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Finishing up ALIA Access


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


Just something abit different


When we knew that we would be organising a large conference in quick time (the main only committee formed 14 months ago) we also wanted to take the opportunity to make sure that it was something abit different.

Yesterday was our first day of ALIA Access and the vibe seemed great.  There were a few new things to get used to, like ensuring that you attended the session that you had booked in for, and abit of lining up (like at the airport) to get ‘checked in’ via the ALIA Volunteer hosties.   By the end of the day there was a little bit more room in the sessions to flick between the conference streams. Many of the papers are available already and podcasts will be ready in a few days for ALIA members.

Our streams for Thursday though were packed out.  Information Literacy, Acquisitions and New Graduates looked like the most popular.  Many people around the country also packed out other venues to experience the conference via webstreaming for the first time.  We look forward to hearing how it was for you all out there in ‘ALIA webcast land’.  The stream convenors and their hard working committees have all contributed to creating a real variety and quality in the program – thanks to all of them.

We also have a little bit of a different trade show configuration with it being more distributed around the top floor of the Convention Centre that is our ALIA Access space this week.  Glad delegates are loving the free wireless access, which extends outside into the lovely courtyard to be able to enjoy the fabulous Brisbane weather this week.  Our delegates also got to play with our ‘on loan’ iPads from Apple at the tweet perch in the middle of the exhibition.  Photos from the conference are at Flickr – another way to feel like you are able to experience the conference from wherever you are.

We also held a “Dine around Brisbane” night last night and a long-standing ALIA member commented to me how nice it was to go to a restaurant for a conference dinner,  rather than a standard convention centre meal just for something different.     I was able to be at one of my favourite restaurants in Australia – Alchemy – which has the best view and the most spectacular good food. We were also treated to their new experience of liquid nitrogen honeycomb.

But on to our last day today.  Try to get to the trade exhibits by the end of lunchtime, and remember to pick up something for your library colleagues that have been ‘left behind’ to take home for them too, as you report on your ALIA Access experience.   Catch up on other news via #ALIAAccess  including our learner delegate tweeters at 

Sue Hutley, ALIA Executive Director

Getting ready – and great tips


Kate Sinclair must have been having the same thoughts (see below)  as her post just arrived as I have finished this one 🙂

Everyone is preparing for the ALIA Access conference.   Here are a couple of links of tips and discussions as to how to get the most out of a library conference :



ALA2010 survivial tips


LibTechTips and lots more conference tips links at

and for this week, Don’t forget the ALIA Access wiki too

Sue Hutley, ALIA Executive Director

Beautiful Brisbane for ALIA Access


Well, it’s finally the week of #ALIAAccess in Brisbane.  The weather has started off perfectly – blue skies, warm weather and the river views to enjoy.

There are lots of other meetings, workshops and gatherings being held all over the city this week in conjunction with the conference.   The ALIA Board met today and there is the annual ALIA meeting of Library Technician Educators on Tuesday.    So you might see the ALIA staff, Board and Conference Committee going off in many directions during the week to meet all of our meeting and event commitments.  Trying to be two places at once is not quite in our job descriptions yet…. and some days during conferences we wish we could clone ourselves.  Catch us when you can, or see us at the ALIA Stand.

There will be lots of surprises at the conference, so for delegates, you will have to discover them along the way.  For Newbie Techies like me, there will again be something new to learn and to try out during the week.   And speaking of technology, we look forward to welcoming lots of ALIA members to our webstreaming experience for the conference too.

There’s going to be some very creative satchel options that people have brought along, one of the small ways we are being abit more sustainable with this conference.  Lots of photos of these will end up on the #ALIAAccess twitter stream and on the blog during the week I am sure.

Enjoy conference week, wherever you are.

Sue Hutley,  ALIA Executive Director