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PLA eNews - December 2016

December 19, 2016 - 4:34pm

Public Libraries Australia eNews - December 2016

Seasons Greetings from PLA

From the PLA Chair

Dear PLA members and friends

In this year of the post-factual, public librarianship continues to place value on a solid world for our users (so, for instance, the LA Times wrote on 17 November that “librarians may be the only first responders holding the line between America and a raging national pandemic of absolutism. More desperately than ever, we need our libraries now, and all three of their traditional pillars: 
1) education, 
2) good reading and 
3) the convivial refuge of a place apart.”

In this year where Margaret Thatcher’s pronouncement (“There is no such thing as society”) seemed to come home to roost for more people than ever, public librarians continued to provide support for the marginalised and the less fortunate.

And in this year where borders seemed to be closing more than ever before, a privileged few of our public librarians continued to stress the virtues of internationalism and co-operation overseas. PLA’s  initiative in providing funding to to help Celia Donellan attend the IFLA Conference in Ohio was a statement of our belief in a world of co-operation, education and social cohesion. Celia works in the Sunshine Coast Libraries, and was the winner of our inaugural PLA eConnect Award*.

On behalf of the PLA Board of Directors I would like to wish all our members and friends a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.
And may 2017 be a better year for all of us.

Best wishes,

Ian Greenhalgh

* Download a copy of Celia Donellan's IFLA report here