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.

Why support FAIR?

Wednesday, 4 February, 2015

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.'

FAIR: Campaign to secure the future of libraries, their patrons and staff

Monday, 2 February, 2015

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.’

Join FAIR: Advocacy for the library and information sector

Monday, 2 February, 2015

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.