Back 2 Basics

ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference
Back to Basics – Perth 2011

Monday 12 - Friday 16 September 2011
Pan Pacific Hotel (formerly the Sheraton)

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The 2011 ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference offers an exciting program of Australian and International Guest Speakers, Workshops and Seminars, Library Tours that take delegates through some of Perth's world-leading libraries and exciting social functions and networking opportunities.

The theme of the Conference, Back to Basics is defined as revisiting the fundamentals, the core values of our work. Characterised by our skills, the quality service and knowledge we offer, the communities in which we work and the networks that connect us. The Conference will offer delegates the opportunity to re-address the values at the heart of working in an information service industry across 3 streams: Personal Development, Professional Development and Client Services.

Updated Preliminary Program now available!

Get a preview of the workshops and sessions on offer across the Conference's 3 streams as well as Keynotes, Plenaries and Satellite Events.

Click here to download the Preliminary Program as a PDF document (PDF: 121kb)

Satellite Events


Date: Monday 12 September 2011
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Venue: Theatre Room, State Library of Western Australia.
Cost: $132 ALIA Members / $172 non-ALIA Members /$66 Students

The ALIA AcquisitionsGroup annual seminar provides a showcase of informative and entertaining presenters covering the Basics of Acquisitions, and is offered as a Satellite Event to the ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference. Registrations for this event cannot be processed through the Online Registration Process - please click here to download the Acquisitions Registration Form (PDF: 436kb).

Dr Lisa Cluett
Date: Monday 12 September 2011
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Venue: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia
Cost: Free with conference registration

Presented by Dr Lisa Cluett

This excellent workshop will provide tips on presentation skills and the process involved in preparing an engaging presentation. This session is offered to assist Libtech 2011 first time presenters, and other delegates wishing to upskill in this area. Delegates are encouraged to venture out for morning tea after the workshop to one of the many cafes in and around the State Library of Western Australia. Registrations for this event can be done via the Libtech 2011 registration process.


Date: Friday 16 September 2011
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Pan Pacific Perth
Cost: Complimentary with all Libtech Registrations; Non-Delegate ALIA Member (or Partner Member) $45; Non-Delegate non ALIA Member $60; Registration Cost includes entry into the "Remixer" Function, see below

Open Forum Panel Discussion - a joint ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference and ALIA New Librarians Symposium Event. The Organising Committee were excited to invite twenty eight industry leaders from the Western Australian Library and Information Community to a planning meeting to present and discuss the 'Back to the Future Forum' - an event adjoining the two ALIA Perth 2011 Conferences. Twenty seven people accepted our invitation and enthusiastically embraced the idea and contributed to the discussion. The Committee has taken on board the suggestions from the planning meeting and highly anticipates the Forum will lead to some challenging and interesting discussion about the sustainability of the industry and our profession. A cross section of passionate 'industry insiders' from Australia and overseas have taken up the challenge and accepted our invitation to be on the panel. We are delighted to have the opportunity to challenge our speakers and engage our audience, to look at our future and the way forward for our libraries in a forever-changing information environment.

Delegates may register as part of the Conference Registration Process. Non-Delegates may register by downloading, completing & returning the Registration Form (PDF: 108kb).

Keynote Speakers
Rachel Green   Rachel Green

Rachel is one of Australia's most dynamic, down-to-earth and engaging keynote speakers and in 2010 was awarded the highest level of accreditation in the professional speaking profession: Certified Speaking Professional, (CSP). She is also an award-winning communication and networking specialist and an emotional intelligence coach with over 25 years experience.

Rachel has published 20 CDs including, "How to deal with difficult people without getting upset", and "Happy not hassled: Easy meditations for peace and calm", along with a printed book "Midlife and Happiness", a DVD "Business networking: The skills you need" and 6 Electronic books. Her most popular E-book, "Being a brilliant master of ceremonies" has sold in over 40 countries worldwide from Bermuda to Vietnam. She's now writing a book on business networking skills.

She has tertiary level qualifications in psychology, speech pathology, adult education and the Feldenkrais method and graduated from both her psychology and speech pathology programs with distinction.

She currently heads up a speaking/training/coaching company: RachelGreen.Com Pty Ltd. Rachel is also the Founding Director of Confident Woman Australia, Australia's only national organisation devoted exclusively to self-confidence, self-esteem and managing anxiety for Australian women across the life span.

Prior to this she worked for the ABC training its TV and radio presenters and before that was an academic at Curtin University. She's also been a voluntary counsellor on a 24 hour crisis line, run an executive committee for a not-for-profit organisation, and been meditating since 1987.

