During Library and Information Week 2019, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) organised an inspiring and informative Leadership & Innovation Forum at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra.
The theme was ‘Meaningful and respectful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and heritage – what more do we need to do?’ Hosted by ALIA President Lyndall Ley, the speakers were Craig Ritchie, CEO of AIATSIS, Rebecca Bateman, Indigenous Curator at the National Library of Australia, and Torres Strait Islander author Samantha Faulkner.
Discussion points included: consultation with Indigenous communities and how this is transforming what’s happening at the National Library of Australia; the fact that reconciliation can be thought about as accommodating Indigenous people within Western structures or it can be about transforming Western structures to be appropriate for all; and making sure that humanities research in this space is ethical and respectful.
This forum was the eighth of its kind following on from similar forums held in 2018 in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week, ALIA has updated its report on the forums which can be found on the ALIA website. This report provides an insight into how libraries across Australia can improve their services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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