Category Archives: Equality

Wangilatha Wangu nga Kiyawatha (Singing Songs and Telling Stories) (2017)

Wangilatha Wangu nga Kiyawatha (Singing Songs and Telling Stories) is based on a book of songs and stories written and illustrated by Brendan Kennedy in Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi languages of North Western Victoria around Robinvale, and published by the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages in 2014.

2019 Yr


Libraries making life better

When US based news site Buzzfeed asked readers how their local library inspired change in their lives, they collated an inspiring collection of anecdotes from readers near and far.
From the dyslexic student who was supported to read regularly, the people who found a safe space to escape to, or the therapy dog who visited children each Thursday, it’s gratifying proof of the important role libraries play in society.  Read these here.

Speculative Short Stories

You may recall I posted about a short story collection for use in the classroom a while back. Well I might have hit the jackpot, this post celebrates the best Speculative/Science Fiction/Fantasty short stories that were released by TOR in 2018. Enjoy!

Libraries Welcome Everyone

The Arts Council of England are very serious about diversity and inclusion. They produced a report you should read, it’s available here. Six case studies are included and you can see how practices can be changed to make your space as welcoming as possible.

Improving Literacy one step at a time

The Sydney Morning Herald published a story about a Nun publishing a book in the local  languages of the are including Murrinhpatha, which is the most common language in Wadeye, but they have some in other languages – Magati Ke, Marri Ngarr, Marri Amu, Ngen’giwumirri and, in the pipeline, Marri Tjevin. Read about this inspiring true life adventure here.

2019 Yr

How Global Libraries impacted the world

After 21 years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Programme has closed its doors. IFLA, on behalf of the entire global library field, would like to give thanks not only for its contributions to date, but for the immense impact it will continue to have into the future.

We believe that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s 1997 decision to establish a dedicated programme for libraries will be seen by future historians of our field as a major moment.

At a time of political, economic and technological change, it represented a clear statement of the enduring place of libraries in society. It affirmed their role as accelerators of progress, community anchors and guarantors of equity, and challenged other stakeholders to do the same.

After implementation across the United States, the Global Libraries programme took this message around the world, with immense success. They have given librarians the tools and inspiration they needed to realise their potential. They have shown the difference that effective libraries with engaging services can make to their communities.

Thanks to its visionary leadership and dedicated staff, Global Libraries has done so much to deliver on its mission to improve lives and strengthen libraries. IFLA acknowledges Deborah Jacobs as the driving force, not only of the Global Libraries team, but for change across the library field. IFLA itself was a beneficiary of funding that allowed it to develop the Building Strong Library Associations programme and pursue advocacy at the highest levels.

Now, we are at another major moment. With the closure of the Global Libraries programme, we say goodbye to one of the greatest allies our sector has ever known. IFLA President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said, “While the closing of the Programme marks the end of an amazing phase in the development of libraries, I am confident that its missions, vision and energy will live on, and make a lasting difference to our institutions and the people they serve.”

With the energy and example they have provided, and the most generous grant in IFLA’s history, IFLA has never been in a better position to work towards a globally strong and united library field.

IFLA will seek to transform the global library field, with a transformed IFLA at its heart. Our federation is better able to listen to the voices of our members around the world, and join together in advocating for library services that improve lives.

IFLA is already enabling a qualitative change in the way the library field collects data and measures its impact through the Library Map of the World. With our International Advocacy Programme, we have placed libraries at the heart of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda.

With IFLA’s Global Vision, we are firmly on the way to a truly united global library field. Across the global culture, science and education sector, there has never been such an ambitious and inclusive initiative.

These successes have only been possible due to our outstanding partnership with Global Libraries, and to the inspiration Deborah Jacobs and her team have provided. The legacy of their work has given IFLA and its legacy partners an unparalleled opportunity and an unparalleled responsibility.

IFLA believes that, together, we are up to the task, and we can help stronger libraries build better lives the world over.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General


Empowering Language Communities

It’s the UN Year of Indigenous Languages, I’ve posted a few times about it already. But the Mobile Language Team is out there in South Australia empowering 44 communities preserve and save their languages. How great is this? 2019 Yr

Children's Books Reviewed

Team Ahsoka

A Star Wars Fansite Celebrating Ahsoka Tano and Her Fanbase

the second hand city

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Lee & Low Blog

Exploring Children's Books Through the Lens of Diversity

jude-marie green

future tense


Bringing Aboriginal perspectives into English education

Whispering Gums

Books, reading and anything else that comes to mind...with an Australian focus


Life after working

Planet Simon

Creating worlds in word and art and exploring the universe in which we exist.

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Playfully Grownup Home

Because Fun Keeps You Young!

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from the newstead community garden


Thoughts on international relations, environment, society and self with Benjamin Habib, PhD

My Book Corner

A treasure trove of beautiful children’s literature for you to discover.


The Independent Woman and the myth of the Australian bushman

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

For lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction; Ambassador for Australian literature

The YA Room


A Cosy Reading Blog

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This is a writer's blog for authors, business people, creative people, freelancers, journalists, publishers, and poets. They will learn the ins and outs of writing for publication. Both beginning and experienced writers will profit from it.


Crazy quilts are unique and innovative quilts created from scraps of materials. My hope is for a world that uses all the scraps, rough cut diamonds and hidden treasures. I blog to make IPOC authors and their works more accessible.


Humanising! Indigenising! Decolonising! Thriving

T is for Training

10 Years of Sharing Knowledge One Call At A Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

This is Lit

Book Blog

Kylie in the library

Musings of an emerging information professional

Sarah Cawkwell's Blog

"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." -- Tom Clancy

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

Life in the Information World

Mother Jones

Smart, fearless journalism

Librarian Lisa

school library consultant


nurturing the compassionate maker, the reluctant reader, and embracing #librarylife

Australian Aboriginal Languages Student Blog

A place to share anything at all that's interesting and related to the languages of Australia. WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names, voices and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. We strongly urge readers to exercise caution when viewing the blog so as to avoid distress.

I am Jessica

A student's attempt at environmentalism.


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Fitness Community

L-B the Librarian

Use your library

Imogen Crest

Creative Artist - Time Travelling Nature Hermit - Soul Food Cafe