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Brisbane libraries ban Extinction Rebellion protestors

16 October 2019
Brisbane's LNP City Council has banned Extinction Rebellion activists from using the city's libraries to plan protests, reports the Brisbane Times. Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner put forward an 'urgency motion'...

SLNSW Children’s Library to open next week

9 October 2019
The Children’s Library at the State Library of NSW (SLNSW) will open to the public for the first time on 12 October, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The Children’s Library...

Book industry orgs endorse Jolly Postman agreement

7 October 2019
The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Australian Publishers Association (APA) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) have endorsed an industry agreement which enables libraries to...

‘Transformed’ SLV to open in early December

2 October 2019
State Library Victoria (SLV) has announced it will open its ‘transformed’ library on 5 December, following a five-year, $88 million redevelopment. The redevelopment includes a suite of new spaces and...

Digital loans spike at Mackay libraries

11 September 2019
Mackay Regional Council libraries has reported a spike in its digital loans over the past year, reports the Daily Mercury. In 2018–19, the number of electronic loans of magazines more...

Gippsland library trials 24-hour access

11 September 2019
Foster library in Gippsland, Victoria, is running a trial to give its members 24-hour a day access, reports the Age. Members will use a swipe card to enter the library...

State Library of Queensland grant recipients announced

28 August 2019
The State Library of Queensland has announced the recipients of nearly $900,000 in state government grants, to fund Queensland public library initiatives. Close to $400,000 has been awarded to 16...

National e-deposit service launched this week

14 August 2019
The national e-deposit service (NED), a collaboration between Australia’s national, state and territory libraries, will launch at the National Library of Australia (NLA) this week. The project provides digital infrastructure...

ALIA calls for public access to Australian Standards

31 July 2019
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has called for a non-exclusive distribution model of Standards information in Australia, in its submission to the Standards Australia Distribution and Licensing Policy...

SLV announces 2019 fellowship recipients

12 July 2019
State Library Victoria has announced this year’s recipients of its fellowships, worth a total of over $200,000, including several writers working on book projects. The recipients include: Creative fellowships ($15,000)...

Lending Rights schemes worth $21.8m in 2018–19

10 July 2019
The federal government has announced that more than 16,300 authors, publishers and illustrators will receive $21.8 million through its Lending Rights schemes in 2018–19. The figures are down slightly on...

NSW libraries get $36.5m boost

3 July 2019
The NSW state government has announced a funding boost of $36.5m to public libraries in 2019/20, as part of a total of $60m in additional funding over four years. NSW...

ANU launches Australian Common Reader database

21 June 2019
Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have launched a searchable database of Australian library records spanning 1861 to 1928. The Australian Common Reader website provides a snapshot of the...

Librarians recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

13 June 2019
Two librarians have been awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Geelong Regional Library Corporation CEO Patti Manolis received an OAM for service to...

Queensland Memory Awards winners announced

13 June 2019
The recipients of the Queensland Memory Awards, which include a range of research fellowships and awards to recognise contributions to the study and preservation of Queensland’s history, have been announced....

WA libraries receive statewide innovation awards

5 June 2019
Two public libraries in WA have received the 2019 Library Board of Western Australia Award for Innovation and Collaboration. In the metropolitan and large regional category, the City of Canning...