Information Online 2023

Information Online 2023


We want this conference to be an exciting and innovative experience and to do that we asked for your help. The conference program will be a collaborative, member-built program and we invited you to help curate the program by proposing speakers, topics and provocations for sessions.  

We received a great response to the invitation and we want to thank everyone who submitted their ideas and suggestions. The program committee were inspired by your ideas and have used them to create three sub-themes that will shape the conference program –  

Future Communities – preparing people, customers and communities for the future 

Future Libraries – Creating inclusive and accessible digital libraries and services 

Our Sustainable Future Building sustainable workplaces, workforces and services. 

We would like to thank everyone for their contributions, and we look forward to bringing your ideas together to create a program made by all of us! To kick things off we are pleased to announce the first keynote speaker. Registrations are now open and look for more speaker announcements and the full program release shortly.



Rebecca Giblin

Photo credit - Ivanna Oksenyuk

Professor Rebecca Giblin is an ARC Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, where she works at the intersection of law and culture. She is Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) and leads the ARC-funded Author’s Interest ( and eLending projects, as well as Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project. Her new book Chokepoint Capitalism (with Cory Doctorow, 2022) explores how we can recapture creative labour markets from Big Tech and Big Content to get artists paid. She tweets via @rgibliPhoto credit - Ivanna Oksenyuk

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. His latest book is CHOKEPOINT CAPITALISM (with Rebecca Giblin) nonfiction about creative labor markets and monopoly. His latest novel is ATTACK SURFACE, a standalone adult sequel to LITTLE BROTHER. He is also the author HOW TO DESTROY SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM, nonfiction about conspiracies and monopolies; and of RADICALIZED and WALKAWAY, science fiction for adults, a YA graphic novel called IN REAL LIFE; and young adult novels like HOMELAND, PIRATE CINEMA and LITTLE BROTHER. His first picture book was POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER (Aug 2020). In 2023/4, Tor Books will publish two more science fiction novels for adults: RED TEAM BLUES and THE LOST CAUSE; and Verso will publish THE INTERNET CON, a nonfiction book about monopoly and radical interoperability. He maintains a daily blog at He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University, a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Photo credit - Jonathan Worth

Mike Furlough

Mike Furlough is Executive Director of HathiTrust, an organization supported by 200 members drawn from the academic and research library community, which is dedicated to collecting and preserving the scholarly and cultural record. Furlough oversees the full range of its programs and services, which include a trusted digital library of over 17 million volumes, providing collections access for print disabled users, large-scale copyright research and investigation, innovative support for text and datamining, and the establishment of a distributed print archive among its members.  

Since joining HathiTrust in 2014 he has overseen a dramatic expansion of its collections, services, membership, and staffing, and supported development of its business and operational practices to help the organization move from its startup phases to become a resilient and critical element in the information ecosystem that supports teaching and research. In 2016 the American Library Association recognized HathiTrust’s CRMS Project (Copyright Review Management System) with the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award, recognizing the program’s efforts to undertake systematic copyright reviews of over 1 million works. In 2020 HathiTrust rapidly deployed the Emergency Temporary Access Service to provide continuity of access to academic library collections that were rendered inaccessible due to the Covid-19 pandemic, making the service available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Africa.

Furlough’s work has historically focused on the intersections of emerging technologies and scholarly practices. His research and publications have focused on how libraries and universities develop new organizational supports for changing scholarly communication practices. Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers, which he co-edited with Maria Bonn, was published by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2015. From 2011-2013 he was a member of the faculty of the E-Science Institute, sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, and Duraspace, and he served as a member of the Modern Language Association’s Future of the Print Record Working Group.  Furlough currently serves as a member of the NISO Interoperable Systems of Controlled Digital Lending Working Group.

Prior to joining HathiTrust, Furlough was the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries (2006-2014) where he established new programs to ensure the preservation and curation of original scholarship as well as traditional collections.  In his roles at the University of Virginia Library (1998-2006), Furlough developed and led digital scholarship services that supported researchers in the sciences, social sciences, and in the then-emerging field of digital humanities.  Before he ran away to join the library, Furlough studied American Literature at the University of Virginia. 

The Program Committee

ALIA would like to thank the program committee for their invaluable work in the planning and development of the conference program.

                                                  Roxanne Missingham    Monika Szunejko     Catherine Clark        Anna Raunik


The Australian Library and Information Association would like to acknowledge and thank our industry partners for their generous support. Without the help of our industry partners ALIA would not be able to produce an enriching conference to our dedicated members. 

Platinum Partner

Live Digital Scribe Partner
Conference Partners

Scholarship Partner

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 to
Thursday, 18 May 2023
12:00 pm AEST
Member $395 Non-mem $525. Inst 5 attendees $1500, 10 $2500, unlimited $6500
10.00 CPD Hours