Libraries and Aboriginal Australians

Submission in response to the revision of the Implementation Plan for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023, February 2020

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is supportive of the proposed implementation plan’s structure, vision, foundations and focus areas. In summary:

Yolŋu Rom Napurrn Dhukarr: A Living Room Project in Galiwin’ku Community Library, North East Arnhem Land [slides]

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the conference paper which discusses the 2017 East Arnhem Regional Council and the Northern Territory Library pilot program to trial a new way, ‘A Yolŋu Way’, of architecting a new user experience in the Galiwin’ku community. The program aimed to develop a way of classifying community library collections and knowledge according to local Aboriginal concepts.


Geeks as guides: youth engagement in public libraries [video]

ALIA New Librarians' Symposium 9 (NLS9), 5-7 July 2019 Adelaide: collaborate deviate innovate
Recording (MP4 audiovisual) of session on public libraries and young people.
Some public libraries struggle to get young people into their space, others are inundated with high-energy, high-need and sometimes disruptive teens. This session will cover the journey of one remote library and the trials and triumphs experienced as they fight to change public perception and the lives of troubled indigenous young people in one of Australia’s most unique towns.

Ideas box: collaborative journey of implementation through local, state and international partnerships

ALIA 2016 National Conference, 29 August-2 September 2016 Adelaide: Engage Create Lead
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) provides a summary of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) approach to developing a working partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Shire Councils to establish and sustain Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs).

Serving users in Central Australia

Article by Desert Peoples Centre Campus Library staff, from INCITE March/April 2019 Volume 40 Issue 3/4 - Indigenous Matters.
Desert Peoples Centre Campus Library staff, from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in Central Australia, provide a range of services to Indigenous Australian people every day. Each team member came to the job via a unique path. In this article they share the story of their growth as library service providers.

Improving library services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Libraries across Australia are focused on improving services for people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, whether they live in cities, towns or remote communities.
This document has examples of initiatives that are already underway, while highlighting opportunities for further improvement. It shows that libraries are maximising the use of their facilities, developing thoughtful programs, taking a more respectful approach to collections and expanding professional development opportunities for library and information professionals.


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