Speaker Bios

 

Tess Aitken, Alycia Bailey, Andreas Mertin & Ana Shah-Hosseani (UTS Library Engagement Gang)
Elizabeth Alvey, James McGoran, Katie Miles-Barnes (ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee)
Irma Birchall
Morgan Bothwick & Laura Caygill
Libby Cass, Heather Jenks, Jessica Coates and Lian Todd
Alex Cato
Sharee Cordes
Carmi Cronje & Fiona Jones
Kimberley Dye
Natalia Fibrich
Matt Finch
Deborah Fuller
Lisa M. Given & Helen Partridge
Will J Grant
Mary Anne Kennan and Bhuva Narayan
Michael Harris
Michelle Hughes & Janet McGuiness
Diane Ingram
Andrew Kelly
Jade Koekoe
Chris Chan, Chloe Lei, Kayo Chang & Joanna Hare
Edward Luca
Catherine Marais & Rani Thompson
Maeva Masterson
Mare Maticevski
Madelin Meddlycott & Michael Hawks
Amy McKenzie
Krista Meulengracht
Cameron Morley
John Morseu
Jennifer Nash & Laura Stroud
Anne Newton & Jo Croucher
Clare O’Hanlon & Eleanor Colla
Anne Reddacliff & Kate Masters
Sue Reynolds & Mary Carroll
Samantha Searle
Wayne Shephard & Stephanie Simon
Tim Sherratt
Pixie Stardust
Jacinta Sutton
Jennifer Thomas
Karina Tumon
Kathryn Unsworth & Natasha Simons
Angela Vilkins, Anna Landy, Cassie Pummell, & Amy Walduck
Karen Visser
Adele Walsh
Katrina Williams

 

 

Tess Aitken, Alycia Bailey, Andreas Mertin & Ana Shah-Hosseani (UTS Library Engagement Gang)

Grow Your Own Gang: Using the UTS Library Engagement Team as a Model for Your Library

Tess Aitken
Tess is new to the library world, but likes what she’s seen so far. She has seen every episode of Grey’s Anatomy, which comes in handy in her role as a health librarian. As part of the Engagement Gang, Tess has planned and led events, engaged with students, and told bad jokes.

Alycia Bailey
Alycia has spent the last 8 years in various engagement positions across the library sector. Today she comes to you from the University of Technology Sydney and is missing out on her 50th game as a roller derby official to be here. You’re welcome.

Andreas Mertin
Andreas was at some stage, if the reports are reliable, born. He currently resides in one state of existence or another, with accounts indicating he has a propensity for library loitering. One day, it has been foretold, he will cease to do so.

Ana Shah-Hosseani 

Ana is the newest addition to the UTS Library Engagement Gang. Ana hasn’t had much engagement and social media experience in her previous roles but she’s really enjoying the ride!

Elizabeth Alvey, James McGoran, & Katie Miles-Barnes (ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee)

#Auslibchat and social librarians: building and maintaining your online professional identity

Librarians James McGoran and Katie Miles-Barnes are speaking on behalf of NGAC. The New Generation Advisory Committee exists to help strengthen the participation of recently graduated library and information professionals in the Association. The Committee provides advice to the ALIA Board of Directors on issues of relevance to students and new professionals. The Committee works to provide information to the Board and ALIA House staff to inform development and delivery of services for new professional and student members, with the aim of ensuring the Association’s relevance to these groups. NGAC works closely with the National Students & New Graduates Group (SNGG): while NGAC has an advisory role within the Association. Often, the Committee and the SNGG work together to achieve the common objective of increasing new graduate participation in the Association and engagement with the profession.

Irma Birchall

What to expect in a modern Library Management System: a hands-on workshop using Koha

Irma Birchall has been a champion of libraries since her late teens when she set up and managed for 3 years, a community library in her district in Belgium. After graduating as a Commercial Translator and Interpreter, she worked for many years for multinational companies using her language abilities. When her children were all at school, she consolidated her love of libraries and technology by completing Library Sciences and Practice at Sydney Institute of Technology with high distinction. Irma worked in the Reader Services and Special Collections departments of Fisher Library at Sydney University and Douglas Piper Library, Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney for over 13 years. In 2003 she established CALYX information essentials, a  services consultancy with the vision of bringing the freedom of open-source software to the library sector.  Irma has worked with the Koha system since first installing Koha v 1.3 for a corporate library client with seven offices in Australia and New Zealand.  Irma attended the first Koha Developers’ Conference at Ecole de Mines, Paris, France in 2006 and continues to be closely linked with the Koha LMS community of developers and users. In 2012, she established the Koha-oz user group e-list to create a community of Koha users in Australia. Irma is a member of ALIA, ANZTLA and IA and regularly attends conferences and workshops in the GLAM and IT sectors.

