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Please take a moment to fill out the conference evaluation form in your registration pack, and drop in the box at the registration stand. Already home from ALIA Access when ready this? Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the conference in the comments section of this post. What did you love, what did you dislike, what ideas do you have to make things better for next time? Thanks for your comments!


Visiting the #aliaaccess Exhibition stands, searching for prizes


There are heaps of great information, new products, special deals and giveaways and prizes on exhibition stands, both in the exhibition hall and out on the Plaza level floor. Here’s selection for you to start you exploring:

  • ALIA has Rock Star Backstage Passes, free inCite mags, Love Libraries stickers and a very special deal on ALIA membership
  • EBSCO has the brightest blue table you’ve ever seen (just to sit at, not a prize to win…), fridge magnets with pens and some pretty good e-books to tell you about
  • Altarama has the latest version of Reftracker to demo, which can send and receive questions and answers with customers via SMS, Instant Messaging and widgets
  • Marcom has an amazing box of goodies to be won, an amazing DVD collection to talk to you about, and amazingly groovy notepads to giveaway. Also ask about their digital rights streaming of ABC TV content
  • FE Technologies is giving away an iPod shuffle. While you’re at the stand entering, ask for a demo of their customer self service products
  • Envisionware is the place to go to win a Nintendo Wii! They can also make your job easier with self service products and PC Booking systems
  • The fine folks at the Book House stand have a video camera you can win, frisbees to give away (ultimate frisbee match at lunch anyone?) and some great advice about all aspects of shelf ready library materials
  • Feeling thirsty? Trek right to the back corner of the exhibition hall and you will be rewarded with a super cool Mango slushy from Digital Education Services. While sipping and slurping, check out ‘Mango’, their new online literacy resource
  • Apple iPad anyone? Stop by the mega-stand of Proquest / Thorpe-Bowker / Serials Solutions to be in the running to win an iPad. Ask about ‘Summons’ by Serial Solutions, the Historical Newspapers products and Librarything for Libraries
  • Compare tweeting notes with BEAR Solutions, before asking them about networked printing solutions, and PC reservation products
  • The University of South Australia has a book voucher to win. Ask about the courses in the School of Computer and Info Sciences
  • OK, I admit it, yellow highlighters are my favourite colour highlighters, and the folks at OCLC have groovy retractable yellow highlighters to give away. Be sure to  check out WorldCat Local. Sigh, you had me at ‘yellow highlighter’
  • Swets has mousepads and notepads and all the info you need to know about SwetsWise. What’s SwetsWise? Stop by the stand and ask the friendly folks
  • What do Softlink do when they’re not busy trying to give away a bottle, no, a magnum of Shiraz? They provide a Library Management System that may just be the solution you’re looking for
  • Alexander Street Press knows QR codes. You don’t know QR codes? Stop by the stand and ask about QR codes, and you’ll find your way to a free online playlist of music
  • Feel the need to win a video camera? Libero is the place to go. Ask about the new web-based version of the Libero library management system, and grab a mousepad while you’re there
  • Stomp has showbags to giveaway! They’re filled with movies, music, chocolates and other fun stuff. Ask them about AV supplies for your library
  • World Book would like to tell you about the new online product Science Power, which apparently can turn anyone into a science expert! Also checkout the Early World of Learning, a children’s literacy resource
  • Who’s got the ‘Gecko in the Box’? The same place where you can win a hamper worth $150? That must be the Raeco stand
  • Where do I get one of those famous library cat bags that I see everywhere? Head to the James Bennett stand and ask about the recent merger with Blackwell into the Baker and Taylor group
  • Britannica have a new amazing online resource to tell you about – New Image Quest, which has over 2 million images you can use to bring your work to life
  • Gale – Cengage Learning. What’s with the smiley faces everywhere? I’m not sure, you’ll have to visit their stand and ask…
  • The National Library of Australia stand are giving away some very nice notepad/pen sets, plus lots of news from the NLA, and some great info about Trove
  • 3M is the place to go to learn about RFID, self-service and online fines and fees payment systems
  • Bibliotheca  are right near the entrance to the exhibition hall, and are ready to tell you about their next generation of RFID software
  • Moet and Chandon Champagne to give away at the Elsevier stand! Drawn at Friday’s morning tea! Be present to win! Ask about medical e-books while you’re there! Why all the exclamation marks?! It’s Moet and Chandon Champagne!
  • Ingram at stand 44 can help you create on-demand print collections, stop by and find out more
  • Taylor and Francis are offering a year subscription to one of their online products as a prize, and it’s worth US$9,200. Plus they have French Champagne, plus they have chocolates to give away. Checkout the new TAFE collections and archive packages too
  • Springer have some beut e-book offers for those into the e-books
  • First Software Solutions is the place to head to hear about a new approach to library management systems
  • Out in the Plaza level area, stop by and say g’day to Wavesound, who would love you to win two prizes of audio books and large print books. Ask about Clipper e-audio books too
  • Charles Sturt University have wine and books you can win. They are also keen to talk about their Bachelor and Masters courses in Information Studies
  • Peter Pal has all the info you need to help with supplier-aided selection
  • LexisNexis are giving away some very generous subscriptions to their news and business online resources. Stop by and get the details of a free trial
  • So you know all about QR codes, and want to print your own? Brother has all the gear you’ll need, plus heaps of labelling solutions for your library needs.

