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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 – 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

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 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.

SPEAKER: Jo McGill