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

Thursday, 4 October, 2018


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


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


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.

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.