Speaker Profile: Louise Pieper

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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!

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