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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 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

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 – Bringing it all together: Salisbury Reads

TITLE: Bringing it all together: Salisbury Reads

ABSTRACT: With a vision to achieve excellence in the development of a culture of reading within the City of Salisbury the library service over the past five years has developed an extensive program encouraging all age groups in the community to read. Salisbury Reads has 7 components, with many of the components relying on building partnerships within the community. It has also necessitated a change in staff structure to ensure these programs have adequate staff resources. This is complemented by another program called Reading @round the Region bringing together 10 local government authorities to focus on readers advisory training and resources.

SPEAKER: Bernice (Bernie) McSwain

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

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

TITLE: Creating the New Village Green:  The impact of the retirement of the baby boomers on the public library.

ABSTRACT: The paper will present the results of a national project about the possible responses of the public library to the retirement of the baby boomers. As part of exploring the needs of baby boomers, the study investigated their characteristics and lifestyle preferences, as well as the role that the public library can play in the early years of their retirement and when they are frail aged. The data were collected in focus groups of baby boomers, one conducted in Perth, as well as through interviews with gatekeepers. Some of the latter are well known community identities, such as Hugh Mackay; others are significant contributors to the world of libraries. The research was funded by Upper Murray Regional Library, Public Libraries Australia and the State Library of NSW.

SPEAKER: Dr Kirsty Williamson

Concurrent session 7 – Wanneroo Library Services’ new frontier: planning for 2050

TITLE: Wanneroo Library Services’ new frontier: planning for 2050

ABSTRACT: The City of Wanneroo is facing unprecedented growth with over 150,000 people expected to settle in the City between now and 2050, mostly in the new Alkimos-Eglinton area. Through its proposed library building program, Wanneroo Libraries are rethinking the way to deliver services to these new communities and the next generation to ensure our place not only within the local government framework but also in the hearts and minds of our customers. Using Wanneroo’s library building program, the Manager Library, Heritage and Cultural Services will explore a possible model for public libraries of the future.

SPEAKER: Michelle Brennand