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Australian libraries: the digital economy

New ALIA report responds to digital economy consultation, Australian Library and Information Association, 1 December 2017

Canberra, Friday 1 December, 2017: In response to the Australian Government’s wide-ranging consultation on the digital economy, ALIA has produced Australian libraries: the digital economy within everyone’s reach, a 28-page report explaining how libraries support digital inclusion, digital and information literacies, innovation in industry and in government.

The report contains useful data and compelling case studies from every state and territory, from public, school, special, academic and state libraries. It provides a colourful resource which libraries can use to explain how they are driving digital transformation in library management, collections, programs and services.

ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, “We welcome this opportunity to respond to the Australian Government’s Digital Economy Strategy Consultation. The library and information sector is an outstanding example of an industry that has successfully transformed itself to meet the challenges of the digital age. We see this consultation process not only as an opportunity to promote the achievements of the library sector but also to raise awareness of the contribution libraries can make, now and into the future, to ensure that the digital economy is within everyone’s reach. Equity is a core value of libraries and our vision is of a future where everyone has the potential to benefit from a thriving digital economy; no one is left behind or marginalised because of their lack of access to technologies or their lack of IT skills.”

About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au

Contact:  Greg Bell, Communications Coordinator: greg.bell@alia.org.au | 02 6215 8222 |

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