2008 Forum

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Thursday 23 October 2008

The annual Libraries Australia Forum is a showcase of the developments in the past year. During the forum, highlights of the service are demonstrated, the Annual Report is presented and future directions are discussed.

Futures was the theme for the 2008 Libraries Australia Forum.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Thomas Hickey, OCLC
Photo of Thomas Hickey (keynote speaker)Thom co-leads OCLC’s implementation of the Virtual International Authority File Project (VIAF). He also researches the exploitation of authority data in WorldCat. See Thom’s blog on Identities and authorities.

Eric Lease Morgan
Head of the Digital Access and Information Architecture Department, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. Eric provides content to the ‘New Generation Catalogs 4 Libraries’ list.

Other presenters:

Dr Colin Adrian, CEO, Canberra Institute of Technology
‘The CIT is undergoing a major transformation with plans for some $250 million investment over the next 20 years. As part of this work, the CIT Library will become a learning commons area where students will have 24-hour access to online equipment and new methods of learning delivery.’ As an introduction to this transformation, the CIT examined its brand. Concern about perceptions of its longevity (80 years old), the reputation associated with TAFEs, how to maintain influence, the introduction of new technologies, and fixing a position in a shifting market (for example, from time-rich to time-poor) led to new marketing and positioning strategies.
Simon Porter, Information Manager (Research), eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne
Simon works on the Australian Find-An-Expert database, and is exploring collaboration with the National Library’s People Australia project.See Simon’s paper: Turning Administrative Information Inside Out: A report on creating a University wide Public Research Portal based on Research, Finance, HR, and Library Systems (PDF, 587 KB)

View powerpoints and video clips of the Forum from the 2008 Forum Program page.