ALIA CYS Twitter Chat


How does the #CYSlibchat work? 


Our first Chat will be held on Thursday 13 February at 9pm AEDT and will run for approximately an hour.

As the 14th of February is Library Lovers Day, and the theme for this year is 'Uncover Something New', we decided to ask two panellists to join us in sharing how they took different approaches in showing the love for their libraries and literature. Click here for more information about LLD.



Our Special Guests


Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with kids, using his experience as a primary school teacher. Oliver has performed at various comedy and writers festivals around Australia and Asia. Oliver’s recent books include Don’t Follow Vee and Natural Born Loser, and he is best known for Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd and The Other Christy.





Chris Buckingham is President of Public Libraries Victoria and the CEO of Casey Cardinia Libraries.


Chris loves library land and is passionate about the work that public libraries do encouraging lifelong learning, inspiring creativity, increasing literacy and building strong, resilient communities.

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; was a Finalist in the 2012 Melbourne Awards for Individual Contribution to Melbourne's profile; and has served the visitor industry in a voluntary capacity as Adjunct Professor, College of Business, Victoria University.

He is a member of the Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA) and represents Victoria on the Australian Public Libraries Association.

Chris has been actively involved in the design, development and delivery of the ground-breaking Libraries Lives Campaign – a community campaign to communicate the value of public libraries.

The pursuit of a just and fair society and change for the greater good are what gets Chris out of bed in the morning - along with a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee.


Chris and the Very Hungry Caterpillar were born in the UK on the same day.

In his spare time, he runs a very small farm in West Gippsland with his partner Mikaela, participates in Warragul Parkrun nearly every week and volunteers in local community activities.


Tips for Twitter chat newbies!

  1. Check this page for the chat questions prior to the chat
  2. Follow our twitter account @aliacys. We will be facilitating the chat and posting each question from here.
  3. Follow the two guest panelists for the chat (they’ve got lots to share!)
  4. Follow the hashtag #CYSlibchat to see what everyone is tweeting. 
  5. Start each tweet with a reference to the question you are answering e.g. Q1 is question 1, and A1 is answer 1.
  6. ALWAYS use the #CYSlibchat hashtag on your tweets even when replying to a tweet.
  7. Missed the live chat?! Don’t worry we will using @threadreaderapp so you can catch up on the awesome conversation!

Miss Koko the Librarian has made an excellent video on how to take part in a Twitter Chat. Check it out here:


Chat questions 

Q1. What is the first memory of a special children’s or YA book you uncovered? 

Q2. How can library professionals encourage teens to ‘uncover something new’ at libraries and engage with the collection/ programming?

Q3. What is the best or most exciting Childrens and Youth Services program you’ve seen offered here or overseas that you’d like to try at your own workplace if you could?

Q4. What are you hoping to ‘uncover’ in 2020?


We hope you can join us at our first twitter chat for 2020! Remember to follow @aliacys, Oliver @oliverwinfree and Chris @GippslandSurfer in preparation for the chat!

Any questions please feel free to email the group convenor Nicola McGeown