People are at the heart of any organisation. ALS is led by people who are passionate about the industry, easy to talk to and voracious readers! Talk to us about your requirements or just to bounce ideas about moving the industry forward. We welcome conversations at all levels and enjoy participating in events, conferences, personal visits and strategic meetings.
What We Do
ALS partners with you to deliver ~
- High quality, curated new title data (coverage of 6000+ new titles every month)
- Accessible, relevant and “punchy” collections (matching profiles to your unique demographic)
- And we’ll order any item still in print for you
- High-quality MARC records to populate your catalogue and OPAC
- End processing that preserves and protects
- Delivering new releases while they’re still new in the shops!
The services that ALS provides are supported and controlled by our Team Leaders. Each day they interact with our clients and suppliers to ensure that books and media are selected, ordered, received, furnished, catalogued and then packed up all over again to be delivered promptly to a Public Library somewhere in Australia. All our managers and team leaders have worked within the book or library industries and enjoy bringing their expertise, enthusiasm and new ideas to the table at regular client and project meetings. They thrive on creating workflows to provide for specific library requirements, whether that be a brand new library collection or growing and maintaining your existing stock so you can stay relevant to your community.
ALS values its partnerships with a variety of organisations, charities and government bodies.
TODAY – At our Head Office and Distribution Centre in the south of Adelaide, South Australia, we have around 30-40 team members working each day to bring the latest Australian and international publications to public libraries throughout the states and territories.
2020: Managing Director, Simon Woodley purchases ALS from Patricia Genat, bringing ALS back to its Woodley family roots. Simon looks forward to continuing the strong legacy of engagement in the library industry and customer service that both Len and Patricia have instilled in the business.
2011: We implemented our new IT system and web site. “ACQUIS” allows us to select,order and track titles more quickly and efficiently for client and internal profiles and specialist lists. Our website offers around 6,000 carefully chosen pre-publication titles each month for clients to select. Each title is appropriate to Australian public library profiles and comes complete with bibliographic data and a downloadable simple MARC record if needed.
2007: In November, Patricia Genat purchased ALS from Len Woodley. As the previous owner and manager , Len had steered the company through 30 years of change and growth in excellent service to public libraries around Australia. Patricia has many years experience in the book industry with management roles at various local and international publishers and distributors. Along with senior managers Simon Woodley and David Seekamp, Tricia and the ALS team look forward to continuing the proud history of ALS service to the Public Library industry.
1973: After gaining a slice of the municipal and country libraries budget in 1970, ALS was formed as the Library division of Standard Books. New staff were recruited and cutting edge systems developed for the specific requirements of public libraries in South Australia and then Western Australia. ALS was the first library supplier to collate and offer new title data through an electronic service to a state wide Public Library system.
1964: Standard Books begins to cater to academic and special libraries around Australia with their large range of educational and trade titles. Sales staff travel widely with current publisher catalogues to establish new customers and provide selection services.
1950: Standard Books is a part of the Adelaide city book scape and as a division of this generalist bookseller, ALS has enjoyed continuous Australian ownership since the 1950′s when they first began supplying the Commonwealth Research libraries with selected collections.