When not working she likes to do the gardening, watch comedy videos, develop a nature retreat with her husband, and spend time with her Gen Y godsons ... and laugh a lot.

Once described by a journalist as a "pint-sized dynamo" she is known for her high energy and sense of humour and promises not to be boring!

Alison Sutherland   Alison Sutherland

Alison started her involvement with libraries at the age of 6 when she created her first date due slips, progressing at the age of 9 to her first date stamp via her Christmas stocking!  Her first voluntary post was at Marmion Primary School at the age of 11, then at Duncraig/Sorrento public library when she was 14.  Sad but true!!!!

During the past 20 years Alison has worked in School, Health, Special and Academic Libraries in areas including records management, acquisitions, serials, cataloguing, circulation, information literacy, reference and electronic resources; both in Western Australia and London.

She started at the State Library in August 2005 moving from Curtin University of Technology Library where she had worked extensively with EBL (Ebook Library) the Perth based Ebook company to develop an academic library model for their Ebook suite, as well as overseeing the implementation of SFX, an Ex Libris tool that links subscribed journal holdings with databases via an OpenURL protocol.

As Director of Resource Services Alison oversees the areas of Acquisitions, Access, Preservation and Maintenance, essentially the life of all State Library collection materials (including public library materials) from the time they enter the building to the time they are conserved or discarded.

Alison is a professional member of the Australian Institute of Management, a life member of the Australian Library and Information Association, and an Aurora Leadership Institute Alumnist.

Elaina Norlin   Elaina Norlin

Elaina Norlin is the Executive Director/Regional Library Manager for the Broward County Library System. She is an accomplished teacher, technology and leadership development trainer and writer with extensive leadership experience and a flair for public relations, sales and communications. To date, she has delivered over 40 workshops, training sessions, presentations and institutes both nationally and internationally on marketing, web usability design, facilitation, strategic influence and conflict management. Self motivated and results oriented, she is well known for my ability to juggle many projects at once. She is also the co-author of the book Usability Testing for Library Websites which has been selected for a second edition and E-Learning and Business Plans: National and International Case Studies.

Invited Speakers
Andy Wright   Andy Wright

Originally from England, Andy Wright is a fourth generation story-teller, descended from three blind matriarchs; his mother, grand-mother, and great-grandmother all of whom although lacking physical sight passed on the ability to truly see the world through our imagination. Andy’s valuable gift of story-telling in the ancient Celtic oral tradition means he is “able to paint pictures with his words and actions” (Waikato press) “transporting listeners to a world of weird and wonderful characters of every shape size and personality." (Rotorua review)

Andy now travels around the world telling stories, at theatres, festivals, libraries, schools, and conferences. Wherever he travels reviewers have been full of praise. “His stories are simple that so many people can relate to - the glory of scoring the winning try, the horror of having a tooth knocked out, the ignominy of having to wear glasses that looked like they had been cut from the bottom of milk bottles." (New Zealand Press Association). Andy performs regularly in Europe, New Zealand, Asia, Australia, and South America as well as other parts of the world.

Teachers and Students have been equally captivated by Andy’s stories. "Andy was absolutely fabulous. The students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed his humour and the exquisite deliveries of the three contrasting stories. Andy is a true storyteller who enters into the heart of his stories and has his audience in the palm of his hand” (St Clement of Rome School)

Whilst others have celebrated the value of his workshops. “a clear and practical set of suggestions for exploiting the concept of storytelling, whether for children or adults. He shows how even traditional tales may be adapted to suit or appeal to a modern audience, or an audience with different cultural norms and expectations to those of the teacher or storyteller." (International Association Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. UK.)

Andy believes that everybody benefits from an introduction to the power of words. Words, not just as ink on a page, but words that can be experienced as living entities that change and breathe, and build meaning and story, like the raising of a great structure.

Andy often states that one of the inspirations for becoming a story-teller was the gospel of St John, and the “word becomes flesh”. Story-telling is an opportunity for people to extend their literacy experience to more than stories as words, collected together in a book. Before the age of books, stories were flesh and blood, they were a manifestation of a living symbiotic relationship between an audience and a teller, changing and growing with each new re-telling. This is the magic that our ancestors experienced as story-telling. It is our heritage and now our opportunity to compare the oral story to the written story, learning about the relationship between oral and written literacy.

Through Andy's story-telling individuals gain insight into the culture of others and are able to compare this experience to that of their own culture, to discover the humanity that joins us all, and the differences that make each of us unique.

Individuals will learn that each one of us has a powerful and important story to tell, each of  us lives a life that is a unique odyssey. With the richness of language and words we can tell that story.

