ALIA in the Northern Territory

Top End Symposium 2018

Close to 70 participants attended the 10th ALIA Top End Symposium, held 12–13 October at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre in Darwin, Northern Territory. The theme was ‘Enabling Universal Literacies in the Digital Age’. This theme was selected to highlight the key role that libraries play, in multiple ways, towards attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The symposium attracted an impressive range of speakers, each of whom linked back to the theme in diverse ways, making us ponder about the significance of the message being delivered.

Professor Deb Verhoeven, Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, spoke on ‘Dewey really need to get into this? Preparing libraries for the pluriverse to come’; while Jane Cowell, the Chief Executive Officer of Yarra Plenty Regional Library, talked about digital fluency. Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian of the Australian National University, spoke about the future dreams and dangers facing libraries; while ALIA President, Lyndall Ley, spoke on the value of literacy. The presentations were all a big hit and the symposium was a resounding success.

The presentations can be viewed online and you can see more information about the event on the ALIA Top End Group’s Facebook page. We are grateful to the generous support of our sponsors: Ebsco, SAGE and ProQuest, without whom the symposium could not have been such a success. In addition, we would also like to thank all our speakers, the delegates and the volunteers who all contributed towards making it such a brilliant event.

Report by Prashant Pandey, ALIA Top End Symposium Convenor and Jayshree Mamtora, ALIA Top End Symposium Deputy Convenor

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Groups in NT

ALIA has a vibrant membership in the NT.

ALIA also has a number of National Groups


Check the Elist page for national and special interest elists. You can find links to social media and blogs for each of the groups by following the link to their pages. 

Major events in 2018

  • ALIA Top End Symposium
  • ALIA NT Recognition Award Night
  • Library and Information Week
  • Library Lover's Day celebrations
  • ALIA Top End garden party
  • Silver Pin presentations
  • 25, 30, 50 year Membership Pin celebrations
  • ALIA Leadership and Innovation Forum

Upcoming events 

Event Date(s) Location
#auslibchat February - Are Librarians Trusted Professionals? Tue, 05/02/2019 - 9:00pm to 10:00pm Online
Library Lovers' Day 2019 Thu, 14/02/2019 (All day) National
Library Design Awards Conference: "A World of Ideas" Thu, 14/03/2019 (All day) National
National Simultaneous Storytime 2019 Wed, 22/05/2019 - 11:00am National
Libraries celebrate Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea Thu, 23/05/2019 - 9:00am National



Check the full ALIA events calendar for details other events nationally and internationally here.


Institutions offering ALIA Accredited Courses 

A full list of ALIA accredited courses is available here.


Jayshree Mamtora administers the ALIA NT Recognition Award.