Collaborative advocacy for diverse communities [slides]

ALIA Library

Maticevski, Mare; Acevedo, Oriana

Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) supports the talk on the issues surrounding the acquisition of non-classified DVD’s in Languages other than English (LOTE) and the subsequent ability to lend LOTE films in a variety of languages to diverse communities. 

The current legislation presents a cost-prohibitive dilemma for suppliers of LOTE films, with small markets and their ability to recoup the cost of the requirement to classify a film in line with the Australian Classification Board legislation. Technically, unclassified LOTE films are not allowed to be sold in Australia and libraries place suppliers at risk in the purchase of such material. Additionally, many small suppliers may not be aware of this legislative requirement and are at risk by virtue of not knowing. This is a longstanding issue presenting challenges for the equal access to the enjoyment of films by our diverse communities.
At various times over the last 20 years libraries have been presented with numerous challenges leading to interactions with the Australian Classification Board and have worked through numerous solutions in an attempt to continue to provide access to our communities. The most recent challenge occurred at the beginning of 2016 leading many libraries to cease purchasing new materials whilst advocacy for a change in the legislation was pursued. This time the advocacy focussed on obtaining an exemption for libraries as cultural institutions and concurrent protections for suppliers in the sale of LOTE DVDs to public libraries.
The Public Libraries Victoria Network Multicultural Services and Programs Special Interest Group joined forces with the State Library of NSW in a collaborative advocacy effort in support of our diverse communities and the right to enjoy films in their chosen languages. Over the last two years, this collaborative effort has been extended to include peak representation from States across Australia in discussions with the Australian Classification Board. 


Deakin, ACT: Australian Library and Information Association
State Library of New South Wales