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.
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.
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.'
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) President Damian Lodge has this morning outlined the aims of FAIR at the Information Online 2015 Conference being held in Sydney.
FAIR stands for Freedom of Access to Information and Resources and is a new initiative from ALIA.
We've issued a media release to tell the world that we're starting our FAIR campaign.
FAIR is brought to you by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and its CEO, Sue McKerracher said: ’We started this campaign because we want to harness the passion of people who love libraries, people who work in the library and information sector and people who believe in freedom of access to information.’
‘We want to remind those in Governments who are looking at tough budgets, that slicing away library resources, funding and staffing is shortsighted in the extreme.’
‘Cutting library budgets would affect the 10 million library users in Australia and the 27,000 people working in the library and information sector who support those users – day-in and day-out.’
FAIR is a major new initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
FAIR stands for Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR). Fairness underpins the professional ethos of the library and information sector and it’s this value that sets us apart from other organisations that occupy a similar space. People can buy books from bookshops, they can search for answers through Google, they can meet in a wifi-enabled cafe, but none of these other providers of content, information, space and technology come with the same brand of equity and fairness that is provided by libraries.