Librarians - old and new | Recreation of historic photo for ALIA's 80th birthday


Friday, 23 June 2017, Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), based in Deakin, ACT, turns 80 years old this year and today celebrated its birthday with a recreation of the historic photo of the inaugural gathering of librarians which took place on 21 August 1937 outside the Albert  Hall in Canberra.

This first meeting of the Australian Institute of Librarians was the start of today's member association for the Australian library and information sector.

This morning the librarians braved the winter cold and fog to stand in the footsteps of the librarians who came before.

Then as now - many of these librarians had travelled from interstate. Today they are attending a conference called  the New Librarians' Symposium 8 at the National Library of Australia.

Sue McKerracher, CEO of ALIA, said: 'Many things have changed some things stay the same. The aim of preserving the human record is still paramount but the way it is done through digitisation, the creation of digital works and accessing information online through cloud-based services could not have been imagined in 1937.'

'I am sure the increased accessibility of information would have been welcomed by our founders and our members owe it to them to continue to innovate and transform the way we deliver our services in this information-rich world.'



About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.



Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: | 02 6215 8225 | 0409830 439 

Friday 23 June 2017 3:30pm