
  2. Developing alliances and collaborative ventures
  3. Succeeding through advocacy
  4. Enhancing Member value

In addition to ALIA’s ongoing investment in advocacy and the development of critical stakeholder relationships, the workplan for 2021-2024 will feature three major areas of activity linked to the strategic priorities and ALIA’s continued commitment to the SDG.

  1. Delivery of the Professional Pathways initiative 
  2. Review and refresh of ALIA’s structure and operations
  3. Increased focus on ALIA and the Sustainable Development Goals

ALIA Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan: May 2019 - January 2021

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is committed to reconciliation in Australia. Respect for the diversity, individuality and equality of all and recognition of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a core value within the ALIA Strategic Plan 2018–2022.
ALIA’s commitment to developing the first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan was confirmed by the development of a Working Group in February 2019 which has guided the development of the ALIA RAP. The Working Group champions all aspects of the RAP internally and consists of five ALIA staff members along with the Indigenous Curator of the National Library of Australia.

ALIA-APLA submission in response to the Australian Government National Preventative Health Strategy consultation, April 2021

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), and ALIA Health Libraries Australia discusses how public libraries support people to gain information and health literacy skills; and the role of health libraries as important sources of information for medical students, researchers, clinicians, and other health practitioners.


Australian public libraries statistical report 2014-15

Compiled by the State Library of Queensland's Regional Access and Public Libraries division on behalf of the National and State Libraries Australasia, this report is an overview of the services, infrastructure, income and expenditure of each state and territory's public libaries.
In 2014-15:

  • Australia had 1,631 public library service points and outlets with 1,392 branches, 77 mobiles and 162 other outlets
  • over 166.7 million items were lent to 8.2 million members of Australia’s public libraries
  • over 114 million customers visited, or more than 9.5 million per month
  • over 38 million items were made available for the use of the community and over $130 million was spent on ensuring that these collections remain up to date and relevant
  • total expenditure on public libraries increased to over $1.14 billion, representing a 19.6% increase since 2010-2011
  • over 194,000 library programs were attended by more than 5.8 million people.

A happy compromise: collaborative approaches to school library designing

ALIA National 2014 Conference, 15-19 September 2014 Melbourne : together we are stronger
This conference presentation draws upon a recent study (Bland, Hughes & Willis, 2013). After a brief literature review, it outlines the research design (qualitative case study, semi-structured interviews, and grounded theory analysis).
Findings of this study support successful (re)designing of public, academic and school libraries that respond to users’ changing information and learning needs. While library contexts vary, the same principles of stakeholder collaboration and community connection apply. The findings are of potential interest to teacher-librarians, school principals, education authorities, information professionals and library managers, to guide innovative user-centred library planning and resourcing.

Australian Library and Information Association 26th Annual General Meeting Notice of meeting, agenda and special resolutions 21 May 2014

Notice of meeting, agenda and special resolutions of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) 26th Annual General Meeting held on 21 May 2014 at ALIA House, Canberra.
Special resolutions to amend the ALIA Constitution.

ALIA Board climate change statement

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Board accepts that climate change is a dangerous reality and that its effects pose an increasing threat to libraries and the communities they serve. 
The statement outlines actions being taken by ALIA to respond to climate change by supporting its members, reducing the association's own environmental footprint and being and active participant in collective efforts to improve the outlook for the planet.

ALIA Top End Symposium 2018 program

10th ALIA Top End Symposium, 12-13 October 2018 Darwin: Enabling universal literacies in the digital age
The symposium provides a professional development opportunity for local information professionals to engage with national and international experts on universal literacies, a theme deemed to be of interest to all members of the community. This event is a premium professional development activity for information and library workers in the Northern Territory.
The theme of the symposium was 'Enabling Universal Literacies in the Digital Age'.
In the digital age, the information industries – GLAMR and ICT – are critical partners in helping to achieve all of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
“Public access to information in all its forms enables people to make informed decisions that can improve their lives. Communities that have access to timely and relevant information are better positioned to benefit from quality education, see a reduction in inequality, and are supported when it comes to health, culture, research and innovation …”
Speakers addressed how information industries are progressing in assisting to achieve the SDGs using any or all of the following themes: Access, Education, Sustainability.


ALIA LIS education, skills and employment trend report 2020

Each year the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) trend reports provide Members, including employees, employers, students and educators, with an understanding of the national library and information science (LIS) education and employment landscape. 
As the sector’s peak professional body, ALIA promotes the use of accurate data and analysis to drive evidence-based policy and planning. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided additional challenges in data collection, with some government agencies forced to pause or alter their reporting, or to release data with strong cautions as to reliability.
To address this data gap, for the first year ALIA conducted a survey of Institutional Members. The survey provided a snapshot of the industry during the pandemic and gauged sentiment about the future. This survey supplements information gathered from other sources including the annual course returns from ALIA accredited courses and the latest figures from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.