The conference will provide a forum for professional networking and socialisation among national and international participants. Delegates will learn about the latest trends and developments for libraries, share the expertise, experience, and knowledge of the invited eminent speakers and update themselves on new products and services from the trade and publishing worlds. The conference program will be devised to encompass the daily themes of Innovation, Initiation and Inspiration.
The impacts from the popular use of the Internet during the past decade have changed the social fabric, attitudes and lifestyles of people in many ways and as a result, library customers have totally different expectations and demands. Therefore, libraries and information centres, along with the roles of library and information professionals, are subject to tremendous change.
We are also now living in a fast-paced digital age where we expect information to be obtained and delivered at lightning speed. More and more people are using popular Internet search engines such as "Google" or "Yahoo" for quick information, not realising the value of library staff, alternate "search engines", providing fast, accurate and relevant information for specific needs.
Libraries and information workers are still playing a very important role in the social, business, academic and scientific world. However, the time has come for library and information workers to redefine their role in the present digital and knowledge-based environment. It is in this context that the conference is organised to address the various issues currently facing the library and information profession.
Renowned and experienced speakers from Australia and abroad will be sharing their experiences.