Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2018

Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia – Sunday 29 July 2018
Friday 11 August, 2017, Canberra: In 2018, the first Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference (APLIC) will take place on the Gold Coast, as a three-way partnership between the Australian Library and Information Association, the Library Association of Singapore and LIANZA. Alongside this major event, ALIA will be hosting a Sustainable Development Goals Summit for the library and information sector.
ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, “APLIC provides the perfect opportunity to bring together library and information professionals from across Australia and the Region to compare strategies for incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their work with communities, in schools, in academia, with government and other organisations.”
Major themes for the one-day pre-conference summit will be ensuring public access to information; preserving and providing access to cultural heritage, and promoting universal literacy.
Summit attendees will depart with a clear understanding of how the SDGs can be embedded in their own sector, be it public, school, academic or special libraries. They will gain a national and international library perspective on the SDGs; be better informed about ways of progressing this agenda, and be equipped with the information they need to spread their message in their own communities and through professional networks. 
The event has been made possible in part through funding from the IFLA International Advocacy Programme, which enables ALIA to offer two grant streams for attendees. For those representing regional libraries, for example in the Northern Territory, outback New South Wales, the Red Centre or Far North Queensland, ALIA is able to offer five grants of up to AUD$1000. ALIA is also able to offer a further grant pool of AUD$5000 to support attendees from emerging nations in the Asia-Pacific Region. 
This initiative is part of a program of activities planned by ALIA to support the take up and delivery of the SDGs in Australia and the Region. More information will be available on the website soon: Grant enquiries to
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.
Contact:  Greg Bell, Communications Coordinator: 02 6215 8221
Friday 11 August 2017 1:00pm