Speaker Profile: Stephen Pugh


The latest speaker profile is from Stephen Pugh of Oranjarra Partners.

1. Can you please give us a taste of what you will be speaking about at the conference?
I am fortunate to have two speaking slots scheduled at the conference. I’ll be speaking on issues and trends in collection development and acquisitions in the Acquisitions Continuum and giving a paper called “Best Practice and Cooperation in Resource Sharing Among Academic Libraries” in the Collective Wealth, Global Sharing, Global Resources stream. I intend to draw on my experience in working and consulting with over 90 university libraries in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America to discuss useful examples of best practice and cooperation in resource sharing, including interlibrary loan. In addition to providing an historical context and overview of the methodologies developed in collection development and acquisitions, I will also discuss the new and exciting evolution of traditional approaches. I hope all who are grappling with these issues will attend.

2. In your field of work, what is inspiring, exciting or challenging you at the moment?
One of the many challenges confronting all of us in the profession and industry is how to turn our considerable and collective talents from “hospice care” in limiting damage to our priceless library collections to new and smart strategies of collection development methodologies to ensure their continued effectiveness in supporting teaching, learning and research. The work being researched and conducted in this area is truly exciting.

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 have been to Brisbane many times and, although this is pretty tame, I enjoy relaxing on the CityCat, followed by a wander in the Botanic Gardens, topped by a slow dinner along the waterfront. Brisbane is a great place for people-watching.

4. What is the best experience you have ever had at a library conference?
I don’t know if it qualifies as my best experience at a conference, but the most memorable was providing the trophy for a decidedly unsanctioned Australia vs. The Rest of World hopscotch contest dubbed the “ALIA Cup” at a long ago conference in Adelaide. I’ll say no more.

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