ALIA Leadership & Innovation Forums


ALIA invites you to the 2018 Leadership and Innovation Forum series across Australia

These special events are intended to connect ALIA Members with leaders and influencers in the library and GLAMR sector. This is your opportunity to network with some of the key thinkers and decision-makers; the people who drive our industry. 

Our overall theme is leadership and innovation - if we can make these work for us, we will be looking at a bright future for the library and information sector.

The challenge we will be putting to our expert panel in each state and territory in 2018 will be "Meaningful and respectful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and heritage – what more do we need to do? " 

We'll be asking leaders about their vision for innovation and change in their organisations, and the ways they have supported innovative and successful programs, protocols and activities, as well as seeking insights from experts outside the sector.

Come along and enjoy a fantastic networking opportunity and a convivial drink and canape. Cheers!

Free for ALIA Members, however all are welcome.  Numbers will be limited, so be sure to register early for this not-to-be-missed opportunity. 





State Date/Time Location Panellists

6 December

5:00 for 5:30-7:00pm

Registration HERE.

CDU Waterfront 


Hosted by ALIA Board Director, Monika Szunejko, Director Libraries Australia, National Library fo Australia.

Northern Territory panellists:

Marcus Schutenko

Director, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Nadine Lee

Northern Territory Regional Arts Fund Manager

Anja Tait

Assistant Director, Libraries and Learning, Northern Territory Library.

Culturally safe libraries: respecting communities, colleagues, collections and cultures.

Kim Robertson 

Senior Analyst - Indigenous Policies and Programs, Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, Charles Darwin University.



28 November

5:00pm - 7:30pm


Registration HERE.

Great Southern Room 

State Library of Western Australia

Hosted by ALIA Board Director, Monika Szunejko, Director Libraries Australia, National Library fo Australia.

Western Australian panellists:

Deanne Fitzgerald

Senior ATSI Advisor, WA Museum

Elizabeth Spencer

Acting Director, Community Learning & Discovery, SLWA

Denise Smith-Ali

Senior Linguist, Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation 


13 November

5:00pm - 7:00pm


Registration HERE

TasTAFE Library 


Hosted by ALIA Board Director, and Director Library Network, Libraries Tasmania, Helen Ebsworth.

Tasmanian Panellists for 2018:

Mary Blake

Teacher Librarian, Aboriginal Education Library, Tasmania.

Ross Latham

Director Collections and State Archivist, Libraries Tasmania.  Indigenous Cultural Competency training Libraries Tasmania staff 2018 -2021.

Andrew Parsons 

Library Coordinator, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG). The Plomley Foundation and the QVMAG Library collections.

Clair Andersen 

Aboriginal Higher Education Advisor, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT), Division of Students and Education, University of Tasmania.


30 October

6:00 - 8:30pm


Registration HERE

Library at the Dock

Hosted by Paula Kelly Paull, ALIA Board Director

with guest speaker Patricia Genat, Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Nick Thieberger
Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Melbourne.
Maxine Briggs

Koori Librarian, Collection Development & Discovery, State Library Victoria.

Allara Pattison 
Koori Officer, Koori Unit 
State Library Victoria

13 September 




Registration HERE.

University of Queensland Art Museum

St Lucia



Hosted by Anne Reddacliff, ALIA Board Director.

Dr Anita Heiss

Author, 'creative disruptor', Manger of the Epic Good Foundation. Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.

Douglas Watkin

Filmmaker. Founder of Double Wire Productions - sharing stories of indigenous Australia.

Debra Cooper

Programming Coordinator, City of Logan Libraries, Lead - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2013-18. Chair Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group


Guests will also have access to two indigenous-based art exhibitions, and there will be a presentation from local indigenous student, Clare Magro, about her artwork.


13 September



Registration HERE.

UTS City Campus Building, Ultimo

Hosted by Robert Knight, ALIA Board Director and President-Elect

Kirsten Thorpe

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research

Michael Gonzales

University Librarian, University of Technology

Shannon Foster

PhD Candidate, Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, University of Sydney Technology.



20 July

5:00 (for 5:30pm start) -7:30pm


Registration HERE.

Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, SLSA


Hosted by Jonathon Guppy, ALIA Board Director
SA panellists for 2018:
Jelina Haines
Jelina is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of South Australia aimed at the archiving and preservation of traditional Indigenous knowledge by the ethical recording of their stories.  
Rhian Miller
From the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). 
Geoff Strempel
Acting Director, State Library of South Australia (SLSA). 

























































Information about 2016/17 events can be viewed here2015 events can be viewed here.