Freedom of Access to Information and Resources

We’re campaigning for a fair, open, democratic society where information can be accessed by everyone.

FAIR is lobbying on a number of issues which affect Australia's library and information sector including copyright law reform, cybersafety and the problems with internet filtering, digitising our nation’s history, encouraging children to read, evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, evidence-based policy making, learning at any age, qualified library staff in schools, supporting Australia's book industry and well funded public libraries.

The 2nd way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Freedom of information

We help ensure that people have access to information, without bias or censorship. Some libraries use internet filters to support cybersafe experiences for children, but we are against high level government restrictions on internet content and have campaigned successfully against this over the last decade. We also help people to navigate government Freedom of Information request processes.

The 3rd way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Monday, 5 November, 2018

Evidence-based

We identify and evaluate information sources which will help people reach their own, well-informed decisions about critical issues. We consider the source, the credibility of the author, the wider context and the supporting evidence, in order to authenticate information.

The 5th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

Indigenous Knowledge

Librarians work respectfully with Indigenous knowledge – the stories, artefacts, images, artworks and documents that form collections of first nations’ materials. We seek permission for access, consult with community Elders and use established protocols to ensure that knowledge is handled sensitively and appropriately.

 

The 6th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Thursday, 4 October, 2018

Freedom of expression

We believe in free speech and freedom of expression. To quote the IFLA principles of freedom of expression and good librarianship: ‘Libraries contribute to the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom and help to safeguard basic democratic values and universal civil rights’.

The 7th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Thursday, 4 October, 2018

Equity

We are working to ensure that any and everyone in Australia can join a library, borrow books, use PCs, seek the expert help of library staff and source the information they need. There are still some barriers to library membership, for example fines for overdue books and the need to have a permanent address to register, but these have been removed in some locations and are being tackled in others.

The 8th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Tuesday, 2 October, 2018

Privacy

Libraries promote the right to privacy in the digital age. We are concerned about excessive data collection, hacking and harvesting of personal information, for political and commercial gain. At the same time, we support aggregated data, stripped of personal identifiers, being made available to researchers for social benefits – for example, in the health sector.

The 9th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Open Access

We support the principle of open access, especially for government-funded research. Open access enables the reuse of data, building on the work of others and advancing the world’s knowledge at a faster rate than has been possible before. Quality metadata, applied by librarians, makes this data more easily discoverable.

The 10th way that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge

Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Collaboration

Librarianship is an ethical profession and one that thrives on partnerships, collaboration and sharing. We work with government, academia, corporate and civil society organisations as a force for good. This makes libraries a natural partner in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals identified in the UN 2030 Agenda.

Announcing Truth Integrity Knowledge

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and FAIR are pleased to announce that we will be running the Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK) campaign throughout 2019. The campaign will focus on how and why librarianship is one of the most trusted professions in Australia. It will remind users that, in a society driven by fake news and the 24-hour media cycle, they can rely on library and information professionals to hold the integrity to be the bastion of truth and to have obtained the skills to be able share the knowledge that they look after.

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