ALIA furthers the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) was proud to facilitate important meetings for the Global Week to #ACT4SDGS, which ran from 20­–30 September 2019. The week is an annual week of action, awareness and accountability for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ALIA held a Sustainable Development Goals Summit at ALIA House on 23 September, with national, state, parliamentary and university library heads; special, public and school library managers and GLAM colleagues in attendance to set stretch targets for libraries in the lead up to 2030.

The roundtable was chaired by Vicki McDonald, CEO of the State Library of Queensland and Chair of ALIA’s International Relations Advisory Committee. The summit was also attended by representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as Communications and the Arts.

ALIA also hosted a meeting of information management peak bodies to discuss workforce diversity trends focusing on the GLAMR industry, motivated by the five recommendations in the ALIA Workforce Diversity Trend Report 2019.

Collaborative discussions took place between ALIA, the Australian Society of Archivists, the Australian Information Industry Association; and Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia to identity actions to implement the recommendations and a three tier plan was agreed to focusing on collection of further data, communication and measurable key performance indicators.

For more information about ALIA’s role in furthering the UN Sustainable Development Goals see the website.  

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.  


Karolina Firman, Communications Officer,

Wednesday 02 October 2019 8:00am