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Twila Ann Janssen Herr Research Award

The Twila Ann Janssen Herr Award is a biennial award of up to $5000 that aims to provide an early career LIS practitioner with the opportunity to research or undertake a project in the area of library and information services for people with a disability.
The document outlines frequently asked questions regarding the terms of the Twila Ann Janssen Herr Award.

Guidelines for Australian home library services

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) supports social inclusion and asserts that all Australians should therefore have access to the resources and services of a public library, regardless of their circumstances. Home library services exist to provide services to users who - through reasons including disability, illness and limited mobility - are unable to access public libraries in person.

IFLA-ALIA joint submission for the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review in Australia, July 2020

This joint submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) covers access to information, cultural materials and education, and the rights of vulnerable groups such as indigenous people, migrants, refugees and those with disabilities or on lower incomes.

Australian Digital Alliance letter in relation to safe harbour scheme extension, February 2016

The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) welcomes changes to the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill. These reforms are essential to foster the development of Australia’s digital economy and ensure all Australians share in its benefits. We welcome and support the Bill’s introduction into Parliament at the earliest opportunity this year.

Doing our part to end the "book famine": UQ's eBook accessibility project

ALIA Information Online 2019 Conference, 11-15 February 2019 Sydney: Infinite Possibilities
This conference paper discusses a project undertaken by the University of Queensland library which explored the accessibility of a range of ebook platforms commonly encountered by students and how well these platforms serve library clients with a print disability.


The library experience: a discussion in possibilities [video]

ALIA New Librarians' Symposium 9 (NLS9), 5-7 July 2019 Adelaide: collaborate deviate innovate
Recording (MP4 audiovisual) of lightning talk on how libraries can utilise the built environment to enhance user experience, either using technological design or architecturally based concepts resulting in reduction of barriers to access. It will draw on both social disability and social design concepts, which when used in libraries will ultimately allow the entire community access to innovative learning experiences and different ways to experience a library.


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