The week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community. This week is your chance to show your skills and your value to the community in a fun way!
Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to:
- find out about the wide range of services which local public and school libraries offer.
- recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
- recognise the contribution of specialist libraries for the work outcomes in corporations, government departments, hospitals and other institutions.
- debate our information future and government approaches to it.
- emphasise the significance of libraries in the maintenance of our history and culture at community and national levels.
- recognise the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
- consider the role which libraries play in our local community, work and personal life.
Library and Information Week is held during the last week of May each year. This year Library and Information week takes place from 23 to 29 May 2016. We are excited to annouce that the 2016 LIW theme is 'Discover More'.
You can get involved by organising your own event to celebrate the industry or you can join library and information services across Australia.
Monday 23 May - 10 things you never knew you could find in a library - Last year, we searched for Australia’s favourite books - this year , we’re searching for some of the interesting and unusual things you can find in a library. We think many will be surprised about the items on this list. Join the hunt and use #fabulousfinds on social media.
Tuesday 24 May - National Library Technicians' Day - this day provides the opportunity for library technicians to promote ALIA, the profession, and their role in libraries and to celebrate their many achievements.
Wednesday 25 May - National Simultaneous Storytime
Thursday 26 May - Libraries celebrate Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea
Friday 27 May - ALIA Day
Check the ALIA events calendar for details of ALIA group events in your local area celebrating LIW.
- Drink Bottles
Click here to order LIW merchandise for your event! All prices include GST and postage. Members are entitled to discounted prices on merchandise orders.
Please allow at least 5 working days (metropolitan areas) and 10 working days (regional areas) for delivery of items. Orders placed after 6 May 2016 cannot be guaranteed to arrive in time for Library and Information Week 2016.
Ideas for inspiration
For inspiration and ideas for LIW2016 click here.
We would love to hear about your ideas. Let us know your plans.
This resource is designed to help you get the best publicity and media coverage for your LIW events in the lead up to Library and Information Week.
Australian Library Week was first celebrated in 1968 under the auspices of the Australian Library Promotion Council. The Council folded in the late 1980s. After an intermission of some years, the Australian Library and Information Association assumed responsibility for Australian Library Week and activities and promotion of the event have steadily gained momentum.
In 2000, the name of the week was changed to Library and Information Week to reflect the broader coverage of the sector represented by the Library and Information Association. Library and Information Week will promote all types of library and information services, the expertise and skills of the profession, and the key issues that need to be addressed to secure access to information.
Previous Library and Information Week themes have included:
- 2015 - Imagine
- 2014 - Join the Dots
- 2013 - Share your story
- 2012 - Think Outside the Book
- 2011 - Libraries: We Find Stuff!
- 2010 - Access All Areas
- 2009 - Libraries your passport to discovery!
- 2008 - Libraries are for Everyone
- 2007 - Linking People with Ideas
- 2006 - Linking People with Ideas @your library
- 2005 - Posters themes: 'feeding hungry young minds' 'most user friendly search engine', what's on your librarians mind?'
- 2004 - Down and Loaded
- 2003 - Power your Mind
- 2002 - Libraries Change Lives
- 2001 - Libraries Information Matters and Libraries Knowledge Outlook
- 2000 - Here for the Long Run
- 1999 - Libraries: Explore and Discover
- 1998 - Pathways to Knowledge
- 1997 - Libraries: a Web of Information
Check out some of the 2016 highlights here. We'd love to see what you, your library or community are up to for Library and Information Week 2016 'Discover More'. Send in your videos, photos and stories of how you celebrated LIW to firstname.lastname@example.org.