Morgan Borthwick & Laura Caygill

Reading between the wines

About Laura: After a brief stint in journalism I landed in Auckland Libraries in 2010, and have been the manager at Parnell Library, a small community library branch, since 2013. I review books for Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon, and, with the help of a great team, run Reading between the Wines, Auckland Libraries’ bar-hopping book group. I love books, burgers, yoga, singing and good coffee, and think working in public libraries is one of the best jobs in the world. You can find me on Twitter: @LauraInTheLibes
About Morgan: I have always been and probably always will be a librarian. I stumbled into a shelving job at my local library when I was 16 years old and have never turned back. For the last year, I have been working in Auckland Libraries Service Development team as the inclusive service design adviser, a role dedicated to removing barriers to access that our customers face. I have recently been appointed to the role of community library manager at Pukekohe library and have helped Laura with Reading Between the Wines from the get-go. I love to read, cook, eat cheese and wouldn’t change my job for the world as libraries are not only my job and career but also my chief passion in life. You can find me on Twitter @mborthwickm or better yet, on Instagram as @lemonzestkitchen

Libby Cass with Heather Jenks, Jessica Coates & Lian Todd

eResource licensing and negotiation skills: workshop & panel discussion

Libby Cass is a librarian and library advocate with 18 years of experience working in Australia and overseas. Since 2014 she has been the Manager of NSLA eResources Consortium, working collaboratively with vendors to simplify and improve licensing arrangements and develop sustainable pricing models. From 2001 to 2010 Libby worked in the Pacific where she was active in library development, advocacy and the promotion of access to information. She was the Fiji Library Association President 2005-2007 and from 2007-2011, was an elected member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Asia and Oceania Section Committee (IFLA RSCAO). Libby is a member of the INELI Oceania Steering Committee and an active member of the ALIA Asia Pacific Interest Group.
@misslibbyc

Heather Jenks started at the Australian National Library (ANU) in mid-February 2013 in the Associate Director, Library Services role, moving to Canberra from Christchurch, New Zealand. She worked at the University of Canterbury in an Associate University Librarian role from October 2008 having moved south from Auckland where she worked at the Auckland University of Technology for 20 years, in a variety of roles including Associate University roles, she also undertook the CAUL dataset representative role for AUT. Heather was the CONZUL representative on an all of country collaboration for access to e-resources known as EPIC and served as the Chair of EPIC for a number of years until 2010 and to this day she remains passionate about e-resources, access issues, their purchase and optimising utilisation.

In her current role at the ANU Heather spends many hours reading through electronic datasets agreements, licences and contracts and meeting with vendors to discuss their products, what they are offering and always seeking the best price for the content that the ANU library users require.

Jessica Coates is a copyright and communications policy expert with 15 years of experience working in Australia and overseas. She is the Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Alliance, a copyright advocacy group for the education, cultural, disability and technology sectors, and the Copyright and Policy Adviser to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee. Previously, Jessica worked for a decade with the international non-profit Creative Commons, including as their Global Network Manager. She has had stints working as a copyright and broadcasting policy adviser for the Australian government and Australia’s commercial television broadcasters, as well as an academic, lecturer and educator. She has a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne and both a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (English Hons) from the Australian National University.
@Aus_Digital

Lian Todd joined SAGE Publications in 2011 and is currently Regional Sales Manager for ANZ & SEA. Lian has worked across the information sector, including time with OCLC as Sales and Marketing Manager ANZ and early career positions in academic libraries in Victoria.  Lian has a strong interest in IT, Libraries and Publishing and is currently a VALA Committee Member.

@LianTodd

Alex Cato

Confessions of a reformed dictator

Obsessed with information and communication, Alex found a home for that obsession in the corporate world, and more recently global law firms.

Currently Research Team Leader at Ashurst, Alex has been a law librarian for 5 years and prior to that an information consultant at a professional services firm. Alex is also active with the law library industry currently serving as National President of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association (ALLA) and editor of the Australian Law Librarian Journal. When not thinking about serious things, Alex likes collecting puns and dad jokes.

