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Special libraries directory 2021, 5th edition

ALIA’s Special Libraries Working Group has put together this directory of special libraries to support collaboration. The directory is not a comprehensive listing, but it does identify like-minded individuals working in similar situations. The aim is to enable people to share non-competitive information, insight, expertise, ideas and resources; to improve the sense of connectedness in a sector with many one-person libraries, and to strengthen special libraries’ advocacy network. 
 
This directory is an update of the 4th edition published in early 2021.

10 ways that libraries power high performance organisations [poster]

This advocacy document [poster] illustrates the ways that Australian special libraries serve clients in government, health, law, business, banking, consulting, research, science and technology, the arts, media and other industries by providing facts not fiction, decision-ready information, usable big data, tailored resources, 24/7 electronic delivery of information, a world view of cutting edge information theory and practice, access to the latest news, staff professional development, information and technology expertise, and preservation services.

Efficient and Effective Special Libraries

Paper produced by the ALIA Special Libraries Working Group and AGLIN Think Tank on July 2021 as information resource for ALIA Members and selected stakeholders.
 
From small libraries run by one or two qualified librarians through to sizeable library and information services employing a team of professionals, special libraries are constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of their users. Special libraries have readily introduced new technologies and new ways of working to deliver greater efficiency and effectiveness.
 

Special libraries and COVID-19: Lessons learned and future directions

Speaker notes for this presentation which discusses:

  • Highlights of the HLA Survey results Australasian Health Libraries responses to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • HLA Initiatives in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Redeployment: my journey from the Library to the Emergency Department.
  • Insights into Library responses from the international literature.

Special libraries and COVID-19: Lessons learned and future directions [slides]

This presentation (PowerPoint slides) discusses:

  • Highlights of the HLA Survey results Australasian Health Libraries responses to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • HLA Initiatives in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • Redeployment: my journey from the Library to the Emergency Department.
  • Insights into Library responses from the international literature.

Special libraries directory 2021, 4th edition

ALIA’s Special Libraries Working Group has put together this directory of special libraries to support collaboration. This directory is an update of the 3rd edition published in 2020. It is not a comprehensive listing, but does identify like-minded individuals working in similar situations. The aim is to enable people to share non-competitive information, insight, expertise, ideas and resources; to improve the sense of connectedness in a sector with many one-person libraries, and to strengthen special libraries’ advocacy network.

AGLIN Commonwealth Government Agency Libraries Review: Stage 2 Report

In 2015, the Executive of the Australian Government Libraries and Information Network (AGLIN) commissioned a study into Commonwealth Government library and research services. Following a literature review discussing the issues and challenges facing contemporary government information services (Hallam & Faraker, 2016), relevant organisational data about the individual services was collected through an online service, and library staff shared their views and insights in a series of focus groups.

ALIA special libraries survey: report snapshot

In 2010 the ALIA Special Library Advisory Committee (SLAC) determined to undertake a statistical study of special libraries in Australia. The purpose of the study was to enable ALIA, special libraries members and employers (management) to gain a better understanding of the current state of specialist information services in Australia.
 
This document provides a brief profile of Australian special librarian survey respondents.

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