Beautiful Brisbane for ALIA Access

30/08/2010 by

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


After conference function

30/08/2010 by

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

27/08/2010 by

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…)

    27/08/2010 by

    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

    27/08/2010 by

    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

    ALIA Access New Grad Resume Reviews – places still available

    27/08/2010 by

    The New Grad resume reviews at ALIA Access are now open to all new grads – you DO NOT need to be attending ALIA Access to have your resume reviewed.

    Reviews are happening on Thursday 2 September at the ALIA Access conference venue (Brisbane Convention Centre)

    There are still have morning review spaces available, so make the most of this opportunity and come along.

    Contact to register your interest and don’t forget to attach your resume.

    Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

    24/08/2010 by

    The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has a great location map (downloadable in PDF format) which shows parking, public transport options, cultural venues close by, estimated walking distance to popular places and a hotel index:

    1 Room available at Rydges Southbank

    23/08/2010 by

    One accommodation room available at the SOLD OUT Rydges Southbank for Tuesday 31 – Friday 3 September, email for more details.

    Web-streaming system requirements

    18/08/2010 by

    Here are the details on system requirements for the web-streamed sessions.

    Available Sessions

    Dependant on your level of registration, the following sessions will be available for viewing.

     Thursday 2 September

    9.00am – 10.30am TAFE – Surprisingly Innovative Libraries
    11.00am – 12.30pm Information Literacy and Web 2.0
    1.30pm – 3.00pm Hidden Treasure. Finding the GOLD in Professional Development
    3.30pm – 5.00pm What Next! Information to Enhance the Career of New Graduates

    Friday 3 September

    9.00am – 10.30am Special Libraries – Demonstrating Value
    11.00am – 12.30pm Public Libraries: A Surprise on Every Page
    1.30pm – 3.00pm Collective Wealth, Global Sharing & Global Resources
    3.30pm – 5.00pm Public Libraries: A Surprise on Every Page

    Question & Answer

    Web streaming participants will have the opportunity to ask speakers questions during the Q&A section of the sessions. A moderated Q&A module will allow you to type questions directed to the speaker. Your question may then be chosen and read out during the Q&A section by the session chairperson.

     System Requirements – All users

    • Flash Player Version 9.0.45 or later (released 13/4/07)
    • Soundcard with speakers or headphones
    • Monitor with resolution of least 1024 x 768 pixels
    • Internet Connection of least 400kbps download

     Further details system requirements are included below.

     IMPORTANT: Internet Plans

    Please keep in mind that watching a full day webcast can consume approx 1GB of data (150 – 200MB per hour) and that the user should ensure their Internet plan has enough data remaining.

     IMPORTANT: Corporate Users

    Corporate viewers are encouraged to test their system well in advance of the conference to ensure that video streams are not blocked by the system administrator.

     Early testing should enable you to request that the URL/port is unblocked.

     Detailed Systems Requirements – Windows


    Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz processor (or equivalent)

    256MB of RAM

    64MB of VRAM

    (circa April ’03)


    Windows 7 Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0+, Mozilla Firefox 3.0+, Google Chrome 2.0
    Microsoft® Windows Vista® Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2.0, AOL 9, Safari 3.x or later
    Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, Firefox 1.x, Firefox 2.x, Mozilla 1.x or later, Netscape 7.x or later, AOL 9, Opera 7.11 or later, Safari 3.x or later

     Detailed Systems Requirements – Macintosh


    PowerPC G5 1.8GHz or faster processor

    Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor

    256MB of RAM

    64MB of VRAM


    Mac OS X v10.1 or later


    Firefox 1.x, Mozilla 1.x, Netscape 7.x or later, AOL for Mac OS X, Opera 6, Safari 1.x or later
    Mac OS X v10.4.x or later


    Firefox or later, Opera 6, Safari 2.x or later

     Detailed Systems Requirements – Linux


    Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz processor (or equivalent)

    256MB of RAM

    64MB of VRAM


    Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 3 update 8, RHEL 4 update 4 (AS/ES/WS) Firefox or later, Mozilla 1.7.x or later, SeaMonkey 1.0.5 or later
    Novell SUSE™ 9.x or 10.1 Firefox or later, Mozilla 1.7.x or later, SeaMonkey 1.0.5 or later

     Log In Instructions

    Log in instructions will be sent once you have registered for a web-streaming session,

     IMPORTANT: Test your System prior to the conference

    It is recommended that you log-in and test your settings well in advance of the conference to ensure there are no technical issues on the day.

     Access Post Conference

    Your log-in will also give you access after the conference to re-watch your purchased web-cast sessions.


    Should you require any technical assistance please email

    Speaker Profile: Stephen Pugh

    18/08/2010 by

    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.