Share your ALIA Access photos on the Flickr Pool


If you’re taking photos at ALIA Access and uploading them to Flickr, please consider sharing them on the conference group pool.

#aliaaccess Premium Sponsor: SirsiDynix

Carol Forlonge, Melanie Chin and Katy Willcock from SirsiDynix

Carol Forlonge, Melanie Chin and Katy Willcock from SirsiDynix

ALIA Access Premiun sponsor SirsiDynix has a number of products on show at Stand 30, including:

  • Symphony – the core ILS system
  • Enterprise – a discovery layer sitting on top of the library catalogue
  • Portfolio – digital asset management system
  • BookMyne – an iPhone application for SirsiDynix products

Stop by to say hi, and put your details into the draw to win a prize!

#aliaaccess Premium Sponsor: QLS Technology


One of the major sponsors of ALIA Access 2010 is Queensland Library Supplies Pty Ltd (QLS) and their new division, QLS Technology, which focuses on the electronic side of the business. Items such as a machine operated height adjustable table, and self-propelled electronic returns bins are on display at the exhibition. This 30 year old company has a sole focus on libraries, and will build and customise to suit your needs.

Alan Davis and Colin Matthews with the self-propelled electronic bin

Alan Dorris and Colin Matthews with the self-propelled electronic bin

Play nice in the sandpit


The title of the post is advice (or a stern command?) given to me in pre-school when I was five years old. Is it the most useful advice anyone can ever get? Possibly.

It is advice I often repeat when discussing the best way to behave in the online ‘sandpit’. Social networking spaces online are full of fun kids and shiny toys, plus room to play, make noise and stretch the boundaries a bit. It can be easy to get carried away and forget about playing nice.

So, as I launch into the online space of another library conference, I’m taking a few moments to remind myself of my own sandpit rules. Oh sure there are heaps of netiquette guides and even strict rules on how to behave online, but when it really comes down to it, the advice about playing nice in the sandpit goes a long way.

Share your toys
It can be easy for the kids with toys to become focused inward, and forget the joy of sharing with others. I’m sure I didn’t know the word ‘clique’ at aged five, but I sure felt excluded from some of them. My aim at this conference is to hang out at the Tweet Perch in the exhibition hall as much as practical, to show people new to the online space how much value Twitter, Facebook and other online tools can add to the conference experience. If not one single new person chooses to join in online, that’s fine. Sharing the toys and giving people the encouragement and support to try the tools is my main aim. (By the way, did you know there will be Apple iPads to test out?!)

Keeping it clean
I’ll never forget the day I found cat poo in the primary school sandpit – it well and truly put me off sandpits for a few weeks. While I might drop the odd virtual sandwich crust or biscuit crumb in the corner, I try to keep unwanted stuff out of the online space so I don’t put other people off using the same space.

Looking out for others
As a kid, I could be a pretty big sook at times. Sometimes I just wanted to play on the swings by myself, despite my friends in the sandpit calling me to join them building the world’s greatest underground city. Online, it’s very easy to drag people unwillingly into the space by posting comments, uploading photos and videos or sharing information that they would prefer to remain, well, not quite as visible. If I take a photo of you at the conference, I’ll ask if I can post it online with your name. If you say no, that’s perfectly OK, I’ll respect that.

 I’m looking forward to meeting new people and catching up with old friends, both in person and online at ALIA Access 2010. If you see me playing less than nice in the sandpit, don’t hesitate to remind me of my own rules 🙂

Warren Cheetham
Digital Coordinator – ALIA Access conference committee

After conference function


ALIA Sydney Library Folk in the Pub (LFIP) together with IAML Australia (the Australian Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres) invite all library workers, and those otherwise in the industry , to join members of these two groups for a post-conference event (whether or not attending on of these).
September 3rd – 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Location : The Ship Inn        
Stanley St (Cnr Sidon St) Brisbane (link to Google Map page)

Brisbane Public Transport


Some useful links for public transport options in Brisbane:

TRANSLink – covers buses, trains and ferries. Has journey planners, timetables and maps

Airtrain – from the Brisbane airport to the city, stops at South Brisbane (closest to conferene venue) and South Bank, and then on to Gold Coast

    What’s on in Brisbane? (besides ALIA Access…)


    If you’re arriving early or staying later in Brisbane, here’s a quick checklist of online events guides for Brisbane, and for specific places around the conference venue:

    Register now for Web Streaming


    You still have time to register for the ALIA Access 2010 live web streaming sessions.

    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