New media experts to speak at Innovative Ideas Forum

The Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott, and Emmy-nominated producer Marcus Gillezeau will speak at the National Library of Australia’s Innovative Ideas Forum this Friday, 27 March.

This is the fourth forum to be staged by the National Library with particular emphasis for this year’s event on social networking innovations.

ABC chief Mr Scott will talk about new and innovative ways to connect with audiences in the ever-changing digital environment while Mr Gillezeau, from Firelight Productions, will talk about his all-media drama, Scorched, which has just been nominated for an International Digital Emmy award.

The Director-General of the National Library, Jan Fullerton, said one of the aims of the forum was to bring new issues to the fore, allowing cultural institutions like the National Library to embrace the latest technology and look at new ways to show their collections.

“This year the Forum will look at the social networking innovations and how online services engage with their users in the development of their content,” Ms Fullerton said.

The forum will also include a talk by the National Library’s manager of the Australian Digitisation Program, Rose Holley, who will discuss the project’s progress; best-selling author Dr Anne Summers on the role of blogs; and freelance geek, designer and facilitator Jo Kay will look at virtual worlds.

Forum speakers and the audience will be encouraged to blog or twitter throughout the event, which is already booked out.

Interested people can follow the Innovative Ideas Forum online at:
www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/meetings/innovative-ideas-forum/2009

Media Contact:
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, National Library of Australia
02 6262 1704 or 0401 226 697

shopman@nla.gov.au