Sue Hutley is retiring as Executive Director of ALIA to take up a position at  the Queensland State Archives see:

Congratulations from the library community are due to her for the sterling work she has done in the position.








Standards and Guidelines for Australian Public Libraries

ALIA have released their Standards and Guidelines for Australian Public Libraries

Written by Libraries Alive! it’s very good.

I like that it has been maintained that there must be a qualified librarian in every library.


There is at present in Australia no widely-agreed and implemented national measure for usage of electronic resources or virtual visits to libraries therefore no consistent data set from which to derive target figures. When agreed measures are implemented, and national data is available, the information will be incorporated in a subsequent edition of these standards and guidelines.


I think that there still needs to be more work in the area of gathering online visitor statistics.  This is probably a missed opportunity, if this is a standard and guidelines document, why not set some new standards. Some figures are easily collected, and this was an opportunity missed to formulate standards across libraries for their collection. While libraries continue to offer online services, they need to be recording their usage.

Given that there are some libraries with, for example,  ebook collections and some with none, also a minumum percentage of a collection in digital form could have been set.

ALIA Library and Information week 2011

Get your headstart now for Library and Information Week 2011 (which runs 23-29 May) and check out the resources available for you to use on the ALIA website to  help promote your library. The theme this year: We find stuff!

We find stuff!

Library and Information Week 2011 logo from ALIA

What activities will you be planning to highlight the many and varied ways that library users can find stuff in your library? ALIA has a few helpful suggestions to highlight what it is that you do that helps users find stuff:

We catalogue stuff!
We look up stuff!
We research stuff!
We know stuff!

What other things will you be adding to your lists?

And what will you be doing to celebrate the events that are taking place over the course of the week? Events for this year include National Library Technicians Day (Tuesday 24 May), National Simultaneous Storytime (Wednesday 25 May- further resources are available for the National Simultaneous Storytime event via the website) and Libraries celebrate Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea (Thursday 26 May).

More on the Australian floods

ALIA has been keeping track of how the flooding in both Queensland and Victoria are affecting libraries in the regions and have a compiled comprehensive lists of the Queensland libraries and Victorian libraries which have been affected. They also have a range of useful fact sheets dealing with disaster recovery and disaster planning as well as a few case studies. If your library doesn’t have a disaster response plan, now is the time to get started!

The effects of the flooding that is currently affecting our Queensland and Victorian colleagues are going to take some time to recover from. We wish all of the libraries affected a speedy recovery.

ALIA call for comments

“The final draft National Vision and Framework for Public Libraries is available for comment until close of business on Friday 29 October. Download the summary of the project, strategic overview, workplan and executive summary. Feedback should be emailed to” – From the ALIA website


Is it only me who noticed that Answer 6 of the Labor Party policy response to ALIA released today, was actually first written by the Australian School Library Association at:

Below is the ALP response, see if you can see the similarities

6. Will your party provide funding for the purchase of quality digital content for all Australians through the Electronic Resources Australia project?

Electronic Resources Australia (ERA) is a service to all libraries in Australia so that all Australians may have access to more databases and electronic information resources.

ERA started in 2007 and by 2009 there were 646 schools across Australia participating, as well as public schools and special libraries, tertiary institutions and state libraries. The subscription amount for each electrical resource database is determined by the number of subscribers/libraries who participate each year.

Approximately 7,000,000 Australians are served by libraries that subscribe to resources through ERA.

In 2009 the ERA, product panel was expanded from 9 to 25 products. There were also changes to the subscription periods. Libraries now have the ability to subscribe for a calendar year, which allows schools to work more easily within their budget periods.

ERA is, and will continue to be, the best value for money subscription service to the selected databases and any further databases that may be included in the future. While the poll is the mechanism to determine the cost of each data bases for the following year, it is possible to subscribe through the ERA without having participated in the poll. The greater the participation in each polling period – which usually opens in March and closes in April of each year – the greater the possibility of reduction of subscriptions.