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Submission to the Australian law reform commission inquiry into copyright and the digital economy

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian Law Librarians' Association (ALIA) to the Australian law reform commission inquiry into copyright and the digital ecomony discusses the possible reform of Australia's copyright law to benefit the digital economy.
Copyright law impacts on most of what libraries do. It affects the services that libraries can provide to their users and the conditions under which they provide access to copyright materials. It affects the way in which libraries can undertake effective archival and preservation activities. Librarians have traditionally been guardians of copyright. Now they have also become creators of copyright materials, both with digital content and organisational websites.

Strategic thinking and action for the 21st century information professional [slides]

ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference, 13-17 February 2017 Sydney: Data Information Knowledge
This conference workshop (PowerPoint slides) critiques the recent planning practices in information organizations, such as libraries, outlines methods for integrating strategic thinking and action into the daily work, argues the important role of budgets, staffing and organization in creating a strategic culture, and advances the value of applying strategic thinking and action to individual career and professional advancement.

State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment

Australian Library Design Awards and Conference, 19 June 2017 Melbourne
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) discusses the State Library of Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment plan to create a modern and innovative cultural destination supporting knowledge, learning and creativity for all Victorians.
The Australian Library Design Awards have been created to showcase the best in contemporary library interiors and exteriors in Australia, and to celebrate the investment in libraries made by our nation's institutions, corporations, local, state and territory governments. They have been developed in the context of other competitions internationally, including the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Awards and the Danish Agency for Culture Model Programme for Public Libraries Public Library of the Year Award. The entries, shortlisted and winning designs provide case studies in excellent library design for the 21st Century. 
The awards are organised by the Australian Library and Information Association in partnership with the Australian Public Library Alliance and Council of Australian University Librarians. The organising committee includes senior library leaders from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, acting on behalf of colleagues nationally. More than 30 libraries were entered for the inaugural Australian Library Design Awards 2017. Public, school, academic and special libraries all featured in the entries, and there was a special award for the library voted for by ALIA Members.

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's discussion paper relating to copyright and the digital economy

This brief submission raised the issue of libraries' limited access to ebooks for elending purposes because of publishers' restrictions on sales of ebook titles to libraries. It raised concerns about some publishers refusing to allow libraries to acquire ebooks for lending concurrent with their general release, at a fair and affordable price, and under licences that acknowledge copyright law exceptions for libraries.

Submission in response to the Australian House of Representatives Inquiry into the role of Technical and Further Education system and its operation

ALIA responded to the Inquiry into the role of Technical and Further Education system and its operation, with the aim of: (1) encouraging acknowledgement of the important role of Australian TAFE libraries in supporting VET students, and (2) explaining the importance of a VET entry point for library and information professionals. 

Supplementary Submission: Public, Educational and Digital Lending Rights

This supplementary submission is made to the Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts in regards Australia’s lending rights schemes. This short submission clarifies comments made about public and educational lending rights at the hearing on 13 November 2020, including the importance of supplementing the existing lending to cover Australian ebooks and audiobooks collected and loaned by Australia’s libraries.

Submission in response to the Exposure Draft Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) responds to the Exposure Draft Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021, proposed by the Australian Federal Government.
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes the Government’s proposed modernization of Australian copyright legislation for libraries and archives. The proposed changes will increase the Australian community’s access to our cultural collections, support creators, researchers, students and policy makers in their endeavors, and reduce redundant administrative processes for library staff.

Submission in response to the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services inquiry into ACT Libraries, September 2018

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission in response to the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee inquiry into ACT Libraries.
Public libraries in the ACT and across Australia are transforming their facilities, programs, services, technologies and staff skills to meet the challenges of our increasingly digital society. Libraries ACT is currently providing an excellent service to residents in the capital and doing so in an efficient and cost-effective way within the Territory Government. For this situation to continue, further investment is needed to meet increasing user needs and expectations. 

Submission in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper, September 2018

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper highlights the roles libraries play in supporting equitable access to new technologies and in helping people learn the skills they need to benefit from the digital age.

Subject Benchmark Statement: Librarianship, Information, Knowledge, Records and Archives Management (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

The subject benchmark standard for librarianship, information, knowledge, records and archives management defines the academic standards that can be expected of a graduate, in terms of what they might know, do and understand at the end of their studies, and describes the nature of the subject.
This document is reproduced with permission from QAA. The statement is scheduled to be revised in 2023.

Submission in response to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into ParentsNext, February 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission in response to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into ParentsNext, including its trial and subsequent broader rollout.
The location of public libraries and the services provided makes Australia's public library network an appealing opportunity for ParentsNext providers. However, library services have been used by ParentsNext providers without contacting the libraries involved. ALIA and the Australian Public Library Alliance request that ParentsNext providers consult with library managers before making use of library facilities and programs.

Special libraries directory 2020, 3rd edition

ALIA’s Special Libraries Working Group has put together this directory of special libraries to support collaboration. This directory is an update of the edition published earlier this year, and is not a comprehensive listing, but it does identify like-minded individuals working in similar situations. The aim is to enable people to share non-competitive information, insight, expertise, ideas and resources; to improve the sense of connectedness in a sector with many one-person libraries, and to strengthen special libraries’ advocacy network.

