Libraries Australia: 2016 reflections and best wishes for a safe and happy festive season!!

By Belinda Diehm | Published: December 19, 2016

Libraries Australia celebrated its 35th anniversary on 2 November 2016, and in this milestone year there continues to be a real focus on collaboration, participation and engagement as part of our national service.

As we rapidly approach the end of a productive and successful year, we would like to acknowledge some of our achievements and engagement activities, which included:

  • We welcomed Heather Walsh and Amanda Magnussen to our Libraries Australia management team.
  • Collectively, we reached a significant milestone of collaboration with 30 million bibliographic records on the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD).
  • ‘Communities of practices’ were formed around library management systems to leverage economies of scale and deliver real benefits through streamlined data contributions and workflows to the ANBD. These included the Ex Libris and Alma community, OCLC and WMS libraries, Libero libraries, Innovative Millennium and Sierra libraries.
  • Libraries Australia: The Summer Sessions was successfully launched on 10 November, with over 250 people collectively participating in our first two sessions on “Improving Visibility of Libraries on the Web” and “Creating Linked Open Library Data”. Members can join us for more of these free professional development webinars over the summer.
  • Our Libraries Australia Online Newsletter was redeveloped with an expanded content program.  The newsletter focuses on member engagement, and telling stories from the Libraries Australia community and our national and global environments.
  • Libraries Australia Advisory Committee (LAAC) held productive meetings during the year and endorsed a new Terms of Reference. Members can keep up-to-date via the new Key messages arising from the meeting held series.
  • Several Libraries Australia representatives met with members at their Libraries Australia User Group meetings in Canberra, Hobart, Sydney, Darwin, Adelaide and Brisbane, as well as a meeting convened in Perth.

We hope that you will be able to join us on 12 January for our next webinar as part of The Summer Sessions. Samantha Tillett will be providing an update on the British Library's On Demand Service, their new and improved document supply service, launched in July 2016. You may wish to book now to ensure a place.

The Libraries Australia team wish you a safe and happy festive season, and look forward to working with you in the New Year.



Nikki Darby
Assistant Director, Libraries Australia Member Services | National Collections Access Division | National Library of Australia