The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) applauds the support many libraries have already shown for local authors, publishers and book suppliers through their ‘weed and seed’ approach and encourages others to use this time of library building closures not only to have their staff remove outdated titles but also to order new books.
While ebook borrowing has rocketed over the last four weeks, print books have remained on the shelves. With fewer staff required on the frontline service customers, this is the perfect opportunity to reassess collections and replace older items with new print books so when the library reopens there are new titles to entice patrons.
ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said, ‘Book sales are down, bookshops have closed, public programs through libraries have been postponed and authors are seeing their incomes plummeting. “Weed and seed” not only benefits Australian authors, booksellers and publishers, but also provides useful employment for library staff.’
ALIA has launched the webpages ‘Supporting Australian authors through COVID-19’ and ‘Online author events’, which features creators who are able to deliver their talks, workshops and other programs online for library users.
Libraries can also engage with their patrons and show their support for the book industry by participating with ALIA events including Library and Information Week 2020, National Simultaneous Storytime and Australia Reads, of which ALIA is a founder organiser.
About the Australian Library and Information Association
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