Innovative Ideas Forum 2009

'The value and significance of social networking for cultural institutions'

Theatre, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra Friday, 27 March 2009

Since 2006, the National Library of Australia has organised an Innovative Ideas Forum, with the aim of highlighting new ideas of interest to libraries and other cultural institutions.  The Forum has provided an opportunity for those working on projects or programs that enhance information delivery to share information about developments and trends in providing access to information, and allowing Australians to interact in different ways with cultural institutions.

This year, the Forum will have a particular emphasis on “social networking” innovations, through which online services engage with their users in the development of their content.

  • Bring your laptop and participate. The venue has free wireless internet access.
  • Please tag your blog posts, slideshare presentaions, flickr photos, etc. with: iif2009
  • If you're using twitter, please use the hashtag #iif2009 in your tweets.

Speakers this year include:

  • Marcus Gillezeau, Producer/Director, Firelight Productions, talking about the all-media drama “Scorched” and our approach to the interactive online story telling;
  • Dr Anne Summers, best selling author and columnist;
  • Mark Scott, Managing Director, ABC, talking about new and innovative ways to connect with audiences in more ways, more often in the ever changing digital media environment;
  • Rose Holley, Manager of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program, National Library of Australia, talking about collaborative text correction by user communities in the Australian Newspapers beta service released in July 2008
  • Darren Sharp, Senior Consultant with Collabforge, talking about research on social networking and likely future trends;
  • Jillian Dellit, Director, The Le@rning Federation Secretariat, talking about the challenges of social networking for schooling in our Federation, and;
  • Jo Kay, Freelance Geek, Designer, and Facilitator. Jo will provide an introduction to creative communities in Second Life and the kinds of activities that are currently happening in these environments. She will visit a number of spaces and invite an artist and an educator to speak to us live from Second Life during the session.

There is no registration charge, however due to space limitations registration is essential - see the online registration form. A wait list will be set up when available spaces are filled.  If you register then find you cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible at

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