Archive for June, 2010

Speaker Profile: Donna Priddle

25/06/2010
Donna Priddle

Donna Priddle

Donna Priddle from Mackay, Qld, has an interesting story to share at ALIA Access…

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
For the calendar year of 2009 I exchanged jobs, homes, social circles and pets (my life), with a government librarian from Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. I will be talking about this incredible experience, professional and personal development gained, challenges, and how you can make it happen.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
I’m currently acting in a Community Services Librarian role, although my background is mainly Information Services. I therefore have the ultimate excuse for getting out and about in the community and advocating the role and resources the library currently has, and could potentially have, to assist every person.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
As I reside in Mackay, Brisbane is often the venue for training and conferences. I will be checking the various theatre calendars shortly for shows I can catch while I’m there, and I always enjoy a wander around the quirky shops in the West End.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
While in the UK I attended the CILIP Umbrella Conference in Hertfordshire last July. Being held in Europe, the conference was attended by a broad spectrum of librarians and related professions from all over Western, and even some of Eastern Europe. The resulting influences on networking opportunities were truly mind boggling. I had the most amazing conversation with the Head Research Librarian from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna!

Exhibitor Profile: Springer

21/06/2010

James Mercer from Springer is getting ready to head to Brisbane in September.

1. Can you please give us a taste or teaser of what you will be displaying / presenting at the conference exhibition? Do you have any new products or services you will be launching at the conference?
We’ll be showcasing Springer eBook Collections, the largest collection of electronic books of any publisher and also SpringerImages, Springer’s innovative new image database product.

 2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
 Spreading the word about the benefits of Springer’s eBook model. Working with new usage statistics analysis tools to provide customers with more insight into their library users behaviour and information needs. 

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
 If there is time, some record shopping at Butter Beats is always a must for me on a trip to Brisbane.  I always enjoy a ride on the Citycat on a sunny day (simple things…) and a walk through the streets beach down South Bank to the excellent State Art Galleries and State Library.  

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
Engaging with customers and the latest developments and initiatives in the industry, thereby becoming reenergised about work, is always an edifying experience.

Speaker Profile: Louise Pieper

21/06/2010

Louise Pieper, Program Development Librarian – Social Inclusion at the Gold Coast City Council Library Services will be a first time presenter at ALIA Access.

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
Because customers use public libraries for their social and recreational information needs, they don’t want to feel like they’re back at school, being taught information literacy. Which means that teaching it needs to be a covert operation. The social media technologies of Web 2.0 can help public libraries inform, without being didactic, because the very nature of these web-based technologies is casual and interactive. So, as long as public libraries are alert to the possibilities of using Web 2.0 tools to support reader development, facilitate informed access and encourage digital citizenship skills, we can also support information literacy. It’s kind of sneaky. 

 2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Developing library programs that are exciting and different, that attract a diverse range of customers reflective of the community, and that promote social inclusion and community engagement while highlighting library resources. And, of course, that don’t cost anything.

 3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I’ll be sauntering from the Convention Centre up Melbourne Street, until it intersects with Boundary Street and then turning the corner into Mollison Street to find The Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House (behind the Commonwealth Bank). Fabulous atmosphere, great coffee and an awesome choice of cakes. And if it’s too crowded there’s always The Jazzy Cat next door, or the Gun Shop Cafe across the road or…. well, the West End has a happy abundance of coffee places to choose from.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
Well, embarrassingly, this will be my first library conference, so I’m hoping my best experience at a library conference will be presenting my first paper.

 Thanks for the coffee tips Louise!

Speaker Profile: Paul Drake

21/06/2010

Paul Drake, User Services & Document Delivery Librarian, University of Guam will be in Brisbane for ALIA Access. Welcome to the conference blog Paul!

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I hope to broaden the perceptions as to which organizations should participate in an information network. Why shouldn’t certain types of institutions be invited to the table? The case study involves interlibrary loan services, but the paper will demonstrate our need to think broader than the obvious institutions, to be more inclusive, in our partnerships and networks.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Currently I am inspired and challenged to find appropriate technology to support the education and community mission of the Library and the University of Guam in a geographically isolated.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I was in Brisbane for the 1988 Bicentennial Exposition, so it will be almost as my first time. I have a vague memory of the Botanic Garden and would like to revisit.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
Nothing specific comes to mind, but I always appreciate meeting former colleagues whom I haven’t seen in years. My biggest thrill was being asked to be the keynote speaker at the 2007 Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Services conference.

