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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

Following on from the successful launch of the digital only issues in 2018, two issues of INCITE each year will be produced in digital only format. For 2019 the May/June and November/December issues will be digital only.

The May/June 2019 issue has been produced as a digital only edition in pdf format.

The pdf of the May/June issue of INCITE is available to download freely. Along with this issue we have also developed a supplement on special libraries, this interactive pdf is best read on Adobe Acrobat Reader (available for free) and requires Adobe Flash (available for free) for full interactivity. 

(Please note: The May/June issue of INCITE is approximately 20 MB in size and may take a few moments to download, depending on the speed of your internet connection)

2018 digital only issues

The May/June and November/December 2018 issues of INCITE were digital only editions of INCITE. You can see ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher's announcement of this in the 2018 March/April issue.

The November/December 2018 issue has been produced as a digital only edition in pdf format.

The pdf version of the Nov/Dec issue of INCITE is available to download freely.

(Please note: The November/December issue of INCITE is approximately 20 MB in size and may take a few moments to download, depending on the speed of your internet connection)

The May/June 2018 issue has been produced as a digital only edition in interactive pdf and epub3 formats.

The interactive pdf version of digital INCITE is best read on Adobe Acrobat Reader (available for free) and requires Adobe Flash (available for free) for full interactivity.

If your device cannot run Adobe Acrobat or Flash, we’ve also created an epub3 version of the magazine. This version has been designed for reading through iBooks and the use of other ereading applications may result in an altered user experience.

(Please note: The May/June issue of INCITE is approximately 200 MB in size and may take a few minutes to download, depending on the speed of your internet connection)

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 2019 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 2019 features and copy deadlines

Issue 1/2 Jan/Feb: Copy due 13 November 2018  Theme: State of Australian libraries

What is the reality of libraries in Australia today. Have you reported back to your local council, school, or employer about your user impact recently? You might have a story to share about how your library has evolved to keep pace with the changes. There have been changes in the library sector since you finished you first LIS qualification, so please tell us how you as a LIS professional have evolved with these changes. Maybe you altered, removed, or streamlined services to better suit the needs of your users, if so, share your learnings with your peers.

From this issue, ALIA has made the article 'More copyright reform for libraries in 2019' by Jessica Coates free and open access.

Issue 3/4 Mar/Apr: Copy due 15 January 2019  Theme: Indigenous matters

The presidential theme of ALIA's 2018-2019 president, Lyndall Ley, is 'Indigenous matters'. We would like to hear about what your library has done to ensure more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to qualify for employment in professional library roles. Or if you have initiated a review of library protocols for working on classification of First Nations' original material. Maybe you are doing something to acknowledge and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019 or contribute to ALIA's Reconciliation Action Plan.

From this issue, ALIA has made the article 'Serving users in Central Australia' by Melissa Raymond, Lynn Day, and Amanda Bethel-Donaldson free and open access.

Digital Issue 5/6 May/Jun: Copy due 19 March 2019  Theme: Industry innovation 

This will be ALIA's first digital only issue of INCITE for the year and will include a supplement on special libraries.

Have you developed a special relationship with an industry partner that means you can help your library? If an industry supplier has helped you change something about the services you provide, we’d love to hear about it. It could be that someone from the book industry has come to you to host author talks, or that you have provided data for the Education Lending Rights or Public Lending Rights schemes. If you have worked with industry to contribute to, or change, your workplace, please let us know how.

As this issue is digital only, ALIA has made the entire issue free and open access, including the supplement on special libraries.

Issue 7/8 Jul/Aug: Copy due 14 May 2019  Theme: What binds us together 

Together we are stronger, yet there are so many different types of information services (public, academic, school, special, archive, records, etc.) that bringing us all together is sometimes a challenge. However, there are some issues that all these sectors share. If you have learnt something from another sector or worked with a different type of library to provide a new or updated service to your users, we would love to hear about it. If you can share a story of mutual respect and collaboration that crosses these library siloes, or how you’ve crossed over from one sector to another, please write an article about it for INCITE.

From this issue, ALIA has made the article 'Let's Work Together For Sustainability', a Q&A with incoming IFLA President, Christine MacKenzie, free and open access.

Issue 9/10 Sep/Oct: Copy due 16 July 2019  Theme: Campaign slogans

If Australian politics has taught us anything in recent years, it’s that three word slogans are a way of putting your message across. Have you created a local campaign to promote your library to potential users? Maybe you’ve developed a campaign to get law or medical staff to research or check out your collection or encouraged your students to use your library space. Please let us know how you have promoted your library to your users and stakeholders.

Digital Issue 11/12 Nov/Dec: Copy due 17 September 2019  Theme: Digital inclusion 

This will be ALIA's second digital only issue of INCITE for the year.

How have you used digital technology to change your collection? Maybe you have integrated digital devices into your library plan or provided self-service kiosks for your users to checkout your collection and you’d like to share your story with other library and information professionals. If you have had to be inventive in how you provide services to your users due to poor internet or been creative with the ways that you have developed ways for your users in remote location to still access your collection, let us know.

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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