ALIA agrees that open societies are healthy societies | ALIA endorses IFLA position


Monday, 6 February 2016, Canberra: The Board of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has endorsed the IFLA position that open societies are healthy societies.

IFLA issued this position following the recent Executive Order issued by US President, Donald Trump, barring entry into the United States by individuals from seven countries.

The IFLA position calls on all governments to protect the principles of international law that prohibit discrimination of any kind on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

IFLA's position stated: 'This policy will affect students, workers and academics, families and children. All use libraries to generate new ideas and perspectives which will benefit social, economic and cultural life.'

'The policy also adversely affects refugees fleeing extreme poverty, persecution and conflict. Libraries’ doors are open to help them find support and encouragement to learn the language and develop the skills needed to find their place. Focusing on successful integration, rather than rejection, will produce the scholars, artists, workers and engaged citizens of tomorrow.'

'History has demonstrated that openness and exchange make countries great. We call on governments, for the sake of the future, to protect these principles.'


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.



Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: | 02 6215 8225 | 0409 830 439


Monday 06 February 2017 11:30am