- ALIA released a statement in response to the 2019 bushfires which featured information on how ALIA Members could assist those affected by the bushfires. ALIA also created the page How you can help: bushfire recovery.
- ALIA released a message of support for Drag Queen Storytimes following a protest at a Brisbane public library. Additionally, ALIA sought images from libraries across Australia to highlight to demostrate our support of Drag Queen Storytimes. The collage of images can be seen below:
- On 29 January 2020, ALIA released the sixth annual ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report. The 2019 edition reveals a 10-year decline in the number of institutions accredited by ALIA, from 31 in 2010 to 23 in 2020 (predicted), and in the number of LIS courses offered, down from 50 in 2010 to 34 in 2020 (predicted).
ALIA launched a new resource for our special library members – the ALIA Special Libraries Directory. The directory will be updated as new information is received.
ALIA President Robert Knight OAM, chose leadership as the theme for his presidential year. As a part of this, ALIA investigated where the sector is performing well, and where there is room for improvement. These survey results were compiled in the NextGen Leadership Scorecard Survey Findings report. It provides the basis for further discussions at our ALIA Leadership & Innovation Forums in early 2020.
ALIA extended its offer of support to its USA counterparts following news on a proposed bill in Missouri, US, which would bar libraries from stocking certain books with legal consequences for library staff who refuse to comply. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has released a statement protesting this bill.
In 2019, ALIA along with the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) and ALIA Health Libraries Australia secured $1 million in funding for libraries from the Australian Digital Health Agency to run train the trainer programs. These started on 3 February 2020 at the following NSW public libraries: Sutherland Shire Library; Maroubra Library; Penrith Library; Northern Beaches Library; and Campbelltown Library.
- (ALIA) Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) received final endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. The development of the RAP began during 2018-2019 as part of then-President Lyndall Ley’s focus on Indigenous matters, with an ALIA House team supported by Rebecca Bateman, Indigenous Curator at the National Library of Australia, representing ALIA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library Information and Resource Network (ATSILIRN) Group. The ALIA Reflect RAP has been included in the ALIA Library, accessible from the ALIA website. It features The Rainbow Serpent bark painting by Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, which was purchased by the Library Association of Australia to commemorate its Darwin conference in 1986. This artwork now hangs in the conference room at ALIA House.
- ALIA APLA partnered with News Corp newspaper titles to promote library storytimes as part of the Raise a Reader campaign, including free posters.
- ALIA supported and promoted Safer Internet Day 2020. The theme for the day was 'together for a better internet'. Free resources have been made available for the day.
- ALIA suppported World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020, promoted the day's free resources, bookmarks and posters.