Pre Conference Library Tours

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Paper Submission and Review Process

If you wish, you may submit a completed paper, in addition to theyour abstract proposal, for peer review and possible inclusion in the refereed conference publication.

The refereeing process will be undertaken in consideration of the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) Research Quality Framework (RQF) proposal.

Referees will be chosen from the library and information community and will be independent experts in their chosen field. Each paper submitted for refereeing will be submitted as a blind (unidentifiable) copy. Written comments are received from each referee for each paper. Papers requiring revision will be returned to authors for the required changes. At no time will the referees be informed of the identities of the authors whose papers they were assessing.

If you submit a paper for peer review, it should include:

  • Paper title
  • Abstract of 350 words maximum
  • Paper - 3000 to 5000 words using 12 point font in Times New Roman or similar
  • Referencing in a format of the author's choice

(Note: the author's name(s) should not appear on the paper)

Reviewers will use three criteria, summarised as follows, and will ask for ratings on a four point scale, 'Poor, Fair, Good, Very good'. (Weightings are approximate).

1. Suitability to the conference themes - importance and interest of the topic to delegates; potential to stimulate interactive discussion (35%)

2. Academic merit of research paper or professional practice paper - Appropriately chosen, researched and documented methods, logical presentation and analysis of results, findings, inferences and conclusions. Creativity, leadership and excellence in professional practice, demonstrated in teaching, staff development, program or institutional development, educational media or services developments, or learning skills services (50%).

3. Standard of writing - Clear and logical presentation, appropriate style, freedom from errors, ease of reading, correct grammar and spelling, use of non-sexist language, appropriate abstract, conformance with specifications for referencing, length and format details (15%)

You will be provided with a link for Paper Submission when you receive your email notification regarding the status of your abstract.

Geraldine Barkworth

Geraldine works with busy library professionals who want a breathing space to focus solely on themselves, their career and their future. You may have read her monthly column in ALIA's incite magazine in 2006 called Librarians On The Edge, a series of interviews with industry thought provocateurs. The interviews revealed maintaining a healthy and happy work / life balance while connecting to a sense of inner purpose is a struggle experienced by information professionals around the world. Geraldine used to work in libraries, library recruitment, library sales & marketing, and retrained as a professional career and personal coach in 2003. Through her coaching and training business, she offers individual and group programs to library and business professionals wanting to become relaxed overachievers, learning to succeed without the struggle and hype of our fast paced world.

Anne Beaumont

Anne Beaumont holds the position of Senior Research & Development Coordinator within the recently created Office of eStrategy and Innovation at the State Library of Victoria. Prior to that, Anne was Application Support Manager in the Library's Technology Services Division for 15 years. At the State Library of Victoria she has also worked as the Reader Services Librarian and Business Information Librarian, after working in special libraries as different as the CSIRO Division of Applied Geomechanics, ACI (for those who remember it), and Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Suzette Boyd

Suzette Boyd holds the position of Head of Library and Information Services at Scotch College in Melbourne. Suzette has earned her reputation for innovative ideas and practice by pushing boundaries, creative marketing and customer service. She is the author of many published articles and regularly speaks at conferences and runs workshops throughout Australia and overseas. Suzette has been the recipient of many awards, including the inaugural Dromkeen Librarian's Award in 1994; the ALIA Award for Innovation in a School Library in 1999 and the International Association of School Librarianship/Concord School Library Web Page of the Year award in 2002. Sharing her love of reading and literature with young people has resulted in Suzette editing two collections of short stories for Harper Collins - 'Between You and Me' (1989) and 'Fatal Twists' (1993) and in 2006 Utopia Press released her book 'The Connected Library: A handbook for engaging users'.

Mary Carroll

Mary Carroll is a teacher in the Library and Cultural Services Unit of Melbourne's Victoria University. In her earlier career she worked in various roles including as a teacher librarian, librarian, language and literacy co-ordinator and classroom teacher. In 2000 she won a Victoria University Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Teaching Excellence and again in 2003, as part the library studies team, was awarded citations in teaching excellence and e-learning. Since 2001 she has been undertaking a PhD at Charles Sturt University in the field of education for library technicians. In 2007 Mary received a TAFE research scholarship from Victoria University to pursue some of the research interests brought to light by her PhD research. Mary has written articles in field of library education, teacher-librarianship and education history.

Damian Lodge

Damian Lodge is a Lecturer and Associate Director of the Centre for Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. His previous positions included that of Manager, Client & Information Services at Wagga Campus Library of Charles Sturt University. Damian has worked in libraries in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. He started his library career in the early 90's as a library technician at the Launceston Public Library. Damian regularly presents and publishes papers locally and internationally at both library and non library events on research related to library management and technology.

