Frequently asked questions
Why is it good for storytime users?
It enables libraries to include children and families who can’t come to storytime sessions at libraries, for example, where both parents are working and can’t get to the library, as well as those living in socially disadvantaged areas where transport options are limited but internet access and devices are not, and those in rural and remote areas.
Why is it good for the book industry?
The main benefit for picture book publishers, authors and illustrators and bookshops will be the direct marketing channel to families with young children – but there will also be a useful sum of cash transferred back to publishers and creators from the library subscriptions, and libraries which don't have some of the books in their collection already may well buy them from booksellers.
What branding does a library need to add?
Storytimes will need to carry an opening slide featuring the Australia Reads logo (the joint industry campaign) and acknowledging that permission has been given for the video. A template is available to download from the ALIA website - click on the image to link to the PowerPoint. Publishers will also nominate URLs for books and/or authors to be listed by libraries alongside the videos.
How long is the pilot program?
This is a 12-month pilot program, from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.
Why a payment per library branch rather than per service?
The largest library service in Australia has more than 30 branches, the smallest only one. We have priced it per library branch to make it more affordable for all.
Why are recordings only put up for six months, not 12 months?
Publishers prefer this shorter timescale for the pilot program.
How do we know who uses which books?
ALIA will provide full transparency about the books used, the funds received and passed on. ALIA will monitor and report on the usage by libraries each quarter. These reports will be published on the ALIA website.
When will publishers be paid?
There will be an annual payment. This will be made in January 2022, to account for the subscriptions and usage in the previous 12 months.
How will authors and illustrators be paid?
Publishers will make payments to the creators based on their own contract arrangements.
What about recordings made during the COVID-19 lockdown?
Libraries can transition existing recordings using books from the nominated list, made in 2020, to the new subscription, for a maximum of six months from the date of this agreement, for recordings produced by libraries during 2020, and six months from the date the recording is first posted to a sharing platform, for those made after the date of this agreement.
Can libraries make Auslan versions of storytime videos?
Yes, publishers have agreed that permissions cover a presenter signing the book in Auslan, with featured signs and words in English, alongside the visible text.
What happens to copyright?
The copyright in the publications remains with the publishers. Libraries only have copyright of the recording of the virtual storytime session.
Does the subscription cover titles not on the book list?
No, only those that are listed. But libraries are welcomed to request books to be considered by the relevant publishers for adding to the list.
Does it cover music?
The agreement does not cover music or songs, unless those songs are already covered under public domain.
Can other types of libraries eg schools, subscribe?
This agreement only covers activities performed as an official program of an Australian public library service.
Where can I find more information?
Contact us at [email protected].