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.
Copyright advisor to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) Trish Hepworth and ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher, yesterday gave evidence to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on the Commonwealth's Treaty Making Process.
Copyright and Intellectual Property (IP) issues often come up in treaties and unintended consequences occur.
The American Library Association (ALA) is supporting our efforts to raise funds to replenish school library book collections which were destroyed during Cyclone Pam in mid-March in Vanuatu.
Read the article on the ALA website.
The ALA will collect funds in North America and then dispatch them to us.
We will then find the best way to get some educational books to Vanuatu.
We are still investigating how to do this and will update soon on how this will be achieved.
FAIR is helping you collect donations for the school libraries of Vanuatu.
We have made a flyer that you can attach to your collection box - download the flyer.
FAIR has been collecting donations to help replace school library books in Vanuatu following the terrible destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.
As you know we reached out to the National Library and Archives of Vanuatu who have promised to get the books to the school children,
ALIA Chief Executive, Sue McKerracher, and Acting Director Engagement and Partnerships State Library of Queensland, Jane Cowell, last night headlined on ABC Radio's Nightlife with Tony Delroy.
Presenter Tony Delroy introduced the item as a walk down the aisle of your local public library.
FAIR supporters are continuing to send emails to WA Minister for Culture and Arts, John Day, protesting any potential reduction to the State Library of Western Australia's (SLWA) budget which would have implications for the services it provides to more than 200 public libraries. Thanks for all your support on this important issue.
Since Monday, FAIR supporters have been rallying around the WA State Library following news of State Government threats to its budget.
More than 250 emails from FAIR supporters have been sent to the WA Arts Minister, John Day, opposing budget cuts to the WA State Library which may see reduced opening hours and may prevent it from providing essential library services to the WA community.
Budget cuts to the WA State Library may affect the 232 public libraries across WA to which the State Library provides support services.
ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher, had the opportunity this morning to speak to the Australian Digital Alliance in Canberra at the National Library of Australia.
Ms McKerracher noted that there had been some depressing news from the UK covered this week in The Independent – ‘Number of library visitors falls by 40 million in four years as austerity measures force closures’.
Anila Pinto was a volunteer at the Australian Library and Information Association's (ALIA) Information Online 2015 Conference held last week in Sydney.
Anila joined FAIR because she believes that everyone has the right to access information regardless of their level of income.
"Every should be able to get the information they need and continue to learn, and this can be achieved at a library. I like that FAIR supports this equality and it is something that librarians understand."
Anila last year completed her studies at Mount Druitt TAFE.
Delegates at the ALIA Information Online 2015 Conference have been hearing about the new FAIR campaign.
Many delegates wore the badge which was provided in the conference satchel.
Tegan Darnell, from USQ, was one of the first through the conference doors, proudly wearing her badge on her conference satchel.
When asked why she supported FAIR, she said: 'Libraries are a cause and they need strong advocacy. I support the FAIR aims.'