Posted by: bluesyemre | March 23, 2018

Australian Libraries – The Digital Economy Within Everyone’s Reach by ALIA


In order to be a leader in the global knowledge economy, Australia needs
skilled workers and a strong research sector. Government services delivered
online are faster and cheaper. More people online opens up new markets
and enables businesses to respond quickly with innovative new products
and services. Universal access helps to address equity issues for regional
and remote Australians.

In addition, digital transformation generates valuable data which can
support improved health outcomes, help target financial support to those
who need it most, and achieve other benefits for communities.
The advantages of a digitally enabled population are clear but if we are to
make the most of this new paradigm, Australians must have access to the
internet and the skills needed to create and locate accurate information.
They must feel confident and safe online, and they must have a reason to
be engaged with digital services.

Libraries see the need and the opportunity. We have extended our remit
beyond traditional literacy (reading and writing) into information and
digital literacies. We have introduced public access computers and other
digital devices into public libraries. We provide access to the internet for
everyone, and we are working hard to build people’s confidence, with
cybersafety education. We also give people positive reasons to become
more digitally connected.

While this report is essentially about public libraries and the digital
economy, it is also important to note the vital part that school libraries play
in leading children and young people on their journey of digital discovery.
State and Territory libraries play a vital role in preserving and promoting
Australia’s unique history. In universities, libraries have been the test bed for
digital innovation in support of students, academics and researchers, and
in industry, government, health and law, special libraries have embraced
digital resources to deliver decision-ready information straight to their
clients’ desks.

Australian Libraries – The Digital Economy Within Everyone’s Reach

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