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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...

ALIA, Booktopia partner for ILF fundraiser

29 May 2019
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and online retailer Booktopia are partnering to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Fund (ILF). For the month of May, five percent of...

Eight local titles make ALIA most borrowed list 2019

22 May 2019
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has partnered with library provider Civica to compile a list of most borrowed books from Australian libraries from April 2018 to March 2019...

Self-service library to open in regional NZ

1 May 2019
A new self-service library sharing a space with a hairdressing salon will open in Castlecliff, New Zealand, on 4 May. The library is a partnership between Whanganui District Library, community...

Godfree named Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year

17 April 2019
The Australian School Library Association (ASLA) named Holly Godfree from Lake Tuggeranong College as Australian Teacher Librarian of 2019, reports the Canberra Times. Godfree has been a teacher for 20...

New database explores diversity in children’s books

10 April 2019
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) has launched a cultural diversity database designed to help librarians, teachers, parents and readers find books that ‘feature Australia’s culturally diverse population’....

SLNSW announces new children’s library

3 April 2019
The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) is launching a fundraising appeal to help fund a new dedicated area for children and families to browse, sit down and read, reports the...

NSW library service to give away street library kits

3 April 2019
The Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Service in regional NSW is giving away 10 street library kits to support the street literary movement, reports the Wauchope Gazette. The library is also hosting...

Australian Library Design Awards 2019 winners announced

20 March 2019
The winners of the 2019 Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) Library Design Awards for new and refurbished libraries have been announced. The winning libraries are: Public libraries Shellharbour City...

NLA launches archive of Australian websites

14 March 2019
The National Library of Australia (NLA) has launched an archive of Australian websites dating back to 1996, reports the ABC. The Australian Web Archive contains snapshots of Australian websites from...

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...