Thursday, 27 November 2014

ALIA 25 year award presentation wrap up

Across the country, ALIA has been recognising the long and devoted service of its members.
Last Wednesday, ALIA celebrated its New South Wales members at an awards presentation at the State Library of NSW.

More than 60 individuals received gold or red pins to signify more than 25 years of ALIA membership.

You can read more about the incredible contributions to the profession made by award recipients at this ALIA news piece.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Australian Heritage Hotel Wrap Up

Friday the 21st of November was the last ALIA Sydney Meet-Up for the year held at the Australian Heritage Hotel in the Rocks. It was a fantastic evening with great food, drinks and fabulous company.

Former ALAIA NSW State Manager Julia Garnett was in attendance, giving us the opportunity to congratulate her on her new status as an Australian Citizen (which she gained during the 65th Anniversary of Australian Citizenship ).

LIS professionals from a variety of sectors and organisations attended ensuring the conversations were interesting and lively.
The discussions covered advances in  library management systems such as Alma and the upcoming  Professional development opportunities including Wikipedia & Australian Libraries and next year’s conference schedule of ALIA information Online , New Librarians Symposium and The ALIA National Library & information Technicians’ Symposium.
Thank you to all that attended!
If you were unable to attend you still have one more chance to catch up with the ALIA Sydney group and other LIS Professionals at our last event of the year the ALIA Sydney Picnic! 29th November.
We look forward to seeing you there this Saturday.

Tracey McDonald
ALIA Sydney

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

ALIA Sydney Picnic! 29th November

The ALIA Sydney group invites you, your friends and family to join us out in the sunshine for an end of year picnic at Darling Quarter.

Please come along and relax, unwind, meet new people, catch up with old friends, and share your stories from 2014.

Darling Quarter offers lots to eat, see and do. The precinct will play host to Santa Fest where all things Santa and Christmas come to darling Harbour. Head on over to their website for more information on the area.

As an added bonus there will be a family Christmas movie at 5:30 pm and Fireworks at 9:00 pm. For more details about Santa Fest see

Where: On the Community Green, near the Pump station and the Water works.
When: Saturday, 29th November, from 12 p.m.
What to bring: Food and drink or buy something from the many restaurants close by, a rug to sit on, hats, sunscreen and change of clothes for the kids (as there is water play).
Parking: Wilson Parking Darling Quarter 1-11 Harbour Street, Sydney  has weekend parking for $13.00
RSVP: to give us some idea of numbers, or just turn up on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate 2014 coming to a close. 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Meet-Up Drinks : November 21

ALIA Sydney will be having a final Meet-Up for the year at the Australian Heritage Hotel in the Rocks on 21 November. The evening is great opportunity for everyone to chat with fellow LIS professionals. ALIA Sydney committee members who attended ALIA National 2014 Conference and Hallowed Ground will be there, so come and pick their brains over a bevy!


Friday 21 November from 6.30pm
The Australian Heritage Hotel
100 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Save the Date! ALIASyd event on November 29

Where did 2014 go?

We have one more ALIA Sydney event coming up for this year, a chance for us all to meet up in a fun and relaxed environment, before the silly season gets well under way.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday November 29th and we'll let you know more details soon!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Library Achievements

We often hear about negative things that are happening in libraries, like budget cuts resulting in loss of jobs or even library closures. Sometimes is it difficult to remember some of the good things people are doing for the LIS profession. 

This past week Australians have been celebrating the life of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam for his contributions to our society. On Tuesday 21 October, ALIA released an article in recognition of the significant contributions he made to the LIS profession.
One of his achievements was the establishment of the Committee of Inquiry into Public Libraries in 1975. This committee examined issues relating to the effective provisioning of free public library services, and made other detailed recommendations on planning, coordination, finance, regionalisation, technological matters and the need for innovation. 

The broad premise - that public library and information services would be the collective responsibility of the Commonwealth, State and local spheres of government, funded in part by each - was strongly welcomed by the LIS profession at the time.

Do you know anyone that is making positive contributions to the LIS profession?


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Library A to Z

Earlier in the year I came across a UK campaign on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter called Library A to Z, have you heard about it? 

It takes each letter of the alphabet and lists lots of great things we all love about libraries (for example…A is for: advice, art, astronomy, audio books, answers, author events…and more!) and with illustrations by Josh Filhol, provides some great promotional resources for public libraries to use like posters, cards and books to encourage library advocacy and get people appreciating their libraries!

There are materials available to download for free under a creative commons licence from their website, with the official launch for the Library A to Z happening from November 17. 

Take a look at some of the materials available, which letter is your favourite? #libraryatoz

Library A to Z project illustration by Josh Filhol

Library A to Z project illustration by Josh Filhol

Maria Savvidis
ALIA Social Media Officer