Library and Information Week

Rewrite. Renew. Reimagine.

The act of rewriting stories has been an essential part of expanding and varying our point of view, reimagining or re-evaluating the past, and envisioning alternative futures. At its most powerful, rewriting, or reweaving narratives can give light and voice to figures whose perspectives are yet to be told.

Yet as we know, stories are not confined to the page or the stage, to song or to screen. Narratives help us make meaning of our experiences, guide how we communicate and think and can configure our path through life, acting as powerful frameworks to help us meet our goals.

This Library and Information Week we are encouraging everyone to re-engage with the library, immerse yourself in the resources and collections, ponder on the stories we’ve been told and modify old understandings with revised stories ...or re-tell them with a fresh new vision.

Want to begin research for your novel? Want to start mapping or expanding your family tree? Want to make an edit in a Wikipedia entry, or unearth something new in the archive? Perhaps you want to reimagine the possibilities for your career, or simply conduct a thought experiment that might lead to a radical, transformative, idea. You can do all of this and much more provided you are equipped with access to information and a desire for deeper enquiry.

Library and information services employees of all kinds are both generalists and specialists. The access to information they provide can empower library users everywhere to reflect on old narratives, rewrite their own stories and others, to revise what we know, to seek and understand a different perspective so that we can make better choices about our future, as individuals and as a community.

From some of our recent conversations with our Members, we know you are asking questions about what the future of the industry looks like and how we can make it better, stronger and more inclusive. This curiosity will inevitably lead each of us to consider and propose solutions on how we could rewrite, refresh and reimagine our careers, workplaces and the industry as a whole.

We hope this theme will spark some ideas about activities and events for your library users this LIW. We also hope you will join in some of the industry focused days that encourage conversations about new ways of doing things and the future of your career and the profession.



Rewriting or reweaving narratives can give voice to figures whose perspectives are yet to be told.

What stories could you rewrite? This Library and Information Week we're encouraging schools and public libraries to feature texts, stories and narratives re-written from another’s perspective and put out the call for library users to submit their own rewritten stories.

We are also hosting a webinar with the Australian Compassion Council all about ‘Deep Listening’ and the concept of the Human Library Project. Come along to learn more about Deep Listening and how you could start a Human Libraries Project in your library.

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This year we are collaborating with the Australian Charter for Compassion to run a Human Library project on 21 September 2022 – the International Day of Peace and National Day of Compassion.

The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

The Charter for Compassion is a global group that is represented in Australia through the Australian Compassion Council who are Deep Dreaming Australia A Continent for Compassion.

The Australian Council members comprise academics, policy makers, consultants and palliative care mentors and each year they organise a National Day of Compassion. In 2022 the focus is on Deep Listening which fits very well with the Human Library’s by-line of Unjudge Someone.

Support for all libraries participating in this project will made available to them from the Human Library, including some key points for the human books who are asked questions they would prefer not to answer.

See for more information about the Australian Charter for Compassion.


The state-wide Victorian campaign of Return Yourself to the Library has been a great success. Developed by a working group within Public Libraries Victoria’s LibMark Special Interest Group, the campaign has helped public library services around Victoria promote their service as a valuable community facility that is safe for users to return to.

Join campaign collaborator Brendan Eichholzer from Yarra Plenty Regional Library in this special webinar from 12.30 to 1.15pm on Tuesday 26 July and find out how you can customise the campaign and roll it out locally.


Today we launch the ALIA Professional Pathways Consultation in Meanjin (Brisbane) at the State Library of Queensland.

If you are interested in the future of the library and information profession, come along to hear about progress on this boldly ambitious project for a diverse and future-ready workforce. The consultation launch will be introduced by State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald, and presented by Trish Hepworth, ALIA’s Director of Policy and Education and library consultant Dr Gillian Hallam.

There are two options to attend the launch, either in-person at SLQ or remotely via the live stream link. Bookings are essential for in-person attendance, and include afternoon tea following the launch. Find out more.

You can also join the NSLA and OCLC Reimagine Descriptive Workflows webinar on Wednesday 27 July 10-11.30am AEST, Reimagine Descriptive Workflows is an OCLC project aimed at understanding and addressing harm caused by cultural institutions’ metadata and collection description practices. Hear from Australasian members of the project advisory group Rebecca Bateman, Katrina Tamaira and Damien Webb and consider how the project’s resulting community agenda and framework of guidance might be used by libraries and archives in the region.

Find out more and register here


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals which span economic, environmental and social development.

While the SDGs are universal goals, each country is responsible for developing and implementing national strategies to achieve them and will be expected to track and report progress. As these national plans are developed, libraries are in a unique position to create initiatives which promote the SDGs and foster change in their communities.

Today we’re encouraging discussion and sharing around the sustainable initiatives in your library. Stay tuned to our social media channels to join the discussion! 


Refresh your ideas around CPD, how to integrate it into your work, how to maximise ALIA membership with CPD. Tune into our social channels for these discussions.

What is Library and Information Week?

This is the week where we celebrate the work that library and information workers do all around Australia.

Every year, libraries and information services throughout Australia showcase their resources and services to their communities, through programs and events. Whether it's a library in your school, community, university, hospitals, cultural or law institutions, this week is an opportunity to learn more about what they do and the important roles they play in our local community, work and personal lives.

This week was first celebrated in 1968 as Australian Library Week, organised by the Australian Library Promotion Council. After the Council folded in the late 1980s, the Australian Library and Information association took responsibility for the week, and it was eventually changed to Library and Information Week in 2000, to reflect and build awareness of the broader range of the library and information services sector, and promote all types of library and information services in Australia.

Previous Library and Information Week themes have included:

  • 2023 – Where's the source?
  • 2022 – Rewrite, Renew, Reimagine
  • 2021 – Adventures in Space and Time
  • 2020 – Create
  • 2019 – Truth, Integrity, Knowledge
  • 2018 – Find yourself in a library
  • 2017 – Celebrate
  • 2016 – Discover More
  • 2015 – Imagine
  • 2014 – Join the Dots
  • 2013 – Share your story
  • 2012 – Think Outside the Book
  • 2011 – Libraries: We Find Stuff!
  • 2010 – Access All Areas
  • 2009 – Libraries your passport to discovery!
  • 2008 – Libraries are for Everyone
  • 2007 – Linking People with Ideas
  • 2006 – Linking People with Ideas @your library
  • 2005 – Posters themes: 'feeding hungry young minds', 'most user friendly search engine', 'what's on your librarians mind?'
  • 2004 – Down and Loaded
  • 2003 – Power your Mind
  • 2002 – Libraries Change Lives
  • 2001 – Libraries Information Matters and Libraries Knowledge Outlook
  • 2000 – Here for the Long Run
  • 1999 – Libraries: Explore and Discover
  • 1998 – Pathways to Knowledge
  • 1997 – Libraries: a Web of Information
  • 1996 – Reading the future
  • 1995 – Destination Information