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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.

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.