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Concurrent session 2 speaker – Brent Acie

Brent got hooked on computers nigh on 30 years ago & has nearly 20 years experience with Digital Media. He manages the Photo Imaging Centre of Western Australia, an advisory, consultancy & networking service; and is the co-ordinator & technical adviser for the Snapshots in Time project, which aims to digitise large collections of historical photographic images in Regional Australia for general public, online searching & access. He voluntarily manages & runs a digital media library for Nature Conservation research & education which to date has over 750,000 unique assets.

Brent is actively involved in the training industry, most recently in the development of the Diploma of Photo-Imaging. This includes a stream for Libraries/Museums, recognising the particular skills and knowledge required in this specialist field.

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


Concurrent session 8 – Kathryn Greenhill

Kathryn Greenhill works as Emerging Technologies Specialist at Murdoch University Library in Perth, Western Australia. She has been writing, conducting workshops and presenting about new technologies and their impact on libraries and cultural institutions since 1990.

Kathryn presents about the educational and community-building value of web tools like Twitter, blogs, wikis, social networking and multi-user virtual environments. She is enthusiastic about new models of collaboration like Open Source Software, Open Access publishing, Creative Commons and unconferences – and how this collaboration can transform cultural institutions. You can connect with Kathryn at her blog, Librarians Matter.

Concurrent session 8 – We are all making new media: what libraries need to know

Concurrent session 6 speaker – Cameron Morley

Cameron manages the State Library’s Public Library Services Branch. The
Branch administers the State funding provided to NSW councils for
library services, monitors local authority compliance with the Library
Act 1939 and provides free library management consultancy services to
NSW councils. Cameron also convenes the Public Library Network Research
Committee, which undertakes research projects that promote the value and
impact of public libraries, contribute to the improvement and
enhancement of public libraries, and stimulate discussion and debate
regarding the current and future situation of public libraries.

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

Concurrent session 3 speaker – Dr Kirsty Williamson

Kirsty is the Director of the research group, Information and Telecommunications Needs Research (ITNR), a joint initiative of Monash and Charles Sturt Universities, in Australia. Since the early 1990s, she has undertaken many research projects, funded by a range of different organisations including the principal funding body of Australian Universities, the Australian Research Council. Her principal area of research has been ’human information behaviour’, with libraries, particularly public libraries, being an important context for her research. Her interest in public libraries and baby boomers has extended over several years, with one of her PhD students, Maureena Lockyer-Benzie, from Perth, also focussing on the topic. She has been fortunate to receive support from Upper Murray Regional Libraries and Public Libraries Australia (particularly from Lynn Makin) and State Library of NSW.

Concurrent session 3 – Creating the New Village Green:  The impact of the retirement of the baby boomers on the public library.

Keynote speaker 3 – Jo McGill

Jo McGill joined the Northern Territory Library in 1999 as manager of acquisitions and technical services, a role which was broadened to include information technology in 2002. In November 2003 Jo was appointed to the position of Director Northern Territory Library.

Jo has extensive experience in education, government and public libraries across the Territory and has lived and worked in some of the more remote areas of the Territory including the Tiwi Islands, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. She is committed to providing equity of access to up-to-date information to all Territorians and ensuring the Northern Territory’s cultural heritage is preserved and accessible. Since her appointment as Director, Jo has worked to make certain that Indigenous material is better represented in the Library’s collections.

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

Concurrent session speaker 1 – Josh Byrne

Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist with a passion for sustainable gardening, appropriate technology and innovative environmental design.

Prior to establishing his own environmental, horticultural and communications consultancy business, Josh spent five years working in research and development with the internationally renowned UNEP Environmental Technology Centre (ETC) at Murdoch University, where he was the principal designer and site manager overseeing the development of the landscape and environmental technologies that support it. During this time he gained invaluable experience in a wide range of environmental technologies and their application in the areas of energy conservation, water and waste management, sustainable housing and food production for urban as well as rural and remote settlements. Josh continues to have strong links with Murdoch University where he is engaged in undergraduate teaching and doctoral research.

Josh has a unique and integrated approach to both landscape and broader environmental design and development which combines his academic background in Environmental Science with over 10 years hands on experience as a sustainability practitioner. He has extensive experience in community consultation and education and sees this as a key step in achieving sustainable settlements that are responsive to both local environmental conditions as well as the people who interact with them.

Concurrent session 1 – Sustainability and library buildings

Concurrent session 5 speaker – Bernice (Bernie) McSwain

Bernie McSwain has worked in public libraries for over 25 years, with 20 of those years in Western Australia as the Manager Library Services at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the Shire of Kalamunda and then the Town of Victoria Park.

Bernie was appointed to her current position as Manager Library Services at the City of Salisbury in October 2002. In this role, one of the areas that Bernie has focused on is implementing programs to refocus on the value of reading and placing it within a strategic framework.

Bernie is currently the Vice-President of Public Libraries SA.

Concurrent session 5 – Bringing it all together: Salisbury Reads