National Library and Information Technicians Symposium 2017

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Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 September 2017, ACU North Sydney

The symposium will provide an opportunity for library technicians from around Australia to meet together in the formal setting of a structured program, to hear prominent members of the profession, as well as their peers, speak and debate contemporary issues relating to the profession, professionalism and library work in general. In addition, there will be many opportunities for networking including the symposium dinner, opening and closing events and daily breaks as well as the opportunity for networking at the ad hoc gatherings that this event supports and encourages.

Symposium organising committee

The symposium organising committee is led by co convenors Kevin Dudeney and Janette Telford and includes Rowena Brannigan, Punitha Fredriksson, Matthew Griffiths, Troy Mason and Linda Tu.

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Please click here to view the final program.

Abstracts can be viewed by clicking on the presentation title in the above program. Please view available papers and presentations through the above program.


Edmund Balnaves has served in academia, government and business roles covering both library services and information technology. In the last 20 years through his business, Prosentient Systems, he has provided local and international libraries with information technology for collaborative document delivery, digital library systems and library management systems. He also supports the Asia-Pacific document delivery networks, including GratisNet and ALIES. In his professional capacity he is also an advocate for open source, open access and the information technology needs of libraries (particularly the "specials) through IFLA, ALIA and through international library development projects sponsored by the International Parliamentary Union.



Perry McIntyre began her working career as a high school science teacher, was employed in mining towns and, since 1983, has worked in history and archives. She was President of the History Council of NSW in 2005-06, a councillor of the Society of Australian Genealogists for 20 years, has also served on the councils of the Royal Australian Historical Society, the Australian Catholic Historical Society and the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (Chair 2012-15). Perry has published and spoken extensively on immigration and Irish genealogy. Her PhD on convict family reunion was published by Irish Academic Press in as Free Passage: the reunion of Irish Convicts and their families in Australia 1788-1852 in 2010. She is a director of Anchor Books Australia formed to publish good quality history, particularly relating to colonial Australia.

Roxanne Missingham is University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University. She was previously Parliamentary Librarian and Assistant Director General, Resource Sharing Division, National Library of Australia. She has a long career in libraries and IT focused on the development of digital delivery and digital services. Formerly President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), she is currently a member of the CAUL executive.


Allison Sloan has worked as a Senior Library Associate at the Reading Public Library in Massachusetts for twenty-six years. She was honored as the Library Journal Paralibrarian of the Year (2010), and serves as the Chairperson of the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) Paralibrarian Section. Ms. Sloan has a BA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Boston University; received the Library Leadership Massachusetts Certification (2005) and Basic Library Techniques Certification from the MA Board of Library Commissioners (2007). She earned the PAralibrarian Recognition of Achievement (PARA) Level III (2008) and PARA Certification Level IV (2016). She was awarded MLA Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year (2006). Allison serves as an editorial assistant for ALA Associates : The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal (2011-2017). She volunteers as a researcher for the Doris Buffett Letters Foundation, and is working diligently to publish her first novel. She is the handler for her dog, Butters, a certified therapy pet. Together they  visit libraries and universities to read with children and ease the stress of exam week. Allison is the proud parent of two accomplished and graceful adult children, and four amazing granddaughters. Please ask her about them and be prepared to see pictures.

Venue information

The event is being held in Sydney at the Australian Catholic University campus - 40 Edward Street, North Sydney.

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Registations have now closed.

Registration prices:

ALIA Member Early Bird $390.00
Non Member Early Bird $520.00
ALIA Member Standard $418.00
Non Member Standard $560.00
Student Member $280.00
Student Non Member $372.00
Speaker $290.00
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ALIA and the symposium organising committee would like to acknowledge and thank our event partners, ACU and Bolinda, for their generous support.


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wrap up

Please see the Symposium photo gallery here.

Australian Catholic University
North Sydney
ALIA Event
Wednesday 27 September 2017 12:00am to Monday 21 June 2021 10:33pm
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