Five projects for 2018-2019
ALIA’s presidential theme for 2018-2019 is "Indigenous matters" and the following five projects will be started by the Association over the next 12 months.
1. Finding ways to ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are qualified for employment in professional library roles;
2. Initiating a review and revision of the ATSILIRN (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information and Resource Network) Protocols allied with work on classification of first nations’ original material;
3. Supporting libraries and library and information professionals to acknowledge and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019;
4. Creating ALIA’s first Reconciliation Action Plan;
5. Producing guidance for libraries and library and information professionals seeking to improve library services for Indigenous people through the publication of a case study-based report.
These projects will be undertaken by ALIA in partnership with LIS educators, National and State Libraries Australia, AIATSIS, ATSILIRN, the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance and other stakeholders.
ALIA President Lyndall Osborne explained, “ALIA has already made progress in supporting service improvements for Indigenous communities through its education, training and PD programs, and support for Indigenous literacy initiatives. We are also in discussions with ATSILIRN about the group becoming part of ALIA and providing us with an authentic Indigenous voice within the Association. However, there is more to be done, and these five projects will intensify our focus over the next year and provide the basis for further advances in the future.”
ALIA Board supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart
ALIA Directors are also pleased to state their support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which aligns with the Association’s objects and values, and, if adopted, would provide constitutional recognition for Australia’s first peoples.
Find out more about how ALIA engages with Indigenous matters here.