ALIA SA Inclusive Libraries Forum

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The ideal library is one that supports welcoming, open spaces that encourage inclusivity, access and diversity in their communities. This is achieved, not just through the environmental and physical aspects of accessibility or with the accessibility of collections, but also with social inclusion. What must be considered so that all citizens feel welcome in their local library?

ALIA SA is hosting a forum, with guest speakers discussing their ideas for improving library spaces, customer service, content, activities and services that meet a range of different user needs and create an inclusive library.



  • Ola Wleklinski, Marion Library Service : Community languages collections and community needs
  • Jo Kaeding, Adelaide Hills Library Service : Increasing access to public libraries for children with special needs and their families
  • Jenny Scott, State Library of South Australia: De-gendering the library
  • Craig Middleton, Centre of Democracy: Queer/ing GLAM practice: alternative approaches and inclusion
  • Eleni Drakos, Raeco Library & Education Solutions: Inclusive library design

Chaired by Katrina Williams, Charles Sturt Library Service


Light catering will be provided by the event sponsor: Raeco. 




Ticket prices

$5 for ALIA members, $10 for non-members (GST included)


5.30pm for a 6.00pm start, Wednesday 21 March


Register online now

This event will also be live streamed on the ALIA SA Facebook page.


Ira Raymond Room
(directly opposite the main bridge entrance to the Barr Smith Library) University of Adelaide North Terrace (between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road)
ALIA Group Event
Wednesday 21 March 2018 5:30pm to 8:00pm
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