Tuesday 30 August 2016, Adelaide: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has unveiled a new online information hub.
Called ALIA READ (Resources, Electronic and Archived Documents), it is designed to be an open access hub for ALIA generated information.
ALIA READ was created with the support of ALIA Member Joanne Achison, formerly Manager at the Australian Emergency Management Library, who spent 10 weeks at ALIA House working with IT Manager Jedd Casella to create the framework for READ ALIA, based on Dublin Core Metadata, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and using a Drupal platform.
Sue McKerracher, CEO of ALIA, said: 'Jo and Jedd not only scoped and built READ ALIA, they have also populated it with more than 300 items, such as annual reports, conference papers, trend reports, standards and guidelines, planning aides, policies, advocacy guides and submissions to government reviews.
'Their work was complemented by Veronica Delafosse’s incredible commitment to putting the ALIA Health Libraries Australia Group (HLA) records online. Veronica worked with Jo to upload HLA newsletters, reports and other information dating back to the 1970s.'
READ ALIA requires volunteer assistance to help the Association catalogue resources, so that we can upload even more information to the portal, in a timely fashion. If you would like to volunteer, please email use READ ALIA email address.
'Your help will be much appreciated and will ensure that future generations of library and information professionals have access to the rich knowledge contained in our records, ' Ms McKerracher concluded.
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. www.alia.org.au
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