Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

I am at the ALIA National Conference in Melbourne - which is always a great opportunity to learn and recharge the professional "batteries"  as well as catch up with old colleagues and make new connections.

I have been conscious for some time that the One Card project has been an all consuming passion at PLS & one of the risks of this is that we can sometimes be too narrowly focused and miss other things.  I discovered one of the "other things" that I have missed at the conference yesterday.  It is the truly amazing Indigenous Literacy Foundation.  I would really encourage everyone to take a look at their site.

And I wonder about how the SA public library sector could get behind the vital work that they're doing.  Yes - they are sponsored by the Australian publishers and booksellers, but they could certainly do more if they had more funds. They have got some really interesting activities such as the ILF great book swap which are both fun literacy and fundraising events.  And they do have a section about how libraries can join up and provide support.  Perhaps we can join in next year.  I'll be talking to the PLSA Executive about what we could do together to both support the Foundation & also how we may be able to collaborate with them on activities in SA.  I'll keep you posted.

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