Dr Bob Pymm

Dr Pymm holds the position of Lecturer in Library and Information Management, Charles Sturt University, Wagga. He has worked in libraries and related cultural institutions for over 20 years. From 1993 until early 2005 he worked for the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, concluding as the Manager of their Collection Development area. During this time he taught on a casual basis at the University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology. His PhD research was in the area of Australian popular fiction and its preservation and he is interested in researching the role of popular culture materials and their place in documenting society. Dr Pymm's teaching interests include Collection development: policies, selection and retention; Preservation of digital materials and Popular culture and libraries.

Dr Gillian Hallam

Dr Hallam holds the position of Associate Professor, School of Information Systems, Faculty of Information Technology at Queensland University of Technology. Dr Hallam's academic qualifications span the areas of humanities, library and information management and education. She has studied at eight different universities in four countries: the UK, Germany, South Africa and Australia. Before joining QUT, Dr Hallam worked in the corporate sector as library and information manager with major accounting and law firms. Her business information expertise was further developed when she worked at the State Library of Queensland's Business Research + Solutions Queensland (BR+SQ) service. A recipient of numerous teaching awards and teaching grants, Dr Hallam is also the author of many published articles. She regularly speaks at conferences and facilitates workshops and seminars throughout Australia and overseas.

Kevin Hennah

Retail Consultant, Kevin Hennah has worked closely with Public and School Libraries since 2002 on strategies to maximise productivity of space and improve overall presentation and image. As a speaker, he brings credibility to his presentations by drawing on his experience training over 350 libraries throughout Australia & New Zealand. His ideas are further reinforced by examples of new libraries into which he has had design input. The Author of The Victorian Public Libraries' Image Handbook, Kevin has recently worked on a new publication with The School Library Association of Victoria. His recent visits to leading UK Libraries also provide a broad perspective on international developments. Drawing parallels from 15 years experience working with clients in the retail and service industry such as The Body Shop, Virgin Mobile, OshKosh, Westfield, and Kathmandu, Kevin Hennah presents innovative ways to bring new life to libraries:

Dr Anne Lloyd

Annemaree Lloyd is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, where she teaches information seeking and reference in the Bachelor of Library and Information Management, and the research strand in the Masters of Applied Science Library and Information Management. Prior to joining Charles Sturt University, Annemaree worked as a Library Manager in TAFE NSW. Annemaree's research focuses on information literacy in theoretical and applied contexts. Her most recent research has been conducted in collaboration with fire fighters and ambulance officers exploring the phenomenon of information literacy in the context of work practices. Annemaree also has a strong research interest in preservation, in particular, lost and missing documentary heritage and conceptions of significance.

In another life, Annemaree trained and worked as an archaeologist in New South Wales and Victoria.

Learning and Development Conference Proposal

Click here to access our learning and development conference proposal.

This will provide you with the framework for a proposal to your employer for funding assistance, paid leave to attend the conference or both!

Pre-Conference Sessions - Monday, 8 October 2007

Library technician educators' forum
This free session is open to ALIA and teaching institution representatives, and others by invitation. The forum aims to finalise the work begun in 2006 on developing the model for ALIA recognition of library technician courses. It will bring together technician educators and other stakeholders to discuss education of library technicians in the 21st century. Invitations to attend the forum will be issued in late May. Participants will be required to complete some preliminary work prior to the forum.

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1, RMIT University
Free session; attendance by invitation only


Caring for Your Collection: Conservation workshop
Developed in conjunction with Museums Australia (Victoria), this one-day workshop is for staff and volunteers working with collections. It aims to enable participants to identify the main causes of collection deterioration and damage, and introduces preventive conservation strategies.

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm (also available on Saturday 13 October)
Venue: Conference Centre, State Library of Victoria
Free session; bookings essential - see registration form
Thanks to Museums Australia (Victoria) for permission to conduct this workshop.


How to Be a Relaxed Over-Achiever: Reconnecting with the big picture
This workshop is designed to help participants deepen their self-awareness around personal responsibility, choices, priorities and values. Presented by coach and trainer Geraldine Barkworth, it aims to help library and information professionals to be productive and relaxed at the same time, rather than being swamped by workplace demands. Participants will learn how to achieve a better work/life balance, manage time, improve relaxation skills and create a change-management action plan.

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Conference Centre, State Library of Victoria
Free session; bookings essential - see registration form


ALIA National Advisory Congress Regional Meeting
Everyone is welcome to attend this session, although only ALIA members have voting rights. The focus will be on issues relating to library technician education and workforce planning.

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Seminar Room 1, RMIT University
Bookings not required

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