News Articles

American Library Association to raise funds for Vanuatu

Friday, 10 April, 2015

Good news!

The American Library Association (ALA) is supporting our efforts to raise funds to replenish school library book collections which were destroyed during Cyclone Pam in mid-March in Vanuatu.

Read the article on the ALA website.

The ALA will collect funds in North America and then dispatch them to us. 

We will then find the best way to get some educational books to Vanuatu.

We are still investigating how to do this and will update soon on how this will be achieved.

Collection box flyer - resource to help raise funds for Vanuatu school libraries

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015
FAIR collection box

FAIR is helping you collect donations for the school libraries of Vanuatu.

We have made a flyer that you can attach to your collection box - download the flyer.

FAIR has been collecting donations to help replace school library books in Vanuatu following the terrible destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.

As you know we reached out to the National Library and Archives of Vanuatu who have promised to get the books to the school children,

Don't cut library budgets - FAIR keeps up the pressure on WA Government

Friday, 13 March, 2015
man in suit cutting through budget sign with scissors

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.   

WA State Library Budget – update

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015

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.

Supporting the State Library and public libraries of Western Australia

Monday, 31 August, 2015

February - March 2015 

FAIR supporters were rallied to support the State Library and public libraries of Western Australia following a leak on ABC news early in March.

The ABC reported that the WA State Government is proposing savage cuts to State Library funding which would not only affect this major institution, but also have a damaging impact on the state's 232 public libraries. 

Talking FAIR at the Australian Digital Alliance

Friday, 13 February, 2015

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’.

Everyone should have access to information!

Thursday, 12 February, 2015

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.