Sharee Cordes

Oral history projects, making it simple

Sharee Cordes is currently studying for the Master of Information Science at QUT and looking forward to moving in to a new phase of her life as a librarian in the near future. Sharee has an interest in building stronger communities through engagement with their local history. For the last few years she has been recording oral histories, co-ordinating community oral history projects, and researching, considering and experimenting with ways that we can make oral history projects a more practical undertaking in a time poor but digitally engaged society.

Carmi Cronje & Fiona Jones

Introduction to the Library Carpentry toolbox

Carmi Cronje is a Research Librarian at Macquarie University Library with previous experience in research data management. She is an advocate for open research practices and data science skills development. Carmi participated in the Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint and is a co-maintainer of Library Carpentry GitHub repositories. Twitter: @machinical
Fiona Jones is a Research Librarian at Macquarie University Library. She is a passionate instruction librarian who advocates for the integration of information literacy and research skills across the curriculum. Fiona is new to Library Carpentry and was introduced to it by Carmi. Twitter: @FionaJ_Lib

Kimberley Dye

Increasing digital preservation skills in libraries

Kimberley Dye completed the Graduate Diploma of Library Information Management at the University of South Australia in 2015 and has been working at the State Library of South Australia since 2007. She is currently on secondment in the Collection Development team as PANDORA Agency Administrator and Published Collection Development Librarian. After working on a project with archival disks to migrate data off obsolete carriers and applying basic digital forensics to broken file formats, Kimberley won an EOI to attend the Library of Congress train the trainer Digital Preservation Outreach Education course and attended the NSLA Digital Forensics Workshop in June 2016. She is currently on a project team working to develop a formal digital preservation policy for the State Library of South Australia.

Natalia Fibrich

21st century skills for 21st century GLAMS

Natalia Fibrich is General Manager of Library Training Services Australia, an organisation delivering qualifications for the Library and Information Services sector. Natalia is passionate about inspiring lifelong learning and fresh thinking, so that library workers have the skills and knowledge to create communities where each person matters, and each person understands that they have the power to build a better future. Natalia’s background is in the organisational psychology field, having completed a psychology degree at Macquarie University. Natalia is now based in Brisbane, where she works tirelessly to deliver 21st century education solutions to the Library and Information Services sector. Natalia is a cat-lover who spends her free time drinking wine, travelling, reading, learning and being a change agent!

Matt Finch

Battle for Library Island

Matt Finch (matthewfinch.me) writes and makes fun things for people to do in public places: festivals, special events, workshops, and games; everything from a season of burlesque in New Zealand’s biggest city to live zombie battles in rural Australia. He also works as a consultant for publishers and media productions.

Matt is Project Manager (Community Engagement), Office for the Advanced of Learning and Engagement, University of Southern Queensland and Creative/Researcher at British Library Labs.

You can read Matt’s weekly newsletter at tinyletter.com/marvellouselectrical

Deborah Fuller

Prisoners have a right to information

I am currently in my second year studying for a MIS (LIP) at QUT and am doing a coupled project examining how closely prison libraries in Queensland align with the 2015 ALIA Minimum Standard Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners. I also work part-time as a librarian at Healthy Options Australia, which is a not for profit organisation supporting people and their families who have substance abuse problems or mental illness. I have previously worked in prisons as a nurse, which was what sparked my interest in this area.

Lisa M. Given & Helen Partridge

Shaping the Australian library and information profession’s research agenda: new librarians’ perspectives

Lisa M Given, Ph.D., is Professor of Information Studies, Faculty of Arts and Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Lisa is a member of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education and has served on the College of the Australian Research Council. Lisa is an Adjunct Professor in Humanities Computing and in Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. A former Director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Lisa has received numerous grants and awards. Her research interests include individuals’ information behaviors, web usability, social media use, health informatics, information literacy and qualitative inquiry. She is author of 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research (Sage 2016) and Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior (Emerald 2016, co-author Donald O. Case). For more information see Lisa’s website at http://lisagiven.com


Helen Partridge
is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Scholarly Information and Learning Services) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Information Systems School. From 2007 to 2013 Helen coordinated QUT’s library and information studies education program. From 2009 to 2011 she worked with 11 Australian educational institutions on a project that established a framework for the education of the information professions in Australia for the twenty-first century. Helen has twice been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association, and was appointed a Fellow of the Association in 2012. Helens’ research interests explore the interplay between information, learning and technology. Helen has been a visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (2011) and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University (2014). Follow Helen on Twitter @partridh

Will Grant

Why Libraries Are Awesome And How You’re Going To Tell Everyone This (A Quick And Dirty Guide To Advocating For Knowledge)

Dr Will J Grant is Lecturer, Researcher and Graduate Studies Convener at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

Will’s research and writing has focused on the intersection of society, politics and science, and how the relationships between these are changing with new technologies.

