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National Simultaneous Storytime 2018

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 - 17:00

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is pleased to announce that Wednesday 23 May 2018, marks the 18th National Simultaneous Storytime event, an annual advocacy campaign hosted by ALIA. Each year, a picture book is selected for a simultaneous reading event in libraries, schools, pre-schools, family homes, childcare centres, bookshops, children’s hospitals and communities across Australia. This year for the first time, children in New Zealand will join in and two nations will read together simultaneously. 

ALIA’s highest honours recognise current and future library leaders

Wednesday, 9 August, 2017 - 15:00

Wednesday 9 August 2017 Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association will present prestigious awards to two senior library leaders and an early career librarian to honour their contributions to the library and information sector.

The 2017 ALIA Excellence Award winners are:

Campaign to support Natalya Sharina: FAIR joins with CILIP and Amnesty International

Friday, 5 May, 2017 - 12:00

Friday, 5 May 2017, Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR) have joined the call and are asking library and information professionals to support a campaign urging the release of librarian Natalya Sharina, who is currently under house arrest in Moscow.

ALIA and FAIR are in partnership with CILIP, the UK's library and information association, and Amnesty International - the organisations which coordinated this campaign.

ALIA Fellowship awarded to Ann Ritchie

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 - 09:00

Wednesday 3 May, 2017 Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Board of Directors has conferred the distinction of Fellow on Ann Ritchie, with special consideration for her work in the field of health librarianship. A Fellowship is one of the highest honours the Association can award.

Celebrate Library Lovers' Day - 14 February

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 13:00

Tuesday, 14 February 2017, Canberra: Australians love their libraries.  More than eight million of us are library members and we visit libraries around nine million times a month.

This Library Lovers’ Day – 14 February – the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is asking library lovers to celebrate with their library.

Launch of ALIA report: Relevance 2020, LIS Research in Australia

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 09:00

Canberra Wednesday, February 15, 2017: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), in partnership with Charles Sturt University, has issued a report which provides the results of six Library and Information Science (LIS) research events in Australian capitals in late 2016 that had the main purpose of connecting academics, researchers and practitioners in order to help align future research projects and activities in the Australian LIS profession.

International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 - 15:00

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 Canberra: UNESCO has proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).

IDUAI has particular relevance with the new 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.10 which calls for ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms, an issue libraries in Australia support.

2016 ALIA Research Grant Award

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016 - 09:00

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, Canberra: We are pleased to announce that the ALIA 2016 Research Grant Award goes to Ann Ritchie and Michele Gaca.

Their project is: ‘The contribution of Australian hospital libraries towards their organisations' achievement of accreditation by the National Safety and Quality in Health Care Service (NSQHS) Standards’.

The ALIA Board has awarded $5000 to fund the research.

The application for the award noted that the objective of the project is:

ALIA READ - New ALIA open access information hub

Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 - 14:00

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.

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