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.

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:

  • 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