Our advocacy campaigns are great opportunities for the sector to promote its value and to highlight issues of importance to the communities we serve.
We celebrate the 80 Treasures of ALIA as we mark our 80th birthday in 2017. We ask ALIA Members to tell us the things that they think make our association great. "Perhaps it's the group events where you network with colleagues from other workplaces, or is it the Professional Development tracker that lets you record your lifelong learning, or the guidance from the many standards and guidelines, or something of special significance like the gavel used at AGMs?" A gallery will be built over the next few months.
ALIA has sent a letter of support to political prisoner Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow. IFLA has stated Natalya was arrested and placed under house arrest in October 2015 after being accused of inciting hatred or animosity towards a social group by allegedly holding banned books in the Library. In April 2016, she was also charged with misappropriating library funds and her house arrest was subsequently extended. ALIA agrees with IFLA that the treatment of the Library of Ukrainian Literature, and its staff – and in particular Natalya Sharina - is completely disproportionate and unnecessary, and an attack on libraries and librarians. As such it is an attack on democracy, learning and culture.