Dr Mary Anne Kennan and Dr Bhuva Narayan

Reviewing and writing papers for publication

Dr Mary Anne Kennan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Her previous experience includes 25 years working in libraries and the information world, including serving as Director of the Frank Lowy Library at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Her research interests focus broadly on scholarly communication, citizen science and increasingly on the practices of information sharing and collaboration.

Dr Bhuva Narayan is an academic in the School of Communication and coordinates the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Program, including the Master of Digital Information Management. Her research encompasses Library and Information Sciences, Social Informatics, ICT, and Human Learning. She has extensive programme management, curriculum development and teaching experience across information studies, ICT, and social sciences.

Michael Harris

Free software, open standards and you

I completed my first degree (BA) with an exchange in Sweden, and then spent the next few years around the world. I completed my second degree (MInfoMgnt) via distance education while living in Cameroon, and now work at the State Library of WA as a reference librarian. I’ve been running some distribution of Linux or another for more than 15 years, and used OpenOffice/LibreOffice through two degrees without issue.

Michelle Hughes & Janet McGuinness

Public libraries: A state library’s role among a network of local government services 

Michelle Hughes: Michelle’s first degree was in journalism but the lure of a good book quickly drew her into a Masters in Library and Information Science and she hasn’t looked back. Her library career has taken her from the Gold Coast to the UK, Switzerland, and Germany, then back to Brisbane. Michelle has been at the State Library of Queensland for the past 4 years, where she has developed training programs and online learning for Queensland library professionals, and is currently Co-ordinator of Public Library Services.
Janet McGuinness: Janet is a Program Support Officer at State Library of Queensland (SLQ). She works in the Regional Partnerships team who support public libraries with funding, ideas and training. Janet began working at SLQ in March this year, and has been working in libraries in different roles for almost four years. She is a Library Technician and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Information Studies through Charles Sturt University. Janet also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from Dublin School of Creative Arts (DIT) and has experience working as a graphic designer and artist.

Diane Ingram

In it to win it: The very hungry new grad

My name is Diane Ingram and I am the Librarian for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University, a growing and forward thinking University in Western Australia. It is also the University that I graduated from in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts (Education Services). I then studied at Curtin University, part-time while working as a Library Services Officer with City of Joondalup Libraries, graduating in 2015 with a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies. Prior to immigrating to Perth, Western Australia in late 2007, I spent 18 years living and working in the Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey), which is part of the UK, for a well-known Scottish Bank, latterly as a Senior Risk Manager within the Offshore Corporate Division. I joined this Bank just after leaving school and completed my associate banking degree through the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland), finishing up as a Chartered Banker. I have a thirst for knowledge and a wide range of interests, particularly in travelling, walking and reading. I also enjoy getting to know people and building networks of colleagues, something I have enjoyed doing in my new role as a Subject Librarian.

Andrew Kelly

I’m going to build my own symposium, with learning and dialogue! An experimental conference model

Andrew Kelly is a library professional from Perth who has worked in both public and special libraries. He has spent the last few years earning a name for himself in the world of library makerspaces and 3D printing. You can find his alter-ego tweeting constantly under @edwardshaddow and blogging occasionally at https://shaddowland.net

Jade Koekoe

DIY marketing for libraries

Jade is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management) which she will complete in 2017. She has had a previous career as a Graphic Designer, but now works in the Australian Parliamentary Library. Jade’s personal and professional interests are in data visualisation, digitisation, creating and interpreting digital collections, ancient languages, archaeology and professional writing. You can find Jade online through LinkedIn, her blog, design portfolio, shop, Twitter and her work with Ancient History Encyclopedia and the ALIA Student and New graduate Group.

