Tag Archives: Australia

An Alternative route: cooperation leads to better conditions for Australian libraries

(14 Oct 2019) A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alternatives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows. IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more. Fulltext can be […]


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Australia: State Library Victoria will soon reopen

(2 Oct 2019)  On December 5, the iconic State Library Victoria in Melbourne’s CBD will reopen its doors following the completion of a five-year redevelopment that cost $88.1 million. Soon you’ll be able to see details that have been hidden for more than 50 years. See what changes have been made here.  


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Loyola College is hiring Head of Information Services

(18 Sep 2019) Loyola College is a Catholic Co-Education Secondary College in the Ignatian tradition with an enrolment of 1340 students. Applications are called for this leadership position commencing in 2020. The Head of Information Services leads a dynamic team that provides information and digital services to the College community in the Loyola iCentre. The broad […]


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School libraries hit by the loss of a dying breed as teacher librarians enter ‘survival mode’

(15 Sep 2019) Researchers have reported an “alarming” loss in the number of qualified teacher librarians in Australia’s schools, warning student literacy will continue to suffer if the trend is not reversed. Once a staple of schools, the roles have been branded a dying breed with many principals opting to replace them with cheaper “library […]


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Australia: CSIRO launches open-access virtual core library

(3 Sep 2019)  From Australia: CSIRO has introduced the AuScope National Virtual Core Library (NVCL), a digitised collection of 10 million metres of drill core estimated to be archived in warehouses around Australia. Details can be found here.    


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Research article: the Australian Research Data Commons

(5 Sep 2019) Abstract: A research data commons can provide researchers with the data and resources necessary to conduct world class research. More than this, a research data commons can be transformational in facilitating change in the way research is conducted, in terms of both research culture and the availability of research data and analytical tools. This […]


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Australian libraries join forces to build national digital collection

(13 Aug 2019)  The national, state and territory libraries of Australia joined forces to launch one giant national digital collection of Australian publications. It’s called National edeposit – or NED for short. Legal deposit legislation obliges publishers to deposit everything they publish with the National Library of Australia as well as with their own state […]


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An ode to the public library, the gateway to an educated society

(5 Aug 2019)  From Geoff Gallop’s speech for the Premier’s Book Awards at the State Library of Western Australia, July 26, 2019 – “Libraries attract people — and we know they do — not only because of the information that can be accessed — or advice about how that can be done — but also […]


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UK library loans lag behind US, Australia

(10 Jul 2019) In the UK, library loans are lagging behind other countries, reports the Bookseller. According to new analysis by ex-Waterstones CEO Tim Coates, UK book loans have plummeted year-on-year since 2009–10, falling from 5.7 to 2.8 loans per person. Going further back, in 1996–97 the figure was 8.6 loans per person. In contrast, book loans […]


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Research Data Alliance meet and greet Australia tour

(10 Jul 2019) Are you curious about the Research Data Alliance (RDA)? Interested in learning how you can engage with RDA initiatives? Do you know about Australia’s influence on global data solutionsthrough participation in RDA? Ahead of the first Australian RDA plenary in 2020, the RDA and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) are collaborating to present […]


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CAUL is hiring Director

(18 June 2019) The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is seeking an experienced, forward thinking, action-oriented Executive Director to drive and execute the strategic directions of the Board and to advance CAUL’s purpose and impact. You will provide high level policy and issues analysis, strategic advice and secretariat services to the Board, its subcommittees […]


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It’s time for Australia to commit to the kind of future it wants: CSIRO Australian National Outlook 2019

(18 June 2019)  Australia’s future prosperity is at risk unless we take bold action and commit to long-term thinking. This is the key message contained in the Australian National Outlook 2019 (ANO 2019), a report published today by CSIRO and its partners. Read the full story from James Deverell (Director, CSIRO Futures, CSIRO) here.   […]


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World’s largest database uncovers Australia’s secret reading passions

(17 June 2019)  Researchers from the Australian National University’s literature school will launch this week the new Australian Common Reader website, giving a historical snapshot of the nation’s reading habits drawn from what the university says is the world’s largest database of library borrowing records. The records show borrowing habits – not catalogued books – from […]


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Standards Australia partners with Techstreet

(31 May 2019) Standards Australia has entered into a new distribution agreement with Techstreet, a Clarivate Analytics company, to deliver greater access to content supporting innovation, safety and compliance in industries and communities across Australia. Under the new agreement, Techstreet will become an additional distributor of Standard Australia’s content, including Australian Standards® and other technical documents […]


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University of New England hiring Manager, Academic Services and Outreach

(24 May 2019)  The University of New England in Armidale, Australia, is hiring The Manager, Academic Services and Outreach who is responsible for the design and delivery of innovative learning, teaching and research services and programs. The Manager leads and manages a team of librarians to achieve business outcomes aligned with University strategic priorities. Deadline […]


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