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Shortlists announced for 2019 Library Design Awards

13 February 2019
Nine libraries have been shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Design Awards for new and refurbished libraries. In the running are: Public libraries Bunjil Place...

State Library NSW launches short film prize

6 February 2019
The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has launched a short film prize to encourage filmmakers to engage with the library’s collection, reports ArtsHub. Films submitted to the Shortstacks prize must...

New database to celebrate diversity in children’s books

17 January 2019
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) will this year launch a database for children’s literature, designed to help teachers, parents and readers to find books which highlight multiculturalism...

SLQ conservator named 2018 Conservator of the Year

12 December 2018
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) conservator Kelly Leahey has won the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials' (AICCM) 2018 Conservator of the Year award. Leahey, who specialises in the...

Howard library opens in Canberra

5 December 2018
Australia’s first public prime ministerial library, dedicated to former prime minister John Howard, has opened in Canberra, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The Howard Library, said by organisers to be...

Tasmania abolishes library fines statewide

28 November 2018
Tasmania's libraries are abolishing fines for items that are returned late to library branches statewide, reports ABC News. From December 2018, failure to return books on time will incur penalties...

NZ’s first suburban self-service library to open

8 November 2018
New Zealand’s first suburban self-service library will open in Whanganui East on the country’s North Island in January 2019, reports the New Zealand Herald. The new Hakeke Street Library, to be...

Libraries awarded 2018 NLA Community Heritage Grants

8 November 2018
The National Library of Australia (NLA) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program, including three New South Wales organisations that received grants for library collections. The...

SLQ wins 2018 VALA award for innovation

31 October 2018
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has won an industry innovation award, presented by Victorian organisation VALA—Libraries, Technology and the Future, for its Tunley Braille Globe Project. The project involved...

SLWA releases 2018-2022 strategic plan

24 October 2018
The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) has released its strategic plan for 2018-2022. The key objectives of the strategic plan include: to embrace digital transformation by creating easier access...

SLNSW 2019 fellowships announced

17 October 2018
The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) has announced the six recipients of its 2019 research fellowships, including the inaugural Dr A M Hertzberg Fellowship, which examines ‘the impact of globalisation...

New items at SLV’s World of the Book exhibition

17 October 2018
State Library Victoria’s (SLV) free World of the Book exhibition has reopened, with more than 300 additional items on display including some never-before-exhibited material. Rare books historian and exhibition curator...

NT library welcomes resident creative Fraser-Bell

10 October 2018
Emerging artist C J Fraser-Bell has commenced her residency at the Northern Territory Library (NTL), after being announced as one of four Territory artists to take part in the NT...