Chris Chan, Chloe Lei, Kayo Chang & Joanna Hare

Hong Kong Libraries Connect: The DIY library network

Chloe moved from Canada to Hong Kong to start her shiny new journey as an Information Services Librarian at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013. Her professional interests include library marketing, information literacy, and emerging technology.
Chris has spent pretty much his entire career in libraries, first as a school librarian and later as an Information Services Librarian at Hong Kong Baptist University Library. He is endlessly fascinated by emerging technologies and is constantly on the lookout for ways to incorporate them into library services.
Joanna received her MA Info Mgmt from RMIT in 2012. After two and a half years of working on the Gold Coast, she made the leap to live and work overseas, and is currently the Subject Librarian for five different faculties at the City University of Hong Kong Library.
Kayo is the head librarian at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong. Since receiving her MLIS from the University of Alberta in 2008, she has worked internationally, including time in Dubai, Bahrain, and now Hong Kong

Edward Luca

From library marketing to library user experience: my DIY Journey

Edward Luca is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Sydney. Previously, Edward was Communication Officer at UTS Library, where he marketed library resources and services, as well as oversaw the library brand and visual identity. He is passionate about library user experience, and believes that every librarian has the power to lead positive changes by carefully considering the needs of their users.

Catherine Marais & Rani Thompson

“Hello, my name is Intern”: upskilling employees at the University of Adelaide libraries

Catherine Marais (@readliftrun) is currently the Service Enquiries Supervisor in the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide. She studied a Bachelor of Arts at Flinders University, followed by an Honours Degree in History, which she completed in 2008. In 2011 she completed a Master of Library and Information Management from the University of South Australia. She has worked within University Libraries for 5 and a half years, in roles at Waite and Roseworthy as well as at the Barr Smith. In her free time she likes to read, go running, and hang with her three cats.
Rani Thompson (@queenranibo) is currently a Library Services Assistant in the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide. She has worked in University Libraries for 7 years. She is presently studying a Bachelor of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University and has qualified as a Library Technician by completing a Diploma of Library/Information Services through TAFESA in 2011. In her free time she enjoys reading, and watching sports and British TV shows.

Maeva Masterson

Library Leadership: A DIY Career

Maeva Masterson is the Manager Library Sector Services, Northern Territory Library. Maeva originally began her working life in defence before a change  of career brought her to public libraries.  In the past 15 years, Maeva has worked in both public and corporate libraries in remote locations and internationally. Maeva has a particular interest in leadership and developing library staff through reflection and planning with purpose.

Mare Maticevski

DIY video using smartphones; Final showcase

Mare Maticevski graduated with a Masters in Information Studies in 2014. She has a Community Arts and teaching background in Media and Performing Arts. She currently works as a Multicultural and Diversity Librarian and is the Co-Convenor of the Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN) Multicultural Services and Programs Special Interest Group. She is passionate about creativity and the power of expressing stories and creates at every opportunity possible. Some of her passions include puppetry, filmmaking, photography, printmaking and writing.

Madelin Meddlycott & Michael Hawks

Librarians and Dragons: a workshop on transferable skills

Maddy Meddlycott: After doing my undergraduate degree in science I worked in insurance. After a few years, I decided to do my masters in information and library studies. Since then I have lived in London, working at Madame Tussauds and the London Dungeon, and travelled the world. Now, back in Brisbane, I am working at QUT Library and Crown Law Library and enjoying life with my husband and cat.
Michael Hawks: After completing an Honours degree in English and Communications, and then realising employers weren’t clamoring to hire someone with extensive knowledge of the reality tv show Survivor, becoming a librarian seemed a natural fit. Originally from WA, moved to Brisbane to take on the QULOC Graduate Librarian program in 2014 before continuing at QUT as a Law librarian. I am always looking for the opportunity to turn a wide variety of interests into work related tasks (though this is mostly to justify spending all day googling picture of dogs in hats).

Amy McKenzie

From selling insurance to buying rare books for the State Library of New South Wales

Amy McKenzie is a Collection Liaison Librarian at the State Library of New South Wales. In this role on any given day she could be sorting through glass lantern slides, deciphering 19th century handwriting, listening to oral histories, or searching for monsters in 16th century books. She has a passion for rare books and has been lucky enough to work with the collections of both the State Library of New South Wales and the State Library of Victoria. When she’s not at work you’ll probably find her on the dance floor.

