APLIC provides the perfect opportunity to bring together library and information professionals from across Australia and the Region to compare strategies for incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their work in communities, in schools, in academia, with government and with other stakeholders.
Major themes for the one-day pre-conference summit will be:
Ensuring public access to information
Preserving and providing access to cultural heritage
Promoting universal literacy
Summit attendees will depart with a clear understanding of how the SDGs can be embedded in their own sector, be it public, school, academic or special libraries. They will gain a national and international library perspective on the SDGs; be better informed about ways of progressing this agenda, and be equipped with the information they need to spread their message in their own communities and through professional networks.
The event has been made possible through funding from the IFLA International Advocacy Programme, which enables us to offer two grant streams for attendees.
For those representing regional libraries, for example in the Northern Territory, outback New South Wales, the Red Centre or Far North Queensland, we are able to offer five grants of up to AUD$1000.
We are able to offer a further grant pool of AUD$5000 to support attendees from emerging nations in our Region, for example, from Melanesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia or East Timor.
This initiative is part of a program of activities planned by ALIA to support the take up and delivery of the SDGs in Australia and the Region.