Conference Day Two: 21st 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 Turning Technology From Burden to Boon: Understanding the Benefits of Technological Developments to Increase Engagement and Free-up BudgetsPhilip Uys - Director- Learning Technologies Charles Sturt University
Whilst much of the discussion around the growing prevalence of technology in libraries is rueful of the loss of tradition, for the savvy librarian an adoption of technology can lead to many organisational benefits. For example, the costs of acquiring and maintaining a digital collection can end up as much as a 40% reduction in cost than an equivalent physical collection. This session will discuss the benefits of a constant focus on improving technology, from increased appeal of your library to a streamlining of demands placed on staff. By examining these issues and thinking about them in relation to your own organisation, you will be able to better understand where technological investment is needed and where it is not, increasing both your facility capabilities as well as your ability to manage them. This session will also touch on the use of open education resources and how they can be effectively implicated within a digital education space.
- Knowing where to spend and where not to regarding technology
- Effectively planning to make the most of your organisational budget
- Assessing the benefits which a technology investment can bring to your library
Philip UysDirector- Learning Technologies
Charles Sturt University
9:50 am - 10:30 am How Do You Promote Librarianship as a Career?
A report by the Australian Library and Information Association has found that there are 23% fewer librarian positions available now than even five years ago, suggesting a shrinking of Librarianship as a profession. Whilst many libraries are shrinking or changing form, their survival not only relies on a relevant provision of services, but also the perception of librarians as vital community and informational touchpoints. For this to be the case, librarians must be made up of the brightest and most eager minds, willing not only to research and maintain a library’s collections, but also to advise and engage with the library community. This of course sounds like a very versatile and engaging role, and it falls to the current community of library professionals to advertise that to prospective future librarians. This panel discussion aims to bring together some of the foremost library professionals in order to brainstorm how to raise wider awareness and appeal of librarianship as a career, and how to target this towards future generations with the skillsets needed to be great future librarians. Topics to be covered include the most effective ways to target relevant skill-holders, understanding competitive salaries and ways to promote the benefits of a career in a library in your community.
- Understanding market forces to attract the best future librarians
- Examining the complexities of the job market to stand out as a career choice
- Effectively promoting libraries to combat declining perceptions of relevance
10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea
11:00 am - 11:40 am Capitalising on Redevelopment Opportunities to Increase Community EngagementMatthew O’Brien - Head Of Secondary/ Deputy Head of School Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Jan Pocock - Head of Library/ Teacher Librarian Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Renovations and refurbishments are a huge budgetary and time cost for libraries. As such, when the opportunity for a library to change its look or spaces comes along, it is imperative that the right choices are made regarding layout and décor in order to make the most of the investment cost. Carrying out a class-leading change of space and look can completely refresh the appeal of a library, whereas a renovation which is misaligned with usage trends and client wants can lead to a large sum of wasted money. This session will examine Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School’s recent library redevelopment project, first examining how they achieved a complete redesign on a relatively small budget, then discussing the ways which this redesign has boosted engagement from both students and the wider community.
- Effectively planning spatial redesign to match community needs
- Prioritising your budget for library renovations
- Comparing the cost to value of refurbishment versus renovation
Matthew O’BrienHead Of Secondary/ Deputy Head of School
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Jan PocockHead of Library/ Teacher Librarian
Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
11:40 am - 12:20 pm Designing Future Library Spaces to Maximise Future UsageCathy Oxley - Head of Library Services Brisbane Grammar School
The function of libraries has changed drastically over a very short amount of time, and this trend looks to continue into the future. This raises the question of how we should design spaces within the libraries of the future when usage trends are constantly changing. This session will examine trends in contemporary library design, examining how space is used differently now than it has been historically. It will examine the social influences which are informing the design of libraries, as well as forecasting the effects of potential future trends. This futuristic presentation will paint a picture of the libraries of the future, imagining how they might look, feel and function.
- Predicting future trends to inform immediate decisions
- Imagining what libraries can be in order to facilitate short term innovation
- Looking forward to remain agile in your library’s operation
Cathy OxleyHead of Library Services
Brisbane Grammar School
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch
1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Examining Changing Capability Requirements of the Librarian to Better Perceive Future Talent
With numbers suggesting that 52% of librarians in Australia are over 45 years of age, and 20% being over 65 years of age, there is definitely a skew towards an ageing demographic in library staff nation-wide. Whilst wisdom and experience are desirable skills in any industry, the rapid digitisation and rapidly moving landscape of libraries means that librarians must take a future-facing approach to hiring staff. By examining current and future job requirements of library staff, this session will give insight into the necessary skills and experience to look for when scouting for younger additions to your staff, as well as which attributes and talents to promote in your current staff.
- Highlighting the changing mindset of librarians
- Taking a future-facing approach to hiring practices
- Maintaining staff relevance to a changing library user demographic
2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Focusing Your Service Offering to Further Appeal to your ClientsLinda Gay - Librarian University of Canberra- Global Business College of Australia
A troubling statistic exists that library usage across Australia is diminishing as a population percentage. From 2011 to 2016, library users dropped from 44% of the population to 39% in 2016, dipping as low as 35% in 2015. Whilst the temptation may be there for libraries to try and diversify their services to appeal to a broader section of the population, another approach is to double-down on maintaining your current customer-base in these more difficult times. Methods to be covered in this session include understanding which demographics of your customers are core and which are transient, and using this understanding to build a more specialised service to retain the interest of your core clients.
- Understanding your customers to focus your resources
- Examining the debate around depth versus breath of services and facilities
- How to prioritise wants of various customer groups
University of Canberra- Global Business College of Australia
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Afternoon Tea
3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Rethinking the Librarian as an Educator to Better Appeal to User Service Needs
As libraries develop and adapt in form with time, so must the librarians who staff them. As libraries continue to develop further into community oriented community hubs and service providers, librarians must become proficient educators in order to facilitate and drive this learning and skills acquisition. From basic technology instruction to assistance with filling out documentation, the librarian of the future will be a teacher and community leader as much as a researcher or archivist. In this session, ideas will be examined around how best to integrate education skills into your staff training, as well as the best sort of educational programs to include in your library’s services quiver.
- Examining emerging staff capability requirements
- Strategically planning your organisation’s services program
- Looking at the future of librarianship in practise
3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Panel Discussion: What is the future of Libraries?
This closing panel seeks to take one final look at the broader future of libraries. Gathering the perspectives and opinions from a variety of experienced professionals, this session will serve as an imaginative but grounded look at where the industry is headed, what we can hope to see in the future and how different whether libraries will still exist as we know them.
- Discuss the broader futures of libraries
- Gain insight into the direction of the industry
- Gain perspective in order to future-proof and adapt your organisation