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INCITE magazine

INCITE is the premier magazine for the library and information sector in Australia. It is distributed to all ALIA Members and to subscribers around the world.

ISSN 0158-0876 (print), 2202-347X (online)



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Write for INCITE 

Ideas for articles are always welcome. Email the editor with your idea or story lead. You will find guidelines on how to submit to INCITE here and below is a list of our 2018 features and copy deadlines.

We welcome submissions from ALIA Members and staff belonging to Institutional Member organisations, along with content from invited guest contributors (articles by non members may be published at the discretion of the editor).


INCITE 2018 features and copy deadlines

Issue  Month Theme Copy Deadline
1/2 Jan/Feb

Advocate for Libraries 

ALIA loves advocacy and running campaigns to get things done. We look at the success of the Cooking for Copyright campaign and look at the opportunities after 1 Jan 2019 when all the unpublished works become available. Copyright is just one issue but we would love to hear about what your has your library been advocating for and how are you taking steps to achieve it. You might have some internal advocacy underway - are you trying to convince your CEO of a program or initiative that you want to see realised? Have you been successful and how your plans have been realised. We would love to hear your stories.

14 November 2017
3/4 March/April

Libraries in the post truth society 

Discussions about fake news have led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly and the role of libraries and other educational institutions providing assistance. Librarians have long been taught to help users find and understand the information they need. Yellow journalism isn't new - so tell us how your library helps to inform -  what tools have you found useful? DId you contribute to Wikipedia's #1lib1ref ( One Librarian, One Reference). How have you helped overcome the altfacts phenomenon in your communities?

16 January 2018
5/6 May/June

International affairs 

Is there a global vision for libraries? IFLA thinks so and so does ALIA.  And how can libraries shape the international agenda on the issues that matter to us? ALIA is working on the Sustainable Development Goals helping develop and implementing strategies to achieve the ones which are relevant to the LIS sector.

For example: promoting literacy; closing gaps in information needs; providing delivery sites for Government programs and services; advancing digital inclusion by providing ICT, serving the research and academic community and preserving culture and heritage.  How is your library serving as a partner to meet these goals? 

20 March 2018
7/8 July/August

Reach out 

The library has long been a place where everyone is welcome. How do you serve groups in your community - such as refugees, people with disabilities, English as a second language, LGBTQIA, students from overseas, people needing remote access, seniors and mentally ill. Tell us how your library service responds to these needs? Are you a librarian activist advocating on behalf of one of these groups? for How do you balance different groups, have you changed opening hours or  have you relaxed library protocols to accommodate - let us know your stories.  

15 May  2018
9/10 September/October

Lifelong learning 

It's a great way to stay in touch, increase competencies and further develop your networks. Professional Development is an important offering which ALIA offers its membership and it can be incorporated into your everyday working lives.  We talk to ALIA mentors and mentees about the benefits of continuous rebooting. How do you keep your skills and learning up to date - tell us how you manage the balance between competing demands. 

17 July 2018
11/12 November/December

The library of things 

So the share economy is a new concept - no libraries have always been sharing things forever. There's a lot of new non-traditional collections driven by community demand or perhaps your library lends something unusual needed by the community it serves. We want to hear about those collections or the new ways the community can collaborate at the library. Perhaps it's the loan of a music study to create a song, sound equipment to create a podcast, seeds to create a garden or medical know-how to save a life. We want to hear how your library is bucking tradition.

18 September 2018
INCITE 2017 features and copy deadlines
1/2 Jan/Feb

Disruption is our Friend

The Prime Minister has said that the Australia of the future has to be agile innovative and creative. Libraries are at the forefront of change and are self -disrupting to adapt and meet their communities expectations. How has your library met the challenge, what project did you lead and what positive outcomes have the changes produced. Finally let's look forward and consider the next hot spots! 

15 November 2016
3/4 March/April

Career lessons

Whether you are just starting out or have attained a senior leadership position, we all have career lessons to share. How to find the silver lining in those career clouds can be really helpful to those who have not yet experienced a setback.

Tell us what you hope for if you are a newcomer, explain your  career path - how did you find your dream job? How did you recover if you were made redundant? How do you network without it being too obvious and what would you tell your junior self about what you know today? Let's reflect on what we can learn from important career lessons.


17 January 2017
5/6 May/June

Learning Forward

It's all about Professional Development. Being a lifelong learners is important because it ensures that you remain competent in your career. Your ALIA membership is an important way that PD can be seamlessly worked into your career. Tell us how you manage to fit PD into your busy life. Do you have a mentor? What has been the most important lesson this year? The change of pace is faster than it has ever been and PD will ensure you can continue to make meaningful contributions to your teams.

21 March 2017
7/8 July/August

Library Design

How does good design deliver results for your library? Tell us about shining examples of innovative architecture that address user needs in new and interesting ways. How has your library renovated and re-purposed spaces to better respond to your communities' needs? See how today's libraries are conserving existing resources and adapting to economic realities.

16 May  2017
9/10 September/October

Anniversary Issue - 80 years strong

We look back to what has made our association great and forward to the exciting future ahead. We've come a long way since that first meeting of librarians in Canberra but the message is still the same - Together we are Stronger. Tell us how you benefit from professional networks, your ALIA Membership, partnerships with other organisations and collaborating with colleagues. What did you, the library or your organisation gain. The value of community has never been more important especially when you reach significant milestones in life and career.

18 July 2017
11/12 November/December

What Makes a Great Library Service?

We all know that libraries are amazing resources but what is the one thing that makes your service so amazing? Is it the staff, the historical information, the up-to-the minute information that can be accessed, the tools the analyse the information, the programs, the technology, the accessibility and the support for learning. Give us your case studies of an excellent service why you think this particular aspect of your services gives it the leading edge. 

19 September 2017

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INCITE is read by library and information professionals nationally and internationally. It is consistently identified by our members as one of the key benefits and resources provided through their membership of ALIA, with 5,000 paid copies distributed of every edition and a readership of over 20,000 across all sectors and interests in the profession. INCITE readers look to the magazine for accurate, informative reports on the latest news and events in the library world, and are keen to know about the latest products and services relevant to their industry.

Every edition is published in hard copy and online. INCITE can help you connect directly with Australia’s library and information professionals. 

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