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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.

ALIA submission in response to the IP Australia inquiry into the protection of Indigenous Knowledge in the Intellectual Property System, February 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) submission in response to the Protection of Indigenous Knowledge Consultation Paper concerning issues associated with the protection and management of Indigenous Knowledge.

Indigenous matters: a report on the ALIA Leadership & Innovation Forums 2018-2019

In 2018, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) organised seven Leadership & Innovation Forums across Australia. These forums are a biennial event.
The theme in 2018 was ‘Meaningful and respectful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and heritage – what more do we need to do?’ This aligned with the Presidential theme of Indigenous matters and complemented ALIA’s 2019 Truth, Integrity, Knowledge campaign.


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