A new report from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) explores the breadth of services offered by national, state, territory, university and public libraries for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and shows how these libraries celebrate local Indigenous culture.
Examples include sharing traditional stories with children in storytime sessions; providing original materials for academic and family history researchers; sourcing Indigenous books, magazines and newspapers; displaying artworks, and supporting internet connection in remote areas.
The report, Improving library services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, reveals the level of consultation between libraries and Indigenous communities, and confirms the sector’s commitment to making these welcoming places for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander library users.
ALIA President Lyndall Ley’s 2018-2019 theme is ‘Indigenous matters’ and she explained, ‘My theme highlights the way that libraries around Australia are rising to the challenge and this report shows we are making some headway in terms of programs, collections and access to physical and digital resources.
‘One area where we have seen less progress, though, is in employing more people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to work in libraries. We need their knowledge and expertise to help shape our delivery of culturally appropriate and respectful services, and to guide our collection management approach,’ she said.
For more information on the report or on ALIA’s work on Indigenous matters please see the website.
About the Australian Library and Information Association
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.
With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au
Karolina Firman, Communications Officer. Karolina.Firman@alia.org.au