Library and Information Week 20-24 May 2019 is an opportunity for libraries and library users to celebrate the invaluable contribution that libraries make to society. The event is organised each year by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
For 2019 the theme is ‘Truth, Integrity, Knowledge’ recognising how library and information professionals support truth, integrity and knowledge in an environment where fake news has become a threat to people’s understanding of the world around them.
There is a range of activities over the course of the week, as well as merchandise for sale to help ALIA Members promote their involvement.
- Monday 20 May – Launch day — You can start creating activities for your users that will run across the entire week.
- Tuesday 21 May – National Library and Information Technicians' Day — This is the day to celebrate the great work that library technicians do and to gain a better understanding of their role in libraries.
- Wednesday 22 May – National Simultaneous Storytime — at 11am participants across Australia and New Zealand will sit down and read Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove.
- Thursday 23 May – Libraries celebrate Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea — take a break and help raise money with your community for this important cause
- Friday 24 May – ALIA Day — spread the love and let users and other LIS professionals know the good work that ALIA does, including Library and Information Week!
‘May is a great time to celebrate Library and Information Week, as part of Information Awareness Month. We always have a good response from Members – and last year more than a million Australian and New Zealand children and caregivers sat down to read together for National Simultaneous Storytime,’ Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO, said.
As always, ALIA will be asking all library and information professionals to share their Library and Information Week stories on social media, using the hashtag #LIW2019 and #ALIATIK.
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. www.alia.org.au
Karolina Firman, Communications Officer. Karolina.Firman@alia.org.au