Finishing up ALIA Access

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Everyone is just about home from the ALIA Access conference and a very enjoyable week in Brisbane.  Our ‘sold out’ conference was a success.

Thanks to all the libraries that got involved in tours and welcoming us.  There are some great photos of the spaces here and you can also look up their websites for more info.

Thanks to all the speakers and presenters at the conference.  We received many comments during the two days on the quality of the speakers talking in a variety of methods, from interactive presentations from the United States (Stephen Abram), pre-recorded video (Kate Lundy) to lightning talks (at Library Camp).  Note: Kate Lundy’s video will be available this coming week on a number of websites.  The program would not have been so good if not for all the work put in by our 12 stream committees who have been planning for months.  It showed how good planning and organisation can pay off on the day.  Don’t forget to record your comments ‘for real’ by giving us your feedback.

Our supportive sponsors and trade exhibitors were also really busy during the week talking to delegates, and some were even learning to tweet abit using our ALIA Guest Account @ALIATweeps and the Apple iPads available for all the delegates to ‘try out’.  

Experiencing the conference came in many forms – via webstreaming for the first time, following the 2.0 components – blogs, twitter, flickr, slideshare etc – or sitting on a beanbag in Library Camp.  Podcasts will be available for ALIA members from the conference website in coming weeks.

We congratulate our ALIA Public Library Stars for 2010, announced last Friday afternoon, with all the details on the ALIA website from Monday 6th September.  

The Collective Wealth, Global Sharing, Global Resources conference stream also brought an international aspect to our event, with links to IFLA, and there are some great papers to look through from this stream of the conference.

Thanks to the conference committee and ALIA Staff and ALIA would also like to thank our Professional Conference Organiser, ICE Australia for all their hard work to make this a successful event. 

Many of the delegates got to experience the rest of the Best of Brisbane – beautiful local handcraft shops, the GOMA Valentino Exhibition, Brisbane Writers Festival events, Southbank,  great restaurants, bars, music, pubs and views, rivercats, riverbridges, Riverfire and fabulous warm weather and sunshine.

Looking forward to seeing you all again at our next major ALIA Conference which is ALIA Information Online, and all of the many satellite events and meetings during the week starting 31st January 2011, with the main conference days being 1-3 February 2011.  Book ahead, register for earlybird and start planning for your next ALIA Conference experience.

Sue Hutley, ALIA Executive Director

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