Krista Meulengracht

Project management fun and games!

Krista Meulengracht is currently a reference librarian at the NSW Parliamentary Library. Prior to this position, she had careers in the corporate, IT and small business worlds, and she appreciates being able to apply her experience and transferable skills (such as project management) from all these sectors to her current role. She is interested in evidence-based practice and in bringing more project management methodology into the library world. Krista would like to see more LIS professionals entering government positions, believing the unique skill-sets and diversity of graduates make us ideal candidates to contribute in all areas of information and knowledge management as well as policy development and implementation.

Cameron Morley

Chasing the horizon: 25 years of anticipating library change

Cameron Morley is the Manager of Public Library Services at the State Library of NSW. Over his 25 year career as a librarian Cameron has worked in a variety of library settings in a range of roles, including client services, project management, funding and policy development. Cameron has worked extensively with public libraries and local councils all over NSW and has a keen understanding of needs, trends and service developments.
Cameron has convened the NSW Public Library Research program for over 10 years. The program has produced a wide range of reports and publications over this time including: Living Learning Libraries: standards and guidelines for NSW public libraries; Mobile Libraries and Outreach Service Models in NSW public libraries; and The Bookends Scenarios projects.

John Morseu 

Indigenous Collection Material from within the National Library of Australia

John Morseu Coming soon!

Jennifer Nash & Laura Stroud

Who do you think you are? Being genuine in the workplace

Jennifer Nash (@JenniferNash22) is an English lit major and creative writing book nerd who accidentally fell into academic librarianship 8 years ago and refused to leave. She focuses on customer service, communication, and listening to stories about why you returned your library items late.
Laura Stroud (@StaplerExpert) has been in customer service for 13 years and working in libraries for 5 years. When she isn’t attempting to fix a broken stapler she is reading about US politics and attempting to do yoga. 
The non-traditional librarians and blogging wonder-duo got their start when Laura made a celebrity guest-post on Jennifer’s personal blog, entitled ‘How To Take The Ultimate Selfie’.

Anne Newton & Jo Croucher

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (turn and face the strange sector)

Anne Newton is a newly-minted law Librarian at the ANU. Her previous position at ALIA focused on professional development, and she has worked in various liaison positions at a number of Australian universities as well as working in public libraries. Anne is enthusiastic about her job and her sector and would like to spread that enthusiasm to new graduates.
Jo Croucher has a background in academic libraries but has recently moved into a government library role. In the past at UNSW Library, she contributed to eResearch, repository and research data management projects. Her new role is with the Department of Defence as the Librarian Electronic Collections. Jo is keen to share her experiences and passion for libraries.

Clare O’Hanlon & Eleanor Colla

From chaos to calm through storytelling and community building in GLAM and beyond: A journey and conversation about Knowledge Management

Eleanor and Clare graduated from the Masters of Information Management (RMIT) in 2015.

Eleanor was the 2016 QULOC Graduate Librarian which allowed her to work in various library departments across the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the Southern University of Queensland. She now works for UQ’s research outputs and impacts team. Her library interests are in data visualisation, alt/metrics, research, and archiving. Eleanor has volunteered at GLAM-organisations as well as various other community-based committees and enjoys cats, cardigans, and cycling.

Clare is a senior learning advisor in the college of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce at La Trobe University. She is very passionate about building community connectedness, capacity and creativity, and fostering wellbeing and a lifelong love of learning by facilitating access to information, digital technology, archives and stories and creating a more a more open, caring and equal society. She spends most of her time outside libraries doing this in some way, particularly through politics, local council committees, and community organisations, but she also enjoys spending time with cats and books (surprise!

Anne Reddacliff & Kate Masters 

Guerilla #Research: How to DIY research

Anne Reddacliff is a librarian at the State Library of New South Wales and a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales. She is doing qualitative research in medical sociology and interviewing people with bipolar disorder about happiness. Her journal article on DIY research conducted at libraries in Russia and the Baltic States is currently under consideration for publication in JALIA next year.

Kate Masters works in the Academic Services Division of the University of Sydney Library and has an honours degree in history from the University of Wollongong. She manages a team of Academic Liaison Librarians who provide research and education support to client groups from a range of disciplines. Kate co-presented a paper at ALIA Information Online 2015 Conference on how the University of Sydney Library used Design Thinking to evaluate client way finding in library spaces.

