Canberra, Friday 2 December, 2016: Last week, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) wrote an open letter to the NSW Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, to protest about TAFE management’s plan to turn the third floor of its Ultimo campus library into corporate offices.
The library at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney is under threat and ALIA and FAIR are supporting a campaign to keep all levels of the library open for students.
Sydney TAFE A/Institute Director, Paul Williams, contacted ALIA and yesterday supplied the following statement:
'TAFE NSW is investing in the Ultimo Library. This investment will ensure the Ultimo Library remains a modern, accessible, flexible flagship library.
Consultation with staff and students will occur in 2017 and will result in a shared vision for this investment.
The need for library services is changing. This is evident in the decline in library borrowings and also in visits. TAFE NSW students want a blend of social and digital services, alongside quite spaces and up to date collections. Achieving this balance, in an attractive, state-of-art facility is our shared goal.
Additionally, we want to host corporate staff on campuses, Sydney campuses as well as campuses in regional New South Wales. This connects corporate staff directly with the learning experience. It also improves the effective use of public facilities and avoids diverting public funding to commercial rent. Although no final decision has been taken, some early exploratory work was recently undertaken at Ultimo as part of assessing all viable options.
TAFE NSW will continue to constantly improve student facilities and deliver the highest quality learning experience.'
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
FAIR stands for Freedom of Access to Information and Resources. The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) created FAIR to give people a way to support all kinds of libraries. FAIR lobbies for well-funded libraries, copyright law reform, the digitisation of our history, evidence-based policy making, lifelong learning and qualified library staff in schools. FAIR was created by ALIA to bring together all of its advocacy work. www.fair.alia.org.au
Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org | 02 6215 8225 | 0409830 439