The Australian Public Library Alliance comprises representatives from the state-based public library associations, the territory libraries and Libraries Tasmania. APLA advises the ALIA Board on policy for its sector and has a highly active role in shaping our activities and campaigns.
About the alia australian public library alliance
The ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) is the peak body for public libraries in Australia. Our committee comprises the chair of every state-based public library association, a senior representative from the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmanian library services, and expert members. We represent 94% of all the 1500 public libraries across Australia through membership subscription.
APLA was formed following a highly successful ALIA Public Libraries Summit in July 2009. At the summit, libraries leaders called for, “Australia’s public libraries, united behind common goals and ambitions, sharing best practice, contributing to strong communities, valued by people and government, continuing to provide universal free access to information, knowledge and ideas, and confirming the importance of their role for future generations.” A national alliance, supported by every state and territory, was the primary outcome of the summit and was ratified by the signing of a first Memorandum of Collaboration in July 2010.
The current members of APLA are:
|ALIA||Northern Territory Library||Public Libraries Victoria|
|Libraries ACT||NSW Public Libraries Association||Public Libraries WA|
|Libraries Tasmania||Public Libraries SA||Queensland Public Libraries Ass'n|
APLA is chaired by former ALIA President Viv Barton AALIA (CP). The committee meets every two months by videoconference and once a year face-to-face.
For previous editions, view the ALIA Library
|COVID-19 and public libraries interim report 2020||Online Storytime pilot project 2021|
|Services for migrants and refugees report 2019||Improving services for Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples report 2019||Digital health literacy initiative with the Australian Digital Health Agency 2019-2021||ALIA federal election agenda 2019|
|1100 public libraries across Australia have participated in the eSmart Libraries program||The Australian Public Library Alliance endorses the People Places guide for planning library buildings||Public libraries are delivery partners for the Australian Government's Be Connected program|
|Australian libraries: the digital economy within everyone's reach 2017||How public libraries contribute to the STEM agenda 2017||10 ways that public libraries support smart cities 2016||Australian Public Library Alliance Achievements 2016-2018|
Public libraries participate annually in ALIA's National Simultaneous Storytime, Library Lovers' Day and Library and Information Week
|ALIA and the Australian Public Library Alliance together develop submissions to government consultations and enquiries||Annual public libraries statistical report||Australia Reads is the annual book industry campaign initiated by libraries in 2012 and adopted by authors, publishers and booksellers|
The ALIA Public Library Proficiencies program, an introduction for non-LIS qualified staff, is available, tailored to individual library services
|The ALIA Public Library Specialisation is part of the professional development program for LIS qualified library staff||Australian Public Library news enewsletter produced monthly - subscribe here||UN Sustainable Development Goals- guidance notes|
For more information about any of the projects mentioned and others pre-2016, email email@example.com.
Public libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals
Public libraries contribute to at least 10 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, including:
1 No poverty
3 Good health and well-being
4 Quality education
5 Gender equality
8 Decent work and economic growth
9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10 Reduced inequalities
11 Sustainable cities and communities
16 Peace and justice, strong institutions
17 Partnerships for the goals
Page updated 2 July 2021