2014 Forum - Speakers

External Speakers

Carl Grant Carl Grant
Associate Dean for Knowledge Services and Chief Technology Officer, University of Oklahoma Libraries  

Carl Grant is the Chief Technology Officer and Associate University Librarian for Knowledge Services at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.  Previously he was at Virginia Tech Libraries and prior to that was the Chief Librarian and President of Ex Libris North America. Mr. Grant has held senior executive positions in a number of library-automation companies. He has been responsible for the installation of dozens of institutional repositories in Higher Education institutions across North America and Australia. His commitment to libraries, librarianship, and industry standards is well known via his participation in the American Library Association (ALA) and ACRL, LITA; and on the board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), where he held offices as board member, treasurer, and chair.  In recognition of his contribution to the library industry, Library Journal has named Mr. Grant an industry notable.  Mr. Grant holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Geoff Strempel (Public libraries representative) Mr Geoff Strempel
Chair, Libraries Australia Advisory Committee & Associate Director, Public Library Services, State Library of South Australia 

Geoff Strempel is an Associate Director at the State Library of South Australia with responsibility for the Public Library Services business unit.  In this role he manages the provision of support, leadership and strategic advice for the Libraries Board and the State’s Public Library Network as well as managing direct service support for the State’s 140 public libraries. The development of the State’s One Card network has occupied a significant portion of his life for the last 4 years.

Robyn van Dyk
Head, Research Centre, Australian War Memorial  

Robyn van Dyk joined the Memorial as part of the Research Centre in 2002 and has been the Head of the Research Centre since December 2011. Robyn was assistant curator for the Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse exhibition in 2006 and co-curator the First World War centenary exhibition ANZAC Voices. She is the concept leader for Anzac Connections the Memorial’s major centenary web initiative to increase the National Collection’s online availability and enhance the collection in the digital environment. With post graduate degrees in History and Library and Information Management, Robyn has published widely and delivered research papers at major national conferences. In October 2012, Robyn travelled to Afghanistan as the Memorial’s Official Curator, and spent several weeks observing conditions and collecting records and objects for the National Collection. Most recently Robyn will partner with the Australian National University in a major ARC funded research project into Borneo in the Second World War.

Mylee Joseph
Consultant, Public Library Services, State Library of New South Wales  

Mylee Joseph is a library industry specialist with a diverse background working in research and public libraries in New South Wales. From 2012-2014 she led the State Library of NSW Innovation Project trialling social media tools for service delivery and digital engagement with the community.  She provides advice on policy, strategy and operational matters to the NSW public library network within the Public Library Services team.  Her interests include repositioning and re-imagining libraries to meet the changing needs of their communities; building digital engagement skills in library teams using social media tools; integrating mobile technology into delivering library services; exploring the impact of digital scholarship and digital collecting for libraries. In collaboration with Jan Holmquist and Kathryn Barwick, Mylee created the original English language edition of 23 Mobile Things exploring the potential of mobile technologies for delivering library services.

Sharan Harvey
Manager, Library Services, Brisbane City Council 

Sharan Harvey is the Manager Library Services for Brisbane City Council. This is the largest public library service in Australia and serves a population of more than 1 million people across a 1,340km2 area through 33 branches, a mobile library and the City Archives. She also is responsible for Council’s free public Wi-Fi services available across 22 parks in Brisbane. Sharan leads 350 staff to deliver services for more than 6 million customer visits each year. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in the Library industry most of which has been in public libraries. In the June 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Sharan was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to the Brisbane City Council, particularly to the Brisbane City Council Library Service.

Eve Woodberry
Chair Public Lending Right Committee & Chair Book Industry Committee (ebooks) 

Eve Woodberry is Chair of the Public Lending Right Committee for the Federal government. In 2013 as a member of the Book Industry Collaborative Council, she was chair of the Lending Rights Expert Reference Group which focused on ebooks in libraries. Eve’s background is in Library and Information Science and prior to holding a number of senior executive roles at UNE she was University Librarian at UNE and Bond University.

National Library speakers

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres
Assistant Director-General, Resource Sharing, National Library of Australia  

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres is Assistant Director-General, Resource Sharing, at the National Library of Australia, where she is responsible for Libraries Australia, Trove, and the NSLA eResources Consortium.  Marie-Louise holds a Ph.D in Australian Literature, and is celebrating 20 years of working in research libraries this year.  Her career has been almost evenly divided between developing and managing large archival collections (she was previously Senior Curator, Pictures and Manuscripts at the NLA), and developing and managing large online services (she was the inaugural Executive Manager AustLit at UNSW, and the Project Manager of Music Australia at the NLA).

Margarita Moreno
Manager, Document Supply Service, National Library of Australia

Margarita Moreno is Manager of the Document Supply Service at the National Library of Australia where she has worked since 1999. Margarita has participated in a number of projects such as the review of workflows for interlibrary loan, document supply and photographic requests at the National Library; streamlining processes and eliminating efficiencies across formats; and participated in the Interlibrary Loans Benchmarking Study and the development of the Interlibrary Resource Sharing Code.  Margarita served on the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee between 2005-2013, and is the current Chair of the ALIA Interlibrary loan advisory committee.

Monika Szunejko
Director, Database Services, National Library of Australia 

Monika Szunejko is the Director, Database Services at the National Library of Australia where she is responsible for the Australian National Bibliographic Database and the Libraries Australia Document Delivery service. Monika commenced her library career in academic libraries in WA and has worked in public, state and more academic libraries in Australia and Wales before joining the National Library in 2013. Since first logging on to ABN in 1989 she has been a passionate advocate for collaboration and our national resource sharing services, Libraries Australia and Trove, enthusiastically promoting the value they bring to the library community and general public.

Deirdre Kiorgaard
Director, Collaborative Services, National Library of Australia
Nikki Darby
Manager, Libraries Australia Member Services, National Library of Australia
Mel Hunt
Manager, Libraries Australia Help Desk, National Library of Australia