PLSA Conference 2017

Public Libraries SA Conference 2017
is proudly sponsored by ALS Library Services.
ALS Library Services

 

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 Day 1 – Monday 18 September 2017

Fiona Scott-Norman

8.30am Registrations
9.15am Introduction
MC: Fiona Scott-Norman
9.25am President’s Address
Lynn Spurling
President, Public Libraries SA
Welcome to Country

Jack Buckskin

Jack Buckskin
Cultural Mentor
Tauondi Aboriginal College

 

The Rapidly Evolving World of Libraries

James Bruce AM

James Bruce AM
Chairman
Libraries Board of South Australia

 

Keynote Address: The Future is Human

Kieran Flanagan

Kieran Flanagan
Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer
Impossible Institute

n this insightful and entertaining keynote, Kieran will share what sets us apart and how harnessing the power of human nature can increase our influence. She will share why using your human skills is key plus ideas on how we can better connect with today’s clients. Why you need IQ, EQ and WE-Q. The importance of empathy and influence.

11amMorning Tea
The Impact of Libraries as Creative Spaces

Jane Cowell

Jane Cowell
Executive Director of Engagement & Partnerships
State Library of Queensland

How do we measure the impact of a library in a community? Because it is more than a dollar return. Libraries change lives, and more and more we are being asked for evidence of this essential belief from library staff. In Queensland, the State Library decided to undertake the research to provide clear evidence of this impact and further, embed creative practice in public libraries. This presentation will cover the research commissioned by the State Library of Queensland and will showcase the results and Jane will discuss the resultant toolkit and its application.

Bright Sparks

Fiona Watkin

Fiona Watkin
Librarian
Legal Aid Queensland

A culture of innovation is possible in any workplace, by embracing risk and failure and empowering staff with autonomy and professional respect. Bright ideas and lightbulb moments can turn into real change when people are supported and encouraged to try something new. Fiona will take you through the ideas and research that inspired her to create Off the Grid: 30 hours to give it a shot, a staff development program at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and then workshop with you to start throwing some sparks of your own that could have a big impact in your corner of the world.

1.05pmLunch
Keynote Address: Building the Argument for the Library as Place

Stephen Abram

Stephen Abram
Principal
Lighthouse Consulting Inc

We need to build great buildings to house the experience of the library and build connections. How do we make the case for the library as place to build the case for funding and investment? Stephen has built the cases for over a dozen new library branches, central buildings, community revitalisations and renovations. Learn more about these strategies, community engagement activities, building the testimonials and influencing the political framework.

Keynote Address: Caught in the Tide of Change? How libraries can use digital disruption to drive turbulent times

Steve O'Connor

Steve O’Connor
Director
Information Exponentials

Steve will focus on ‘Libraries in a time of disruption’ – harnessing the power of the imagination to create powerful, realistic and community-accepted future scenarios. Steve will draw on his extensive library management, publishing and leadership experience, and explain why it is important to project your planning horizons into the world of what could be. This will help to use disruption to energise and shape your future library environment. Steve O’Connor has conducted workshops on library futures and scenario planning across Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Steve has held senior library roles and is the Editor of the journal Library Management as well as Collection Building.

3.30pmAfternoon Tea
You can take the librarian out of the library….

Jenny Paradiso

Jenny Paradiso
Managing Director
Suntrix
2016 Telstra Australian Business Woman’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Moving from a career in libraries to owner of a national solar company, Jenny will share how she built a business from scratch using skills and experience she gained in the library industry. A real-life example of the importance of recognising your transferable skills and using them to your best advantage. After all, you might take the librarian out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the librarian!

5pmCocktail Function
Special DJ Experience

Fiona Scott-Norman

Fiona Scott-Norman
MC, DJ and Journalist

Join us at the Cocktail Function for a special DJ experience. Drinks and cocktail food provided.

