Despite strong representations from Public Service Association (PSA) NSW Members and ALIA earlier in the year, we understand the General Secretary is going ahead with plans to break up the PSA NSW library.
Sue McKerracher, CEO of ALIA, said: ‘We expressed our deep concern about proposed changes to the PSA Library. We heard from a number of sources that the PSA planned a restructure that would put both the current library and information service and the historic records of the PSA at risk. We understand that the information service for industrial relations and research staff and members of the association is well used and highly valued, and that the library includes unique materials that should be preserved as a single cohesive collection. We had no response from the General Secretary and now we hear that the library is to be taken apart before the Central Council has had a chance to intervene.’
In a last ditch effort to save the library, a group of PSA Members plan to protest outside PSA House, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney, on Monday 17 October. ALIA Members are invited to join PSA colleagues on the pavement from 7.30am.
Contact: Matte Rochford 0404 654767.
ALIA would like to thank its Members for their support in the 17 October rally to save the Public Service Association NSW Library.
There now appears to be an approved opportunity for consultation between management and library users but ALIA will maintain a watching brief.