Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Learning Futures: Public Libraries for the New Generations

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Learning Futures: Public Libraries for the New Generations

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This issue of Aplis is a selection of papers given at the Learning futures: public libraries for the new generations in Australia and New Zealand conference held in Adelaide 9-10 March 2007.

Distinctive aspects of the conference were the strong contribution from New Zealand librarians; two recorded panel sessions; targeted recommendations; the publication of its full proceedings; and the launch of Valerie Johnson's book Life after Fenwick: the rise, fall and future of library services for children in Australia published by Auslib Press.

The full proceedings of Learning futures indicates the range of innovation occurring in approaches to public library services for babies, children and young adults, and highlights the challenges in identifying and responding to their needs. They are a useful resource for everyone concerned to show just how public libraries can make a real and distinctive contribution to the lives and future of young people if properly funded to do so. Included in the proceedings--see inside back cover of this issue of Aplis for order details--are the 23 conference papers, transcriptions of the two panel sessions, and seven targeted recommendations.

1 All national political parties in Australia and New Zealand embed in their education, literacy and information policies the importance of good public and school libraries for babies, children and young people.

2 Australian political parties include in their education , literacy and information policies for the 2007 federal election, a commitment to investment in the Australian public library system.

3 The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) and state local government associations embed in relevant policy statements and strategies, advice to local government authorities on the capacity-building of their public library services in the educational, literacy and reading development of babies, children, young people and families in their communities. …

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