20 - 21 August, 2018 | Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: 20th August 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee and Registration

9:00 am - 9:10 am Conference Opening-Remarks from, Conference Chairperson

9:10 am - 9:50 am Who is the Librarian of the Future? Examining Past, Current and Future Roles of the Librarian to Better Contextualise Industry Changes

As libraries shift from traditionally silent, introspective spaces to vibrant community hubs, the contemporary librarian must also become similarly outgoing. A modern day librarian must be part data scientist, part community advisor, with excellent analytic as well as communication skills. This opening address will examine the changing role of the librarian, looking as past perceptions and expectations of library staff and how these have morphed in recent years. It aims to give an overview of the past, present and future of librarianship, and the lessons we can learn from these transformations.

  • Learn how the role of the librarian has changed over time
  • Discuss the most relevant skills to be a successful librarian
  • Gain insight into the future of the profession

9:50 am - 10:30 am Breaking down generational barriers: Balancing the Expectations of Different Age Groups to Consolidate and Expand Your User-Base

There is no denying the changing nature of library use across the globe. Digital resources and facilities become ever-more pervasive as the world becomes increasingly connected and tech-centric. With over 1.5 million eBooks held by libraries across Australia, the digital future is increasingly becoming the present. However not all library users have been raised in the digital age, and as such older library users are less inherently familiar with the usage of digital resources. This session aims to examine the library resource consumption patterns of different age groups, looking at ways to balance your collection in order to align it to customer demands. It will focus on the best way to engage your library community in honest feedback, as well as turning that feedback into real and workable operational outcomes.

  • Understand your community in order to more comprehensively meet their needs
  • Surveying your community to prioritise resources
  • Balancing the wants of different community groups to provide the best overall experience

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Integrating Digital Services into Future Library Design to Increase Your Library’s Appeal

Whilst digital collections have become ubiquitous with the modern library, they present changes in both our patterns of information access as well as how we physically access that information. With information and collections now able to be accessed from a decentralised mass of internet-connected devices, libraries must be increasingly tactful in their physical provision of digital services. Whilst library computer access is vital for members of the community who do not have in-home access to the internet, an increasing segment of the population can simply access the internet from their own devices. As it stands, library-provided internet-enabled device use sits at only 5.2 per 10,000 persons. This session will look at the future of digital services provision in libraries, examining topics such as balancing your resources between physical access points and non-physical access methods such as 24 hour wi-fi.

  • Understanding digital service usage to prioritise your organisation’s resources
  • Examining the future of digital information access
  • Modernising your access facilities to maintain their appeal to the community

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Understanding the Role of Libraries as Producers of Public Culture to Maintain Community Prominence

As access paths to information continue to expand and multiply, libraries are diminishing in their role as gatekeepers to existing knowledge. However what libraries do possess that cannot be readily matched by other sources, is the physical space and ability to create culture within a community through engagement with that space. This session will examine the role of the library in creating public culture and engaging the community through its production of events and utilisation of its physical spaces. A perfect example of this is kuril dhagon in the State Library of Queensland, which seeks to create an engaging space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples through the provision of an authentic and community-oriented space. Featuring reading spaces, exhibitions of Indigenous artworks, and even a fire pit for community gatherings, kuril dagon provides a model for how libraries can facilitate culture in ways that online sources simply cannot.

  • Utilising physical spaces to differentiate from digital information sources
  • Perceiving the library as a living space for community engagement
  • Refocusing from cultural collation to production

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Case Study: Understanding the Role of Libraries in Online Universities to Examine Developing Trends in Scholarship

Jonathan Powles - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Innovation, University of New England
Despite being a predominantly online library, the University of New England is in the middle of a 10 year Master Plan to redevelop its library services, in order to maintain the best facilities and services for its face-to-face as well as online students. This session will examine what the role of the library is for universities with a largely digital student base, as well as the university’s issues and solutions in providing a balance of services to its various student demographics

  • Redefining the library to suit emerging academic trends
  • Balancing resources between varied user-groups
  • Examining the role of traditional library spaces in an academic context

Jonathan Powles

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Innovation
University of New England

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm Understanding the ‘Decentralised Library’ to Envisage Future Models of Librarianship

Sarah Bromfield - Head Librarian, Tasmanian Department of State Growth
Whilst for the time being the traditional, physical library remains paramount, there is a growing sect of libraries which differ from the norm not only in the services they offer but their physical and organisational structure. One of these alternate models is the decentralised library, which consists of a library which is not hosted in a single physical space, or in some cases a physical space at all. Sarah Bromfield of the Tasmanian Department of State growth will discuss her experience running two State Department libraries, as well as the ups and downs of moving from a traditionally library to an open plan office with no designated library space.

  • Investigate alternate structures of library organisation
  • Weigh-up the benefits and burdens of various library systems
  • Reflecting upon the strength of traditional library structures and systems

Sarah Bromfield

Head Librarian
Tasmanian Department of State Growth

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Tea

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm Promoting Quality of Information to Maintain Appeal in an Information-Dense Age

Heather Todd - Director- Scholarly Publishing and Digitisation Services, University of Queensland
In an increasingly time-crunched society, a focus on accessibility and rapid learning continues to grow. Due to the decentralised nature of the internet and the sheer accessibility of search engines, libraries as we know them cannot compete on convenience alone. In order to maintain market share of information services, libraries must differentiate themselves by marketing the quality of information. From the quality of information held in physical and digital journal catalogues, to the ability of libraries to collate and recommend those sources, the value in libraries remains in the depth and utility of its data rather than its accessibility. This session will propose strategies to market your library based on the value proposition of information depth and utility.

  • Structuring organisational promotion to give it the most impact
  • Understanding and building upon the unique selling points of libraries
  • Staying ahead of the competition though a thorough knowledge of your inherent organisational strengths and weaknesses

Heather Todd

Director- Scholarly Publishing and Digitisation Services
University of Queensland

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Champagne Roundtable: Does Physical Media Have a Future in the Next Generation of Libraries?

Since 2011, loans of physical items have fallen by 15 million annually across Australia. It is currently predicted that by 220, the number of electronic items in library collections will have reached a 50/50 split with physical items. This roundtable discussion will look at the implications of the trend away from physical media usage. It will examine whether a bookless library can ever become the norm, or whether print is so ingrained in our perceptions of library spaces that the two can never be completely separated. Participants will put forward their ideas on how books play a role in the aesthetic sensibilities of a library, as well as contributing to the serendipitous experience of finding the unexpected whilst simply browsing through physical shelves.

  • Can books really be completely removed from the idea of the library?
  • How does physical media affect how we interact with library spaces?
  • Examining rational as well as emotional reasons to visit a library

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm Conference Closing- Remarks from, Conference Chairperson

5:15 pm - 5:15 pm Networking Drinks