Conference Day One: Thursday, 24 August 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Coffee & Registration

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Future of Libraries: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Automation and Makerspaces for Continued Alignment with Trends and New User Requirements

Daniel Flood, Creative Manager, The Edge (State Library of Queensland) Margie Jantti, Director Library Services, University of Wollongong
Thinking about the future of Libraries and trends, helps library professionals make sense of the changes that are happening in their environment.
It helps align their work to users’ current needs and expectations, and innovate services and programs so that libraries remain integral to the future of their communities. This session will explore trends in the library sector and how they can be implemented within universities and public libraries.
  • Library users are becoming more diverse with a range of do-it-yourselfers, tinkerers, hackers, entrepreneurs utilizing library spaces – how does makerspaces work for these users
  • Benefits and implications of AR, VR, automation and markerspaces in the context of libraries
  • Incorporating AR and VR into library services which are user friendly for non technical staff

Daniel Flood

Creative Manager
The Edge (State Library of Queensland)

Margie Jantti

Director Library Services
University of Wollongong

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM Effectively Redesigning Library Spaces and Student Support Model with the Aim of Future Proofing Learner Environments at The University of Sydney

Coral Black, Director, Site Services University Library, University Of Sydney
A world class student experience is more important than ever for academic libraries as client expectations increase year on year. The University of Sydney Library Service has redeveloped five library spaces to povide more flexible and inspiring learning environments that meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students.

This session will look at how the university has moved away from the traditional library service model.
  • The redevelopment of library space and staff structures
  • Integrating space, technology and staff to deliver a new model of support beyond the traditional classes and workshops
  • Lessons learnt, evaluation from the perspective of our clients

Coral Black

Director, Site Services University Library
University Of Sydney

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Why wood is good for our health and wellbeing

David Rowlinson, Make It Wood Campaign Manager, Planet Ark
Planet Ark has completed a new report – Wood – Nature Inspired Design – which outlines the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world and how with ‘nature connected design’ (also called biophilic design) and using wood we can bring nature indoors and provide a healthier, happier environment for all.

The health and happiness benefits associated with spending time outside in nature are well known.
This love of time in nature has been termed ‘biophilia’ and explains our innate need to connect with the natural world. This relationship can be extended into the built environment where we live, work, rest and play.

As it is not always possible to increase our time spent outside, particularly in areas like workplaces, schools, libraries and hospitals, understanding how to incorporate the benefits of nature into our indoor environments is an increasingly important area of research. The presentation will highlight the health and wellbeing benefits that can be achieved by using wood and nature connected design.

David Rowlinson

Make It Wood Campaign Manager
Planet Ark

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Speed Networking

A structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Tea

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM A Monash Library Case Study: Innovative Teaching for Innovative Spaces

Barbara Yazbeck, Learning Skills Adviser Pharmacy Library, Monash University Madeleine Bruwer, Subject Librarian, Monash University
Pedagogical shifts in curriculum have impacted on the role of libraries and those who work in them, particularly in the university sector.
Librarians are increasingly expected to engage with teaching and learning in flexible and innovative ways and to be able to do so in a variety of teaching spaces. At Monash University, librarians work with colleagues who are learning skills advisers to deliver innovative teaching in a range of next generation settings. Recent developments in the new Master of Pharmacy degree will showcase innovative ways of engaging with new curriculum in new generation spaces.
  • Partnering with Faculty to embed skills in new curriculum
  • Working collaboratively with learning skills advisers
  • Innovative teaching for innovative spaces

Barbara Yazbeck

Learning Skills Adviser Pharmacy Library
Monash University

Madeleine Bruwer

Subject Librarian
Monash University

12:40 PM - 1:20 PM Achieving Genuine Buy-in to Transformational Change – A Case Study

Carmel O’Sullivan, Director Library Services, University of Southern Queensland
Implementing large scale change is always confronting for staff. Often, despite best efforts at structuring a change to achieve a purpose, a disenfranchised staff group may undermine the transformed organisational structure and purpose.
This session presents a case study in which the buy-in of staff to the change was addressed foremost in the change process, in an attempt to ensure that each individual understood, and was committed to both University’s goals, but also the future state of the academic library service. We will share -
  • Strategies to educate and inform staff
  • Strategies to gain buy-in and generate excitement about transformational change
  • Strategies to deal with change fatigue

Carmel O’Sullivan

Director Library Services
University of Southern Queensland

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM Lunch Break

The Melbourne Library Service podcast, Dear Reader, is the first Australian Public Library podcast focused on the reader and the reading experience. It is not something which Justine ever thought she would be doing as a public librarian but is another use of technology to leverage library-created content and engage a potentially international audience. It is also a successful example of how upskilling library staff can add value to your offer. Benjamin will discuss valuable examples of how to train library staff in new technology skills that will vastly improve the self determination of the staff and the services the library can offer to the public.
  • Provide a clear example of how to train library staff and the need for a dedicated multi-skilled technology team within library services.
  • Gain an understanding of the steps involved in developing a program reliant on library staff upskilling + expert support.
  • Discuss the importance of librarians as curators and content specialists, supporting the public in knowing how to access and understand collection content.

Justine Hanna

Sam Merrifield and Customer Engagement Team Leader
Moonee Valley Library Service

Ben Kolaitis

Team Leader of Emerging Technologies
City of Melbourne

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM Embedding Innovative Technology, Spaces and Communities of Practise at The Edge for Engaging 21st Century Users

Daniel Flood, Creative Manager, The Edge (State Library of Queensland)
Conceived as a ‘library of the future’ model, The Edge launched by the State Government of Queensland in 2010, is at the forefront of re-imagining libraries for the 21st century.
Libraries across Australia are actively experimenting with and incorporating new technologies in to their digital strategies. This session will look at ways in which libraries can create communities of practice for integrate cutting-edge tools for enhanced user experience.
  • Emerging practises for next generations libraries and librarians
  • Importance of collaboration, equity of access for libraries , empower others to proactively enable sharing
  • What next and how do we empower staff, stakeholders and communities

Daniel Flood

Creative Manager
The Edge (State Library of Queensland)

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM Afternoon Tea

Today’s libraries have functions other than just housing printed materials. As pedagogy shifts and learning becomes more team oriented and less individualistic, there is a new demand for collaboration space for students. While providing collaborative space is important, there is also still the need for individual study spaces.
  • Pushing boundaries of the library environment with the aim of improving user experience in learning and discovery
  • How has the role of the librarian evolved and what skills are required for the future
  • Challenges associated with learning and collaborative space design for the digital natives


Barbara Yazbeck

Learning Skills Adviser Pharmacy Library
Monash University

Carlo Iacono

Principal Librarian Collections & Services
Supreme Court Library Queensland

Justine Hanna

Sam Merrifield and Customer Engagement Team Leader
Moonee Valley Library Service

4:50 PM - 5:20 PM CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE: Emerging Roles and Possible Futures for Librarians

This roundtable discussion will aim to deliberate what professional roles do librarians currently play and how has this job evolved. In the past years. And perhaps most importantly, the participants will discuss how they see the librarian’s role changing and evolving in the future?
  • Is the librarian’s role evolving to one of librarian as teacher, technology specialist, information consultant, knowledge manager and subject librarian?
  • The need for providing additional resources and training required to up skill and re skill staff
  • Where is the role of the librarian heading towards?

5:20 PM - 5:30 PM Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

5:30 PM - 5:30 PM Networking Drinks