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.

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.

ABC sound and reference libraries

Monday, 12 February, 2018

The ABC has decided to close sound and reference libraries in Adelaide, Hobart and Perth, to reduce the service in Sydney, and to make 10 specialist librarians redundant, as reported in The Guardian (Tuesday 30 January) “ABC dismantles sound libraries and axes staff to improve budgets” and The Guardian (Tuesday 6 February) “ABC plans to send entire book collection to Samoa to save money”. This decision has caused deep concern among ABC staff, libraries and cultural institutions.

Reflections on evidence-based policy, professional responsibility and the Marriage Law Postal Survey - Elizabeth Smith and James McGoran

Thursday, 9 November, 2017

ALIA NGAC Members Elizabeth Smith and James McGoran have authored a discussion piece on professional advocacy and the free flow of ideas.

Elizabeth and James examine the recent Marriage Law Postal Survey and advocacy in a LIS context.

#CookingForCopyright online

Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Will you be furiously cooking up a storm on Sunday evening 30th July, and wearing your Cooking For Copyright apron, or recovering from a successful day of baking?
Like to share your baking adventures virtually, wherever you are in Australia or the world?