COVID-19 (Disease)

Executive Statement of Support to Health Libraries and Health Library Workers

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Health Libraries Australia Executive (HLA) along with the ALIA Board of Directors supports the safety and well-being of library workers and the health sciences communities. The Executive advocates for the safety of members, colleagues, health care workers, and the general public in the continuing provision of information services and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALIA supports its members during COVID-19: August 2020 - April 2021 update

Since the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) released its 'ALIA supports its Members during COVID-19' report in July 2020 much has changed. Several states have gone into and come out of lockdown, the vaccine rollout is well underway and library staff have constantly readjusted their services to meet government requirements whilst serving community needs.
 

ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee: Report on the 2020 COVID-19 survey results

In June 2020, Australia had faced its first lockdown and in many parts of the country we were starting to adapt to the ‘new normal’. The New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) noticed an apprehension among new professionals during two #AusLibChats. The May topic for #AusLibChat was Housebound and the June topic was Mindfulness. During both chats it was clear from the tweets that people were struggling to find peace during these stressful times. Many who were casuals lost their jobs. Others looking for employment were voicing their dismay at the lack of opportunities.

ALIA submission in response to the Australia Council for the Arts re-imagine discussion paper, October 2020

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission to the Australia Council for the Arts discusses how libraries across the sector have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Libraries have been highly agile, adapting and embracing new technologies, delivering online forums and making electronic resources widely available. As a sector, libraries have proved to be proactive and exceptionally resilient throughout the pandemic.
 

ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance Public Library Survey

Between 18 May and 10 July 2020, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) ran a survey through Survey Monkey, asking public libraries how they had responded to the COVID-19 lockdown during the month of April, specifically relating to new memberships, loans of print and digital items, delivery or collection services, and virtual storytimes.
 
93 responses on behalf of 293 central and branch libraries in four states and two territories were received. There were no responses for Tasmania and Victoria.
 

Submission in response to the Australian Government Senate Inquiry into COVID-19, May 2020

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) presents how libraries across the sector have supported their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The submission also discusses the issues encountered and provides the following recommendations to the Senate Committee:

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