Sarah Garnett   Sarah Garnett

Sarah Garnett is a corporate communications producer, married mother of two and also the Founder of The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library. She has a story to tell that is truly unique.

One night in 2003, Sarah noticed a homeless man sitting in the gutter reading a novel under a streetlight. She started a conversation with him and it was there The Footpath Library was borne.

The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library gives away around 2000 free books a month to homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney and Melbourne. It is a library that is noisy, outdoors, requires no membership, you can take as many books as you like and they don’t have to be returned. There is no other library like it anywhere in the world.

Sarah’s story is about taking a risk on an opportunity that comes from left of field, changing your life on a hunch and how one person can make a difference.

The Footpath Library characters’ Sarah introduces in her presentation leave her audiences stunned, incredulous and moved to tears. You will meet people who are funny, intelligent and friendly, who love to read and are very much like you and me.

Sarah has spoken to corporate groups and students, community organizations and retirees. All walk out of her presentation inspired by the difference the simple act of giving a book can make to someone who has nothing.

Sarah is dedicated to promoting literacy and changing the attitudes we have towards homeless and disadvantaged people. She is an emotive, inspirational speaker who appeals to all ages and all walks of life.

Dr Lisa Cluett   Dr. Lisa Cluett

Dr. Lisa Cluett, is the Project Leader for a federally-funded (ALTC) leadership grant focused on emerging technologies based at The University of Western Australia. This role involves working across institutions in WA to investigate how staff learn about, apply and spread knowledge of emerging technologies using the 'viral' concept. Lisa's research interests and publications focus on the key role that professional staff play in the student experience 'outside the classroom'. She has managed the annual survey of first year students access to, experiences with and expectations of ICT at UWA for the past 5 years and used results from these surveys to design and develop online programs and communities for University students, including the UWA Students Facebook page. Lisa is responsible for staff training and development in emerging technologies within the Student Services Division at UWA and has implemented initiatives using animations, online communities, podcasts, video contests and student-generated content in a variety of contexts. Lisa was recently appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow in the UWA Faculty of Education and consults on projects using online delivery for a range of institutions across the tertiary education sector.

Barbara Combes   Barbara Combes

Barbara currently lectures for the School of Computing and Security Science (SCSS) at Edith Cowan University. She lectures in Information Services Management, Information Literacy, the Information Society and Literature for Children and Young Adults. Her major interest areas include the role of teacher librarians in education, plagiarism, online learning and the online experience in distance education particularly for first time users, information literacy, policy and planning. Barbara is completing her PhD on the information-seeking behaviour of the Net Generation. Barbara will lend her expertise in facilitating the panel discussion for the Conference.

Richard Bone   Richard Bone

Richard is the President of the WA Internet Association and a past director & current member of the Policy Advisory Committee of the National Internet Industry Association. In these roles, Richard contributes his skills and talents to the development of policies and standards that support the internet industries. Richard’s work includes the development of cloud-based software systems and is passionate about promoting the internet as a tool to improve quality of life, access to education and information, and leisure for Australians. Richard’s session will provide valuable information and resources to help library professionals deliver safe, responsible and enjoyable internet access to their clients.

Ryan O'Connor   Ryan O'Connor

Ryan O'Connor is the Manager for Injury Prevention and Health Services at Health on The Move. Ryan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with a wealth of clinical experience and a passion for helping people rehabilitate through exercise programs. Ryan is a current board member of the Western Australia Chapter of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and in 2009 received a national award from ESSA for Exercise Physiology. Ryan is also a regular contributor to Australian Men's Fitness magazine and a self-confessed sports fanatic. Ryan's session will provide tips and tricks for library ergonomics and workplace injury prevention in library settings (for example, while shelving or handling equipment) and looking after your health as a library and information professional.

Master of Ceremonies
Mr Grant Stone   Grant Stone

Grant has had 35 years working as part of the team building the material collections of Murdoch University Library, being employed as Scholarly Resources Librarian until October 2010.

Grant has had a lifelong interest in Science Fiction and popular culture, although he began his academic career with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Botany and Zoology completed in 1972. He then studied education for a Dip Ed, before studying for a post grad Librarianship diploma at WAIT (Curtin), 1975.

Grant is a frequent radio broadcaster and has contributed to the weekly review programme, 'The Faster Than Light Radio Show' to RTR-fm, and National Public Radio for over 30 years. For two seasons he was part of the ABC-TV team presenting 'Can We Help?'.

Grant is an Australasian Ambassador for Laughter Yoga and is the Convenor of LaughWA.

Grant will also be presenting his infamous 'Laughter Yoga' session as part of Wednesday's exciting LibTech line up of workshops and conference sessions.
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