What is Library and Information Week?
It’s a week to celebrate the work that library and information workers do all around Australia. The theme for 2022 is Rewrite. Renew. Reimagine. During Library and Information Week, The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) are encouraging everyone to re-engage with the library, immerse themselves in the resources and collections, ponder on the stories we’ve been told and modify old understandings with revised stories …or re-tell them with a fresh new vision.
‘Want to begin research for your novel? Want to start mapping or expanding your family tree? Want to make an edit to a Wikipedia entry, or unearth something new in the archive? Perhaps you want to reimagine the possibilities for your career, or simply conduct a thought experiment that might lead to a radical, transformative, idea. You can do all of this and much more provided you are equipped with access to information and a desire for deeper enquiry’.
This week was first celebrated in 1968 as Australian Library Week, organised by the Australian Library Promotion Council. After the Council folded in the late 1980s, the Australian Library and Information association took responsibility for the week, and it was eventually changed to Library and Information Week in 2000, to reflect and build awareness of the broader range of the library and information services sector, and promote all types of library and information services in Australia.
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