News & Events


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We also produce a newsletter which contains news and vignettes to ensure readers are kept up to date with Libraries Australia developments. If you would like to start receiving the newsletter via email, please contact the Help Desk.


Advisory Committee Meetings

The Libraries Australia Advisory Committee (also known as the ‘LAAC’) meets twice a year face-to-face. Their next meeting is scheduled for 30 October 2014  at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

Members are encouraged to download and read the Advisory Committee meeting minutes & papers.

Libraries Australia Forum

The annual Forum is Libraries Australia’s premier event showcasing all of our latest developments.

At the Forum, service highlights are demonstrated, the Annual Report is presented, and future directions are discussed. Service specific sessions are run during the day, allowing for open examination of issues and discussions of workflows. External keynote speakers are invited to present information on directions and services involving the wider library community.

The Forum is a fantastic opportunity for members to informally meet one another as well as discuss aspects of the service with Libraries Australia staff.

This 1 day Forum, held in a different Australian city every year, attracts around 300 delegates annually.

For a taste of what to expect, check out past Forum programs, library tours and photos, accessible from our Forum web page.

OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Meetings

The OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council represents member libraries from the territory west of Hawaii, ranging from China, Korea and Japan in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the south, and Pakistan to the west. OCLC APRC meetings are open to all members and provide a forum to discuss issues that are important to its members and to advise OCLC about its products, services, policies and operating direction through the Global Council. The 1st OCLC APRC meeting held in Australia was held on 15 April 2010 at the National Library of Australia. It was held in conjunction with the National Library's Innovative Ideas Forum on 16 April 2010.


In 2009 a series of Roadshows were conducted throughout Australia (in both regional centres and capital cities) – they were a resounding success!

The 2009 Roadshow provided an overview of Libraries Australia services as well as an opportunity to discuss the ways in which organisations can fully utilise them. The Roadshow was intended to be informative and interactive. It was not intended to be a training session. Presentations included information on:

  • Search service
  • Administration system
  • Libraries Australia Document Delivery
  • Introduction to Cataloguing
  • Record Import Service
  • Web Cataloguing
  • Cataloguing Client
  • Global Holdings Update
  • Uploading Summary
  • Record Export Service
  • Products
  • Z39.50
  • Search download
  • Downloading summary

A total of 23 Roadshows were conducted in every State and Territory of Australia between April and September 2009. The facilitators travelled over 26,000 km by air and road to deliver presentations to 749 staff of Libraries Australia members!

See what was presented at the 2009 Roadshow:

User Group Meetings

Libraries Australia User Group meetings (also known as ‘LAUG’ meetings) are held at regular intervals around the country and are attended by users of Libraries Australia. These meetings provide a forum to discuss workflows and issues, including those which relate to Libraries Australia services and other issues which impact on the library community.

Find out about the next User Group Meeting in your state/territory by clicking on the relevant link: ACT - NSW - NT - QLD - SA - TAS - VIC - WA

Conference Presentations

Libraries Australia staff are invited to give presentations and talks on Libraries Australia developments at library conferences around Australia. Copies of these presentations are available from our Conference Presentations web page.