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Why reading, not writing?

Reading focuses the attention on the consumer; writing focuses the attention on the producer. Most of us are able to improve our reading skills, not all of us have the creative gift for writing.

What will happen during the year?

While much of the activity will happen at a local level, we will have a few high profile national campaigns including:

  • Library membership campaign
  • One Book One Country
  • Love2Read magazine
  • Reading quest for young people
  • Workplace literacy

We’ll be putting these together over the next 6-12 months, with news appearing regularly on this website.

Who owns the National Year of Reading?

Everyone and no-one: the founding partners have had the vision to say that this should be a true collaboration between people who are passionate about reading and the benefits it can bring to all Australians.

The Library Agency has been commissioned by libraries to scope the project, initiate the design and identity, create an online presence, establish a community and develop the partnership framework.

The campaign launch has been funded by state and public libraries and library associations across Australia, specifically:

  • Australian Library and Information Association
  • ACT Library Service
  • Northern Territory Library
  • Public Libraries Australia
  • Public Libraries New South Wales (Country)
  • Public Libraries New South Wales (Metropolitan)
  • Public Libraries South Australia
  • Public Libraries Victoria Network
  • Public Libraries Western Australia
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • State Library of Queensland
  • State Library of South Australia
  • State Library of Tasmania
  • State Library of Victoria
  • State Library of Western Australia

Where will the funding for 2011 and 2012 come from?

Our fundraising drive takes place in two phases, from July 2010 to December 2010 and from January 2011 to June 2011. Our aim is to gain sufficient funding for the management of the National Year of Reading in the first round, and a greater sum in the second round to pay for the collateral and expenses incurred in running the campaign itself.

What is The Library Agency?

The Library Agency comprises Sue McKerracher and Donna McDowell.

Sue trained as a journalist; ran her own PR agency in London, and after a career spent promoting Knorr soup, Hellmann’s mayonnaise and Twinings tea, latterly worked with the British Library and Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in England. Based in Victoria since 2009, she has worked on marketing and communications projects with State Libraries, public libraries and the Australian Library and Information Association. Her personal goal for the National Year of Reading is to bring in a biscuit sponsor.

Donna spent 30 years in the health sector, originally as a nurse, latterly in administration. She expertly handles the project management for the National Year of Reading and is equally fantastic with paper cuts.

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