Sue Reynolds & Mary Carroll

‘Origin of the species’, or how an LIS profession is built

Sue Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer in information management in the School of Business IT & Logistics at RMIT University. Sue started her LIS career as a secondary teacher-librarian before teaching in the masters program at San Jose State University in California, while also working in a bookshop. She has also worked as an editor for the Victorian Education Department Library Branch and as an LIS educator in the TAFE sector. Sue has published a book on the history of the Library of the Supreme Court of Victoria and her research interests include library history, school libraries, LIS education and the impact of libraries on communities.
Mary Carroll (Senior Lecturer) is the Courses Director in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Prior to employment at CSU she was an Early Career Development Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, worked for many years in LIS Vocational Education and in academic libraries and started her career as a Teacher-Librarian in secondary schools in Victoria. She has published in the area of history of librarianship, vocational education and library education and LIS pedagogy. Mary’s research draws on a multi-disciplinary background and is focused on the intersection of libraries, books and learning in both the contemporary and historical contexts.

Samantha Searle

“But I don’t want to code”: three emerging IT skills for librarians (other than coding) and how to start developing them

Sam Searle (@datalibsam) is the Manager, Library Technology Services in the Information Management portfolio at Griffith University. She worked previously at Monash University Library, the Office of the Information Commissioner (Qld), Victoria University of Wellington, and the National Library of New Zealand. Before becoming a librarian, Sam worked for ten years in contract roles as a researcher, tutor and administrator. Her passion for libraries and archives was sparked when she provided admin support to several archives projects in Scotland; this prompted a return to study as a mature age student and she graduated with an MLIS in 2002. She recently completed an ITIL® Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management. 

Wayne Shephard & Stephanie Simon

Transforming the library’s fixed service point to proactive virtual services

Wayne Shephard is scheduled to finish his final year of the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management. He commenced as a Metadata Librarian in the UniSA Library Systems and Metadata Services team in 2016. The work within this team involves original cataloguing and resource project management. Prior to this he has enjoyed other roles in Academic Library Services and Library Acquisitions and still maintains a regular position working on the virtual enquiry services.
Stephanie Simon is currently working as a Metadata Librarian in the Repository Services Team at the University of South Australia. In this role she is part of a team whose main focus is processing and managing records for all research outputs produced by UniSA staff and students. Stephanie completed her Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management in 2014 and then worked as a Reference Librarian and a Copyright Support Librarian prior to commencing in her current position. This position also involves working regularly on the Library’s virtual enquiry services.

Tim Sherratt

Random acts of meaning: digital skills for a post-truth world

I’m a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections. You can follow what I’m up to on my blog and through my open research notebook.

I’m currently Associate Professor of Digital Heritage at the University of Canberra. Come and study with me, or make use of my digital heritage handbook.

Pixie Stardust (and guests)

Styled for success: a panel discussion on fashion, individuality, and dressing professionally for the library and information sector

Pixie Stardust is the Metadata and Special Collections Librarian at Flinders University. She was previously the Senior Archivist in the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library at the University of South Australia. Pixie is a member of the ALIA SA committee, the SALIN committee and the ASA SA committee. She was on the organising committee for the ALIA 2016 National Conference. Beyond the library world she is the Secretary of the Adelaide branch of the Country Women’s Association and likes to cook, craft, drink gin, read & look fabulous.

Jacinta Sutton

Building volunteer networks that rock

Jacinta is passionate about people engaging with heritage collections and libraries building social capital.

She is a Project Officer at State Library of Queensland in Brisbane and works in Discovery Services, experimenting with new ways to interpret and share SLQ’s digitised content on existing and emerging platforms, primarily working with content within the Q ANZAC 100 initiative. Jacinta is currently a QUT Masters (LIS) student with a Bachelor of Arts in Australian history and has previously presented at Australian Library History Forum 2016, Heritage Leaders Workshop, Young Historians’ Workshop, and volunteered everywhere. Jacinta loves people, hip hop, GLAM, travel and plays a mean game of speed scrabble. Follow Jacinta on Twitter @jjsttn

Jennifer Thomas

“Oh the places you’ll go”: Get out there and make an international librarian exchange happen

Jennifer Thomas is a Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Health at QUT, however at the time of the exchange she was a Liaison Librarian with the Creative Industries Faculty, looking after the School of Design. She has been a Liaison Librarian at QUT for almost ten years and in that time she has been fortunate to have been supported in secondments to QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) as the IHBI Information Manager, and to the State Library of Queensland as the Asia Pacific Design Library Collection Development Coordinator. Jennifer has also taken on higher managerial duties at certain times. She is a restless soul and like to seek out new and interesting things to do, hence the year-long international exchange. Her interests include blended learning and big data (and the TV show Survivor!).

Karina Tumon

Library ninja coders

Karina Tumon is an on and off practicing librarian. She has a background in client services, information technologies and project management. She has worked in various library sectors, non-profit organisations and academia. She is currently an operation coordinator at LINC Tasmania. In her spare time, she likes to dabble in artistic and design projects, marketing and bushwalking.

Kathryn Unsworth & Natasha Simons

New librarians in academia: your data mystery adventure starts here

Kathryn Unsworth is a Data Librarian with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) based in Melbourne at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. Kathryn engages with a number of Australian universities, providing research data management related advice, support and training. Additionally, Kathryn works in partnership with institutions to deliver ANDS-funded projects. She has many RDM related interests including, DMP implementations and their value in changing researcher behaviours and practices, IP and licensing issues for data, ethics and informed consent, and upskilling data librarians to transition into data science roles.
Natasha Simons is a Senior Research Data Management Specialist with the Australian National Data Service, an organisation set up by the Australian Government to enhance the value of data for researchers, research institutions, and the nation. Located at Griffith University in Brisbane, Natasha organises and presents at workshops and events on topics related to research data management across Australia. Natasha was previously the Senior Project Manager for the Griffith Research Hub, which is built on innovative semantic web technologies and won awards from Stanford University and VALA. She is an advocate for open data and open repositories, serves on the Council of Australian University Librarians Research Advisory Committee and is an ORCID Ambassador. Natasha is an author and reviewer of papers related to library and information management and co-authored a 2013 book on digital repositories.

Angela Vilkins, Anna Landy, Cassie Pummell, & Amy Walduck

Getting down and dirty: Modern realities of special libraries (a masterclass)

Angela Vilkins has managed government special libraries for over 10 years and has extensive experience in research and reference in special and academic library environments and in the area of teaching and learning. During her library career Angela has designed and delivered cutting edge research and information skills workshops for both library staff, clients and library students and operated her own consultancy company.
Anna Landy has extensive professional knowledge and experience within the field of subscription management from both a library and subscription agent perspective. She understands the value of vendor relationship management for client service and how to negotiate the very best deal for you and your library members.
Cassie Pummell has been working in Government Libraries for 18 years, starting as a Library Assistant, then as a Serials Library Technician, and now has reached the dizzying heights of Collection Librarian. In her current role, she develops GRAIL’s eBook collection using two eBook platforms, performs original RDA cataloguing and selects Queensland Government publications for archiving in State Library of Queensland’s collection.
Amy Walduck is a new grad librarian who serendipitously found herself working in a government special library and is loving every minute of the fast-paced, client- focused research environment. Previous experience includes public and academic libraries and 10 years as an educator. 

Karen Visser

Getting all technical with research data support

Karen Visser is Program Leader for Skills, Policy and Resources at the Australian National Data Service. She was previously a teacher-librarian for several High Schools and Colleges in the ACT, managed the online learning management system at ANU and was also an Information Literacy Librarian at the ANU.


Adele Walsh

Visibility: how to shine a light on what you do!

Adele Walsh is the Program Coordinator for the Centre for Youth Literature, providing online content as well as programming events to promote literature for, and to, young adults. Walsh has extensive experience as a passionate youth literature advocate, sitting on the Melbourne Writers Festival schools advisory and the LoveOzYA committee. In 2016, she travelled to the US as a Melbourne City of Literature travel grant recipient to observe public youth literature programming. She is also the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast on women and writing.

Katrina Williams

How to deal with change like a boss

During my thirteen years’ experience as an information professional, I have specialised in adult information literacy education and research in the higher education sector (University of Ballarat, Victoria University, University of Melbourne) children’s librarianship, community program development, events management and, most recently, a library staff professional development, community information literacy and services linking (City of Charles Sturt, Adelaide). I have published articles in the Australian Library Journal, presented at conferences in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and have been a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and the Best Oral Presenter at the University of Ballarat Research Conference.