Archive for July, 2010

Speaker Profile: Meryn Scott

22/07/2010

The latest speaker profile comes from Meryn Scott, who is  Subject Team Leader (Agribusiness) with CSIRO Information Management & Technology (IM&T).

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I’ll be speaking on the ways in which CSIRO provides a dynamic and responsive library service to our scientific staff  regardless of where they are located.  The library offers a variety of training opportunities through our dynamic videoconferencing technologies and relevant, current and rapid desktop services from a variety of key electronic sources.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
Working in CSIRO is inspiring  when we are involved with scientists who are committed, excited by their work and producing cutting edge science to benefit Australia.  The research focus is varied in CSIRO and the library community can receive queries on anything from the public opinion on climate change to the number of grain fed versus grass fed cattle currently being produced in Australia.

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’m based in Brisbane and I’m very excited to see the opportunities that visitors will have to see all parts of Brisbane and the amazing range of opportunities the city has to offer.  The weather in September is usually sunny and warm and should provide a very hospitable environment for everyone.  South Brisbane has a great number and variety of restaurants, go to West End Gardens for cheap and cheerful Vietnamese food or to Piaf at Southbank for excellent modern Australian cuisine.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
I was lucky enough to attend Online in 2009 and it was a great opportunity to listen to a wide variety of speakers and realize the variety and depth of the activities libraries are involved in – data management, repositories, innovative intranets and social networking with Second Life.  It just emphasized for me how dynamic and accommodating library staff are to change and adopt, and indeed embrace, new technologies.

Exhibitor Profile: Raeco

22/07/2010

Raeco will be exhibiting at the conference. Thanks to Kellie Griffith, Marketing Manager for answering our questions.

Raeco

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?
New range of soft seating

 2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
The continued evolution of the library industry. Our business is totally connected to industry developments which inspire our people to create better solutions to fit with the future of libraries. This is both challenging and rewarding as we witness our successes in building better, more functional and aesthetically dynamic library spaces throughout Australia and beyond.

 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.
First thought is the warmer weather being a resident of Melbourne. I find Brisbane a dynamic city and of specific interest are the leading edge library practices which are quite often a product of the collaboration within the Brisbane and surrounds library professional networks.

 4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
Empirically we have found that the configuration of delegate eating and social areas set close to or with the trade exhibits fosters higher delegate to trade engagement. Although there was an event that once had great cocktails………………….

Speaker Profile: Cenza Fulco

22/07/2010
Russell Robertson, Cenza Fulco, Mark Jamar

Russell Robertson, Cenza Fulco, Mark Jamar

Please welcome Cenza Fulco, another ALIA Access conference speaker, to the blog!

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I will be talking about Read Like a Demon – a literacy program between the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation and the Melbourne Football Club.  I’ll be speaking about our partnership and the great program, and it’s affect on primary students in the City of Casey.

 2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
As a Community Engagement Librarian in such a huge growth area I’m excited by community programs that we run through the Library.  Whether it’s regular programs that we run for babies and preschoolers, programs like Read Like a Demon for school age children, or watching staff get enthusiastic about  making a book and CD with a community group…work is always exciting and always offering new opportunities.

 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’m looking forward to better weather – I’m from Melbourne and it’s currently 11 degrees!

 4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
I always enjoy learning about what other Libraries are doing and catching up with old work colleagues.  It was great to listen to Tom Palmer speak about the Premier League Reading Stars in the UK (State Library Victoria Conference) as it was inspiration for our Read Like a Demon program.

Web streaming

21/07/2010

ALIA Access 2010 will be offering selected sessions of the Conference program via live web streaming.

Offered exclusively to ALIA members, the web streamed program will provide an opportunity to access the vast array of Conference sessions online.

With prices starting from only $80 for a personal member for one day, this is a great option for those members who are unable to attend the conference in person.

For more details on available sessions and prices,  please visit http://conferences.alia.org.au/access2010/program.html

Registrations are nearly full!