Sustainable Development Goals: Stretch targets baseline report

10 Sustainable Development Goal stretch targets are proposed for libraries in Australia from 2020-2030, following a period of refinement from September 2019. Targets address literacy; access to knowledge; equitable access; culture and heritage; sustainable communities; contribution to health and wellbeing; diversity and gender equality; lifelong learning; and global citizenship. 
The report tracks the current status of lead agencies against the SDG stretch targets as of January 2022. 

Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety

This submission examines cyber-safety and seniors focusing on the advantages and the barriers to being online and the role that public libraries already play in training for digital literacy and support for senior Australians in the online world. It describes examples of the current delivery of services such as Senior’s Internet Training and offers some suggestions to increase the level of digital literacy training for seniors, for consideration for the future. 

School library resource centre guidelines for self reflection and evaluation

This document, prepared in a joint partnership by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Schools and the Victorian Catholic Teacher Librarians (VCTL), aims to support schools in their self reflection. The information gathered would contribute to a self reflection report. In addition, the document provides a valuable strategy to use in the ongoing monitoring of the school’s improvement plans.

Share it: resource sharing futures 2018 conference program

Share it: Resource Sharing Futures Conference, 10-11 May 2018 Canberra
In collaboration with ALIA, Libraries Australia held Share it, a two-day resource sharing futures event. The aim of Share it was to discuss the current Australian resource sharing landscape and issues around the complex world of modern resource sharing. A further aim was to determine whether there is still a need for a national resource sharing service and, if so, to develop a resource sharing road map and action plan for Australia.
Day 1 of Share it was an open conference for practitioners and thinkers across the resource sharing spectrum. Local and international speakers set the scene and discussed the current Australian resource sharing landscape.
Day 2 was an invitation-only strategic workshop for leaders, thinkers and experts in the Australian resource sharing arena, and provided an opportunity to elevate their thinking around the future of resource sharing.


Submission in response to the Senate inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy discussion paper

Nationhood, national identity and democracy - Submission 63
Submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission in response to the Senate Inquiry into Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy Discussion Paper - 30 September 2019
All Australian public, school, university, TAFE and special libraries contribute to the development of an informed society and to citizens who can participate in public debate and decision making. Therefore, libraries are well placed to contribute to the discussion around nationhood, national identity and democracy. With a well-funded National, State, Territory and public library network, people have a better understanding of what it is to be Australian; are better equipped to engage in the democratic process and are more likely to be engaged citizens. The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) asks for the important work of libraries in this arena to be acknowledged in the Committee’s report.

Stop short changing TAFE students

The role of library and information professionals is to find, share and connect. To connect people with ideas, books, information, knowledge, resources and the broader community. Library services enable discovery and innovative thinking, and, as information professionals, we are trusted guides. In a global knowledge economy, our information skills have never been more important. 

Share Your Stories With the World: Victorian public libraries and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Public libraries are highly regarded institutions and leaders in the community, with significant influence on local government. The purpose of this report is to support leaders in the Victorian library sector to leverage their relationship with local government and policy makers; and to share their stories and contribute to federal reporting on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Submission in response to the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee review into telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia, August 2018

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) welcome the opportunity to respond to the Regional Telecommunications Review 2018. ALIA and APLA recommend that consideration be given to a new funding stream to support libraries and enable them to provide digital programs and services, particularly in regional, rural and remote locations. Introducing a sustainable funding model would ensure equity of access to the benefits of new technologies for all Australians and help bridge the widening digital divide.

Submission in response to the Australian Government Smart Cities Plan, June 2016

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) welcome the opportunity to respond to the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan, with its three pillars: Smart investment, Smart Policy and Smart Technology.
Public libraries have an important role to play in this vision:

  • Libraries as hubs for urban development
  • Libraries as technology hotspots
  • Libraries supporting business and enterprise
  • Libraries providing lifelong learning opportunities


School Libraries Support the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sometimes called the Global Goals, or the United Nations 2030 Agenda, are a shared vision for peace, prosperity, and the protection of the planet. At the heart of the SDGs are 17 goals, each of which is an urgent call to action for the realisation of a better world.
Libraries are uniquely positioned in relation to the SDGs, as by providing meaningful and equitable access to information, they have the potential to support all 17 of the goals. Through providing young people with the possibility and skills to make the most of information. School libraries play a significant role in contributing to and raising awareness of the goals.
This document is designed to be a practical guide, providing information, suggestions and resources on how Australian school libraries can support each of the Sustainable Development Goals now and into the future.

Snapshot of the Australian interlibrary loan environment 2018

The ALIA Interlibrary Lending Advisory Committee conducted a survey to gather information on current interlibrary loan and document delivery (ILL/DD) processes and practices in Australia. The aim of the survey was to take a snapshot of the ILL/DD environment in Australia in 2018, with a view to inform future directions.
This report outlines the findings of the survey, with some analysis and recommendations by the Committee. The information gathered will assist the Advisory Committee, and more broadly the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), in its quest to promote and improve the services provided by all kinds of library and information agencies.