Speaker Profile: Linda Barron

21/06/2010
Linda Baron

Linda Baron - SLQ

Linda Barron from the State Library of Queensland will be another speaker at the ALIA Access conference. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Linda!

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
The State Library of Queensland’s online learning program for Queensland public on web 2.0 technologies. Will include:

  • The role of libraries in educating clients in web 2.0 technology
  • Moving the program from a staff to client focus
  • Challenges
  • Our learnings

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
I am inspired by the vast collections and resources available at the State Library. I excited about helping to educate clients and potential clients about how to access, interpret and use resources.

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
I live in Brisbane and I love food! If you want to know where to eat in Brisbane from cheap to expensive come and see me and I will help you out.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
This is my first library conference!

Speaker Profile(s): Brenna Cook & Rebecca Whitehead

21/06/2010

Meet another two ALIA Access speakers – Brenna Cook and Rebecca Whitehead from the Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Brenna Cook and Rebecca Whitehead

Brenna Cook and Rebecca Whitehead

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
Brenna:
Well, let’s face it: there aren’t a lot of people working as librarians under the age of 40 or so. This is good! Those of us who find ourselves younger than this have a fantastic resource that we can access whenever we need to: our colleagues. We’ll be talking about what we’ve learned from older colleagues and what every younger or newer librarian MUST learn from them.

Rebecca:
As new librarians we will be talking about the valuable lessons we have learnt from our baby boomer colleagues and how this has helped us survive our first year and a bit in the academic library world. 

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Brenna:
The academic library I work in is undergoing an enormous renovation that, when completed, will have the library as a vital part of a brand new student hub. Until then, there are all sorts of space and noise issues to deal with. But, quite honestly, it keeps things interesting.

Rebecca:
It seems there are always lots of things exciting happening in Libraries. As Brenna mentioned our Library is currently in renovation mode and it will be very exciting to see how the Library evolves over the next year or so. I am also currently working in cataloguing so the small things like finding the perfect LCSH excite me at the moment! 

3. If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
Brenna:
Museums! I like museums (particularly their gift shops…), and as I’m currently studying for a Masters in Cultural Heritage (museum stuff) I have a fantastic excuse reason to visit them regularly. I’m really looking forward to visiting GOMA.

Rebecca:
This will be my second time in Brisbane and I am looking forward to the sunshine. Unfortunately I can’t say that I am looking forward to standing up in front of a large group of people and speaking, but I am looking forward to telling my friends and family that I did it!

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
Brenna:
NLS4 was my first library conference and I really enjoyed it. It was so inspiring to be with a HUGE group of people who really love libraries.

Rebecca:
I was a very new Librarian when I attended NLS4 and it was a fantastic experience. I think the highlight for me was being inspired by hearing other new grad’s speak and sharing these experiences with my colleagues on my return home.

Exhibitor Profile: LexisNexis

21/06/2010

Julia White from LexisNexis stopped by the ALIA Access conference blog to answer our questions. Thanks Julia!

LexisNexis

1.  Can you please give us a taste or teaser of what you will be displaying / presenting at the conference exhibition? Do you have any new products or services you will be launching at the conference?
We’re very excited to be unveiling Nexis, our new online news and business information database. Nexis’ comprehensive coverage includes premium Australian and international news, financial and market reports, company and trade information, biographical data, legal news, newswires and blogs and is continuously growing. Users can quickly and simply search and refine quality information to monitor news related to their company or project, market trends and to stay abreast of latest competitor and client developments.

2.     In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Working on developing new products and enhancements that use latest technology to continuously improve what we offer. LexisNexis is also undergoing a culture change. The team is much more vibrant and motivated now. Our CEO TJ Viljoen has shifted the company to become more customer-centric. It has changed the way we view our business and interact with our customers.

3.     If you will be visiting Brisbane for the first time, what are you looking forward to the most? If you are a local or know Brisbane well, please share your favourite thing to do or place to visit in Brisbane.
Last time I was in Brisbane I really enjoyed the cocktails at Cru Bar & Cellar in Fortitude Valley (highly recommend the lioness). For the guys, you can’t go past the buffalo wings and ribs at Blue Smoke in New Farm (make sure to book this place is tiny). There are so many gems to try in Brisbane.

Fancy attending ALIA Access for free?

07/06/2010

Check out the ALIA New Grads Blog for more information: http://alianewgrad.blogspot.com/2010/06/fancy-attending-alia-access-for-free.html