The Boroondara Literary Awards


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The Boroondara Literary Awards are a joint partnership between the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara in Victoria. Now in their 21st year, the Awards aim to encourage creative writing in schools and the general community.

The Open Short Story category is open to all residents of Australia.

  • Stories must be between 1,500 and 3,000 words in length.
  • Authors may enter a maximum of two pieces.
  • Entries close 5pm AEST, Friday 30 August 2019.


  • 1st: $1500
  • 2nd: $1000
  • 3rd: $500


Winners will be announced in November 2019.


Further details, the full terms and conditions, and the online entry form are available at

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A corto di libri awards (Yarra Libraries Win Video of the Year)

A corto di libri AIB/IFLA International Short Film Competition about Libraries

Video of the Year Winner - Yarra Libraries, Victoria

Congratulations to Yarra Libraries on this outstanding achievement, program and video!

For kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or other sensory issues, visiting Santa at a shopping centre can be an overwhelming or distressing experience. That's why Yarra Libraries decided to give families in our community the opportunity to get a photo with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment.


Sensitive Santa | 2018 Highlights from Yarra Libraries

Info session: PLA Evaluation Network Overview

Info session: PLA Evaluation Network Overview

News : 10 July 2019

In this short information session, Roger Henshaw of Public Libraries Australia chats to Alison Lasek of Culture Counts about the exciting new initiative for libraries. The PLA Evaluation Network is open to all Australian libraries who wish to better understand their impact and value through data.

The 25 minute recorded info session covers: 
• An overview of the PLA Evaluation Network and what’s involved 
• How the value of a library can be measured beyond simple membership numbers and lending statistics 
• How using standardised metrics can open up opportunities for big data analysis, benchmarking and sector insights 
• How outcomes data can be used to understand community needs and effectively communicate the full value story of libraries to stakeholders 

Registrations for the PLA Evaluation Network are open until 30 August, and interested libraries who were unable to attend the webinar on July 10th are encouraged to view this recorded information session. Full project details are available here

Invitation to Participate - Public Libraries Evaluation Network


Invitation to Participate in the PLA Evaluation Network

Public Libraries Australia and Culture Counts are inviting libraries to participate in the PLA Evaluation Network, a nation-wide data collection initiative to better understand and illustrate how libraries generate vital outcomes for their communities. 

Using standardised metrics crafted to align with the National Standards and Guidelines for Australian Public Libraries outcomes, the Culture Counts system empowers libraries to evaluate their programs and services, helping them to communicate their full value story to funders, donors and other stakeholders.

PLA encourages a diverse mix of libraries from around Australia to take part in this exciting initiative, with the big data collected generating broad sector trends and learnings, including insights into impact by region, programs, demographics and more.

As a member of the PLA Evaluation Network you will have access to:

  • A full Culture Counts subscription, including easy to use survey tools, unlimited evaluations, and real-time results
  • Survey templates containing outcome measures developed and tested with the library sector
  • Onboarding and evaluation guidance from Culture Counts client managers
  • Quarterly webinar sessions to discuss evaluation best practice, share data insights and provide feedback
  • Access to individual and nationally benchmarked reporting outputs
  • Ability to view sector trends and insights via a big data dashboard

Libraries taking part will be able to understand and articulate their own social and economic outcomes, learn from direct comparisons with their peers, access valuable trends and insights from the big data collected, and contribute to a body of evidence about the value of the library sector as a whole.

Click here to view the full project prospectus.

If you are interested in how this partnership between Culture Counts and PLA can help your organisation to capture and communicate your value, please contact Culture Counts on 03 9113 7999 or

Clare Fisher | PLA Chair, on behalf of the PLA Board of Directors | E:

The International Federation of Library Associations Strategy 2019 - 2024

The International Federation of Library Associations Strategy 2019 - 2024


IFLA works both to represent libraries on the world stage, and to strengthen the ability of our member associations, institutions, and individuals to advocate for and deliver library and information services that improve lives.

Areas of focus for the strategy are:

  1. Strengthen the Global Voice of Libraries

  2. Inspire and Enhance Professional Practice

  3. Connect and Empower the Field

  4. Optimise our Organisation

View the strategy here

Guidelines on Public Internet Access in Libraries (IFLA)


 Guidelines on Public Internet Access in Libraries


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions new Guidelines on Public Internet Access in Libraries offer both a firm reiteration of support for the value of such access, but also practical guidance in dealing with the issues that this may raise. It acts as a checklist, establishing principles and sharing examples which should serve as reference points for libraries globally.

Access to the internet provides a major opportunity for libraries - and in particular public libraries - to expand their offer of access to information, and so the value they provide to users.

They have brought new audiences to our institutions and allowed for the development of new services and types of support, building on the existing expertise and values of library and information workers.

Nonetheless, limitations on resources, pressures from community members, laws, and the attitudes of library and information workers themselves may affect how much of this potential can be realised.

Drawing on extensive research, as well as views from across IFLA sections and around the world, the new Guidelines offer a practical checklist of issues, as well as principles and examples which can serve as a reference to library managers and others looking to let users get online. 

The Guidelines were prepared by the IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) under the leadership of Professor Louise Cooke.



Women & Leadership Australia - End of Year Funding Available




Residual funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s information management sector.


The initiative is providing women with grants of between $2,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, engaging with challenge and conflict, creating future focus, leading authentically and driving performance.


The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for information management sector women, but has to be allocated by the end of 2019.


The initiative

For fifteen years, WLA has been developing female leadership and supporting the presence of women in business and community leadership roles.


Prioritising women who work in the information management sector has been a key component of our strategic impetus to date. Your support in making your members aware of this residual funding will enable us to continue making a sizeable and demonstrable impact.


Expressions of Interest

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 6th December:

Victorian Auditor-General's Office - Council Library Audit Report

The Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) conducted an audit to assess whether councils achieve value for money from their library services.

The VAGO assessed how well selected library services plan, monitor and review their services to find service efficiencies and meet community needs. They also examined whether funding and investments into statewide library initiatives are supporting councils to improve their library services.

You can read the report here

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