7pmClose
Day 2 – Tuesday 19 September 2017
8.30am Registrations
9.15am Introduction
MC: Fiona Scott-Norman
Keynote address: Building the Infrastructure for Advocacy Based on Value and Impact Using Social Media: The FOPL Project

Stephen Abram

Stephen Abram
Chief Executive Officer
Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

This session explores a major innovation in state and province level advocacy. The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries has built a province wide initiative that harnesses the power of the network – affordably – to communicate the value and impact of public libraries in their communities. It encompasses scaleable training of all public library systems (over 300) in the province to engage in narrative storytelling using social media of all types. This is based in an OpenMediaDeskTM of professional journalists who also create content and engage end-users to share stories about the role public libraries played in their lives. Combined with a province-wide dashboard they can track the virality of this content (video, graphic or text), it builds capacity to communicate with the public and inform funders.

10.20amMorning Tea
How Public Libraries Contribute to the STEM Agenda

Adam Selinger

Adam Selinger
Co-founder and Creative Director
Children’s Discovery Museum

Libraries are arguably the single most important grass-roots community space with capacity to provide ALL members of their community access to current knowledge and information. They can provide Internet-enabled computers and tablets, collaborative working spaces, themed activities and programs targeting different audiences and acquire new resources to add to their borrowing collections.

From User Education to Digital Citizenship: Re-imagining Technology Within the City of Sydney Libraries

Ellen Lowrey

Ellen Lowrey
Manager Programs and Learning
City of Sydney Library

This session will discuss the City of Sydney Library’s broadening of its approach to technology based programming across its network of nine libraries. The Library has developed a strategic framework that identifies four main pillars that lay the foundation for programming: Lifelong Learning, Social Connection, Digital Citizenship and Creative Participation. Through the development of a programming framework, the focus for technology has shifted from ‘User Education‘; building basic computer skills through Microsoft Office to ‘Digital Citizenship’; ensuring the audience engages meaningfully in the community through accessing, using and learning about different technologies and digital resources. ‘Digital Citizenship’ programming expands upon the scope of technology based education to explore all learning areas of STEAM, further enriching the lives of the community through a holistic approach to skills and knowledge development for all age groups.

12.35pmLunch
The Future is Not Some Place we are Going, but One We are Creating

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson
Principal
Immanuel College

This presentation will address current trends in education and society in Australia and the positive influences that initiatives within public libraries are having on schools. Kevin will also reflect on his experience in new learning environments and their developments in his current school, with respect to lessons for all of us.

Our Partnership – Our Challenges

Matt Pinnegar

Matt Pinnegar
Chief Executive Officer
Local Government Association of SA

Public libraries have evolved into a unique partnership in SA between State and Local Government. Our communities have embraced them, turning them into the most highly trafficked buildings in Australia. With the needs of South Australian communities in mind, Councils have embraced change to encompass electronic services and enhanced community spaces. Councils with community support have also funded increased demands over the past decade. As we look ahead with the benefit of the Tomorrow’s Libraries report, new challenges and opportunities are here or on the horizon. Libraries and Councils must collaborate and innovate to ensure the future of these important facilities and services.

2.50pmAfternoon Tea
Panel Session

Facilitator: Fiona Scott-NormanFiona Scott-Norman

Panellists:

Stephen Abram
CEO, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Jane Cowell
Executive Director of Engagement and Partnerships, State Library of Qld

Matt Pinnegar
CEO, Local Government Association of SA

Ellen Lowrey
Manager Programs and Learning, Creative City, City of Sydney

Geoff Strempel
Associate Director, Public Library Services

This panel session will aim to tie up the themes of the conference and also discuss topics that have been raised throughout the two days by you as participants. Questions you would like answered can be submitted throughout the two days.

Making Books in Remote Communities

Alison Lester

Alison Lester
Australian Children’s Laureate 2012 – 2013

In this presentation, Alison will discuss her work with the ILF and the challenges of school libraries in schools in Kakadu and what the teachers, parents and community members are doing to keep them going. Alison will also discuss the books that she makes with the kids, so that they have appropriate stories to read, and especially ones that they have created themselves.

Networking Drinks
6pmClose