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Guidelines on dispersal of collections in government agency libraries

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recognises that government agency libraries frequently hold collections of long-term significance for Australian heritage and research. These guidelines are intended for all Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies, as a guide to what to do in situations where agency libraries plan to dispose of material. The guidelines provide for the orderly disposal of library collections when the parent organisation has decided not to retain them.

AGLIN Commonwealth Government Agency Libraries Review: Stage 2 Report

In 2015, the Executive of the Australian Government Libraries and Information Network (AGLIN) commissioned a study into Commonwealth Government library and research services. Following a literature review discussing the issues and challenges facing contemporary government information services (Hallam & Faraker, 2016), relevant organisational data about the individual services was collected through an online service, and library staff shared their views and insights in a series of focus groups.

ALIA submission to the Review of the Australian Government’s use of Information and Communication Technology, July 2008

This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) discusses how government libraries provide a key part of the information management infrastructure of government agencies. In order for public service employees and clients of government agencies to benefit from online information resources an approach is needed to ensure that:
a) quality information resources are available cost-effectively to support policy development and program delivery;

Not simple, not straightforward and not an instant cost saving: the realities of closing a government department library

This document, created by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and ALIA Australian Government Libraries Information Network (AGLIN), provides information for government libraries which are threatened with closure. It highlights the difficulties, complexity and cost of closing a library; and the difficulties of continuing the provision of library services without a library and information science professional in place.


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