The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted libraries of all types around the world, requiring library leaders to respond to rapidly shifting community and institutional needs. This briefing synthesizes findings and recommendations within the context of work experiences, collections experiences and engagement experiences during the pandemic.
The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) has released this report, which summarises the results of a survey of Australian CAUL members to understand the extent of use of provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 to support students and academics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This document presents the results of a survey undertaken by the Australian Library and Information Association Book Industry and eLending Advisory Committee.
This report provides a snapshot of the ways libraries have supported industry, health, education, communications and the arts at a national level during 2019, including celebrating the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages and the Australian Year of the Public Domain.
This report expertly frames machine learning and both its possibilities and its challenges. After defining machine learning and distinguishing it from the broader category of artificial intelligence (AI), the author describes the history of the use of these technologies in libraries and explores various approaches.
Libraries are in a state of moving from experimentation to production with linked data, and it is vitally important that the needs for descriptions of special collections materials are not left behind at this critical moment. This document helps to outline some of the challenges...
The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2019 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. This project aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians’ visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in...
Mapping the current landscape of research library engagement with emerging technologies in research and learning: executive summary
This report is an executive summary of secondary resources and discussions with research library leaders on their organisations’ adoption of emerging technologies.
This report presents findings from a national survey of Australian public libraries exploring how libraries decide which ebooks to purchase. It reports on data about the goals libraries have in building ebook collections, and how they manage and balance those goals against constraints they face.
This paper presents an interdependent set of technical, organisational, and social challenges to be addressed en route to library operationalisation of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI).
In September 2019, library leaders and other guests gathered at ALIA House in Canberra to debate stretch targets for the sector as part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This discussion paper outlines a draft set of stretch targets as the foundation for...
The IFLA Strategy 2019-24 is a document for the library field, by the library field. It is designed to be a reference point, not only for IFLA’s own Professional Units, headquarters and regional and languages offices, but also for our membership and the library field...
Research libraries powering sustainable knowledge in the digital age: LIBER Europe strategy 2018-2022
The 2018-2022 LIBER Strategy, which will steer LIBER’s development over the next five years, will support LIBER libraries in facing coming changes in the European working environment such as the various initiatives in advancing Open Science.
This document presents the results of two surveys: one aimed at managers and librarians of repositories, and one directed at technical staff working on repositories.
The Canadian contribution to literature, music, film, and other forms of creative expression is rich and deep. Using WorldCat, the world’s largest and most comprehensive aggregation of data describing global library holdings, this report explores the contours of this contribution, as it is manifested in...
The objective of this project is to determine how improvements to repository infrastructure can be made across the sector to increase the findability, accessibility, interoperability and re-usability (FAIR) of Australian-funded research outputs.
This paper argues that there is still a need for developing cohesive strategies within individual libraries to ensure that they are investing in resources - whether they are owned, licensed, streamed, shared, or borrowed in a systematic manner, balancing user needs with their stewardship role.
The goal of this report is to provide an exploration of access to information as a driver of development. In doing so, it seeks to inform decision-making about the implementation of the SDGs. It is intended for policymakers and advisers, as well as anyone who...
This paper describes current efforts towards building a framework that extends the functionality of an Open Access Repository by implementing processes to incorporate the ongoing trends in social media into the context of a digital collection.