ALIA concerned about report of outsourcing public service libraries

(28 July 2014, Canberra)  The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the peak body for libraries, has expressed concern regarding a media report about the potential for department libraries in the public service to be outsourced.

The Canberra Times has today published a story online:  ‘Government librarians urged to lobby for jobs in face of outsourcing’ which suggests that ‘….vast cuts and review of services may already be underway’ following the Federal Budget in May.

The story also states that agency and department librarians are urging each other to run internal campaigns aimed at senior department figures to prove they were ‘not dispensible’.

Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, said: ‘Government library and information professionals connect politicians and government employees to the essential information they need to make decisions based on evidence, not fiction.’

Read the ALIA media release here.