ALIA President Damian Lodge launches FAIR

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

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.

Its aim is to secure the future for libraries and campaign on individual issues which are important to the Library and Information sector and the community. Mr Lodge said: ‘FAIR will be very important for library staff and library users as it seeks to secure the future for libraries and campaign on individual issues.

‘We’re aiming to make advocacy a high priority this year and FAIR will be the tool which will help us achieve this.’

‘FAIR is aiming to make a difference on the many areas of concern. For example we will be focusing on school library staffing, public library budgets, copyright reform and support for government libraries just to name a few.’

Mr Lodge encouraged conference attendees and ALIA Members to participate in FAIR.

‘We hope you will join us in supporting FAIR by subscribing to the newsletter, using the logo and other collateral we have provided on the FAIR website to share messages with friends and colleagues,’he said.