21/07/2010

(At time of publication…) ONLY 20 MORE REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE! QUICK REGISTER NOW!
There are only 20 more registrations available for ALIA Access before it SELLS OUT! Register now to secure your place at ‘the’ ALIA Event of the year.

Visit http://conferences.alia.org.au/access2010 for more details.

MISSED OUT OR CAN’T ATTEND ALIA ACCESS 2010?
We are pleased to advise ALIA Access 2010 will be offering selected sessions of the Conference program via live web streaming.

Offered exclusively to ALIA members, the web streamed program will provide an opportunity to access the vast array of Conference sessions online.

With prices starting from only $80 for a personal member for one day, this is a great option for those members who are unable to attend the conference in person.

For more details on available sessions and prices,  please visit http://conferences.alia.org.au/access2010/program.html

Badge it!

19/07/2010

Let your colleagues know you are participating in the ALIA Access 2010 Conference.

Download one of the below buttons and include it on your email signature, website or blog, with a link to:
http://conferences.alia.org.au/access2010/

ALIA button for exhibitorsALIA button for delegatesALIA buton for sponsors

Call for volunteers at ALIA Access

16/07/2010

The expression of interest is now open for volunteers for the ALIA Access 2010 conference, 1-3 September 2010, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre http://conferences.alia.org.au/access2010/.

Deadline for submission of expression of interest: Monday 2 August 2010. See attached form for full details (PDF 120KB). ALIA2010_Volunteer Registration Form

What must you have?
1. Time: it is essential to be able to attend:  The compulsory briefing session on Tuesday 31 August 2010 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 5.00pm – 6.00pm.

Plus at least half a day on  one of the following days:
o Wednesday 1 September 2010 7.30am – 6.00pm
o Thursday 2 September 2010 7.30am – 5.00pm
o Friday 3 September 2010 7.30am – 5.00pm

2. Leave of absence for work for those days attending the conference, if necessary
3. Black pants and black business shoes (shirts will be provided, and must be worn)
4. A completed registration form (see attached PDF document).

Volunteers will be required to assist with the following roles

  • Assist on Registration Desk
  • Assist Meeting Rooms Manager with sessions every day
  • Signage – labelling all meeting rooms each session
  • Assist with putting up banners in each session
  • Checking of delegate badges for entry into sessions
  • Directional assistance for delegates to find event locations / meeting rooms
  • Assist with group movements on coaches to library tours.

We expect we may get many more applications than we can use. If that is the case, preference will be given  to ALIA members where possible.

Be part of the excitement at ALIA Access 2010! Volunteers will be able to attend some sessions, as their voluntary duties allow. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Claudia Davies
Queensland Local Liaison Officer
Australian Library and Information Association

The best dining in Brisbane

16/07/2010

Got an opinion? Got any tips? Brisbane is about to host hundreds of interstate and overseas visitors to ALIA  Access 2010 and we want to showcase the best of Brisbane. Restaurants for the conference dinners are set but what about the other nights? We have so many great dining options, but they can be hard for visitors to find.

If you’d like to contribute to the ALIA Access wiki go to http://www.alia.org.au/events/2010wiki/pmwiki.php
(You’ll need a login to post; see the wiki for easy instructions)

See you there!

Claudia Davies
Queensland Local Liaison Officer
Australian Library and Information Association

Meet the Tweeters

16/07/2010

Twitter logoSo you’ve heard all about Twitter and how great it can be to enhance your conference experience, but perhaps you’re still unsure about how to use Twitter, or how to use it to network with people at a conference.

On the eve of ALIA Access, you have a wonderful opportunity to meet some people who already use Twitter, and who will be full of ideas and enthusiasm to get you going with twittering at the conference.

All the detail of the ‘tweetup’, can be found on the Libraries Interact blog.

To get you started with Twitter, check out the Common Craft introduction: