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LocLib and WA New Grads post-conference drinks

LocLib and WA New Grads invite you to meet and chat with some of the LocLib conference guest speakers and attendees for post-conference drinks at the Metro Bar & Bistro (cnr Mill St & Mounts Bay Rd, Perth).

New, experienced, or soon-to-be Librarians and Technicians are all invited.
Some of our special guests include Beth Jefferson (BiblioCommons, Canada) and Christine Mackenzie (CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library) who would love to meet up with librarians from WA.

This is a great opportunity to meet some amazing shakers and movers in the library world.

To ensure that we have enough chairs reserved, please let me know if you would like to attend.

Time:   5.45pm-7.30pm
When:   Friday, 6 March
Where:  Metro Bar & Bistro
        33 Mounts Bay Rd Perth WA (cnr Mill St & Mounts Bay Rd)

Please RSVP by Wednesday 4 March to


Concurrent session 2 – Digitising Local History Collections – practical responses to technical problems

TITLE: Digitising Local History Collections – practical responses to technical problems

ABSTRACT: Brent Acie will present a 20 minute session about the processes & practices of digitising “at risk” and irreplaceable materials in order to preserve unique heritage collections. Drawing on his own experiences, he will discuss some of the challenges and possible solutions in digitising assets. Brent will later be joined by Lorraine Pearce and George Panagiotidis to answer questions from the floor about workflows for digitising pictorial, video and audio records onto a digital environment. This is a must see session for those grappling with the technical complexities of digitisation. The three panellists will use their varied experiences and backgrounds in digitisation to discuss some of the technical issues in a practical manner.

SPEAKER: Brent Acie

 Complimentary content from Brent Acie (PDF 851KB)

Concurrent session 6 – Enriching Communities: the value of public libraries in NSW

TITLE: Enriching Communities: the value of public libraries in NSW

ABSTRACT: In November 2008 the State Library of NSW released the report “Enriching Communities: the value of public libraries in NSW”. The report, based on a research project involving analysis of library data and a series of surveys,  provides clear evidence of the contribution and value that NSW public libraries make to their communities in terms of economic, environmental, social and cultural impact.

The report highlights the role of public libraries in promoting equity of access across a diverse range of groups in the community, identifies the outcomes from public library use and why the community values public libraries. A major finding of the report is that public libraries have positive economic benefits for individuals and the community as a whole.

The research also provides an up to date profile of NSW public library users and a tool for local councils to measure the ongoing contribution and value of library services to promote better planning and management.

SPEAKER: Cameron Morely

Keynote address 1 – Using the Collections to build Connections – Putting the Public Library at the centre of online community (just as it is offline)

TITLE: Using the Collections to build Connections – Putting the Public Library at the centre of online community (just as it is offline)

ABSTRACT: Our patrons are increasingly turning to the web for rich, interactive, community-based experiences that are often centred on the information and cultural products which are at the heart of our collections: books, current events, movies, and music. Many of our patrons spend a large portion of their leisure time interacting with each other online: rating, reviewing, discussing, tagging, and exploring new possibilities for reading, listening, and viewing. For many, it is the equivalent of what hanging out in a library and browsing the shelves and return carts once was. How can we combine libraries’ traditional strengths with emerging social software trends to advance the interests and mission of libraries in a wired world? Beth will explore the possibilities for putting Public Libraries at the centre of community online, just as they are offline.

SPEAKER: Beth Jefferson

Concurrent session 9 – Rationalising increased investment in online services in an era of financial constraints

TITLE: Rationalising increased investment in online services in an era of financial constraints

ABSTRACT: Though it’s tempting to think that libraries can’t be investing in “new” or “enhanced” services at a time when we/they are being forced to cut back on core operations, this session will explore possible benefits from increasing our investments in online services, even as we are forced to make cuts to core branch operations. Online services may also be key to funding prospects with several population segments identified as being “at-risk” in terms of political support for public library funding, by OCLC’s “From Awareness to Funding” research.

SPEAKER: Beth Jefferson

Keynote address 3 – Libraries and Knowledge Centres in the Northern Territory: helping to keep culture strong

TITLE: Libraries and Knowledge Centres in the Northern Territory: helping to keep culture strong

ABSTRACT: The Northern Territory Library supports the network of Public Libraries and Knowledge Centres that operate throughout the Territory. While the larger municipalities provide regular, mainstream public library services, the residents of the smaller towns have found that the Libraries and Knowledge Centres (LKC) Program better meets their needs.

The LKC program assists local people to preserve and share their cultural heritage using the Our Story database. Community members archive digital recordings, photographs, film, stories and songs in local languages, using library computers. A key component of the program is the locally employed Community Library Officers who manage the day to day operation of the Libraries and Knowledge Centres with strong support from the Northern Territory Library.

In August 2007the Northern Territory Library was named the first Australian recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award. The award honours the Library’s innovative approach to bringing computer and Internet technology to remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

The presentation will focus on the success of the Libraries and Knowledge Centres from a library perspective as well as how the program is helping to keep local culture strong, by supporting communities to collect, preserve and share their cultural heritage. The paper will conclude with a brief description of the three key strategies which will drive further development of the program.


Concurrent session 1 – Sustainability and library buildings

TITLE: Sustainability and library buildings

ABSTRACT: Josh Byrne will present a case study of how the Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe and Mosman Park (PGCMP) Councils have approached the development of a new library, community centre and council offices as an opportunity to create an iconic site that provides a practical and tangible demonstration to local residents of how they can start confronting key environmental challenges.

Josh will explain the range of leading-edge environmental and sustainability initiatives which have been investigated and are being considered for the new buildings and landscape, as well as how the PGCMP Councils are planning to fully capitalise on the educational potential of the project.

SPEAKER: Josh Byrne