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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)


ALIA Members can access the latest full editions and back issues of INCITE via our Member Centre.
A searchable database of old issues of INCITE is available here through AustLII.

Digital only INCITE

As announced in 2018, some issues of INCITE each year will be produced in a freely available digital only format. For other issues, one article from each print issue is made freely available online.


July/August - I believe. Full issue. Workforce diversity digital supplement.
May/June - Open Space. Articles: 'LibraryCraft: creating community online' by John Geijsman and Kirsty Lightfoot, and 'Positive partnerships: the ALIA mentoring scheme' with contributions from participants.
March/April - Education. Full issue.
January/February - Qualifications. Articles: 'On board with ALIA' by Kim Sherwin, ALIA Board Director, and 'Curiosity is the spark' by Mary Coe and Rebecca Muir. 


November/December - Calling for change. Full issue.
September/October - Professional Growth. Article: 'Towards culturally safe libraries' by Lesley Acres and Aimee Said.
July/August - Digital freedoms. Full issue.
May/June - Create. Full issue.
March/April - Leadership. Article:  'Leading a greener library' by Katalin Mindum. 
January/February - Critical Librarianship. Article: 'The discussion we need to have: social justice and freedom of speech' by Jane Cowell and Roxanne Missingham.


November/December - Digital inclusion. Full issue (PDF, 45MB). Digital supplement.
September/October - Campaign slogans. Article: 'Renew Our Libraries' by ALIA President Robert Knight OAM.
July/August - What binds us together. Article: 'Let's Work Together For Sustainability', a Q&A with incoming IFLA President, Christine MacKenzie.
May/June - Industry innovation. Full issue (PDF, 20MB). Special libraries digital supplement.
March/April - Indigenous matters. Article: 'Serving users in Central Australia' by Melissa Raymond, Lynn Day, and Amanda Bethel-Donaldson.
January/February - State of Australian libraries. Article: 'More copyright reform for libraries in 2019' by Jessica Coates.


November/December - The library of things. Full issue.
May/June - International affairs. Full issue (PDF, 178MB) and also requires Adobe Flash (available for free) for full interactivity. iBooks version (EPUB, 211MB) - note that the use of other ereading applications may result in an altered user experience.

Write for INCITE 

Ideas for articles are always welcome. Email the editor with your idea or story lead. Please read the guidelines on how to submit to INCITE and below is a list of our 2020 features and copy deadlines. We have also created a submission checklist that we recommend that contributors consult before sending their submissions.

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 2021 features and submission deadlines

September/October: Copy due 13 July 2021 Theme: Imagining the Future

It’s that age-old job interview question that everybody hates: Where do you see yourself five or ten years from now? This issue will invite people to imagine the future of libraries and the library profession: the opportunities the future hold for LIS practice, education and research. Technological changes will also have an impact, whether it’s the often-predicted ‘death’ of the print book or, perhaps, Second Life making a comeback. We want to hear your predictions.

Digital Issue Nov/Dec: Copy due 21 September 2021  Theme: Risk 

Whilst there are many who consider libraries to be largely risk-averse as a sector, there are also those who look to library and information professionals as potential innovators and changemakers. Whether it be in pursuing radical change, banking on different technology or pursuing unpopular ideas, there is always an element of risk, either to the individual or the organisation, whether financial or reputational. But even doing nothing has an element of risk – what do you choose?

Advertise in INCITE

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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