National Library and Information Technicians Symposium 2019

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Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 November 2019, Victoria University City Convention Centre and Box Hill Institute City Campus, Melbourne

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 Margie Anderson, Renate Beilharz and Bradley O'Brien. Supported by the committee of Libby Brackenridge, Fiona Caskie, Edith Fullalove, Robyn Hazlett, Kylie Hill, Eileen Louden, Fiona Malcolm, Peta Noonan, Patricia Stott, Robert Thompson, Karen Williamson and Stacey Zarifopoulos.


Call for proposals have now closed.

ALIA National Library and Information Technicians Symposium 2019 will provide participants with opportunities to:

-          Discover new ideas and innovative approaches to challenges,

-          Diversify their understanding of the library and information sector, and

-          Dive into discussions, workshops, activities and networking.


This Symposium has four streams.

Source (History)
2019 marks the 50th year of library technician training in Australia. The Symposium will celebrate this milestone with a look at the role of library and information technicians in the sector. This stream is designed to be a light-hearted reflection on where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

Rapids (Technology)
The technological landscape is a rapidly changing phenomenon. Library and information technicians are embracing new innovations, providing users with fresh ways of engaging with information.  This stream is designed to provide practical experiences at different levels. Hands-on workshops, training sessions and a ‘play pit’ of various gadgets will be offered.

Currents (People)
Underpinning the role of the library and information technicians are the many and varied currents provided by daily interactions with the community. This stream provides the opportunity to focus on the people and community aspect of information work. (Examples of topics: authors, community partnerships, volunteer management, library programs, outreach, amusing anecdotes, customer interaction, … ).

Divergence (Discussion and debate)
This stream acknowledges the diverse nature of library and information technicians; it provides opportunities to discuss and debate issues of mutual interest.  Sector-based and topic-based panel discussions will be offered.

Key dates:

Call for proposals close                                        21 January 2019 - extended to Sunday 17 February 2019

Presenter notification                                           30 March 2019

Peer review paper submission                              30 May 2019

Final paper or pre-reading submission                 15 October 2019

Program overview

Wednesday 13 November 2019 - Tours, Welcome event.

Thursday 14 November 2019 - Sessions, Sympoium Gala Dinner.

Friday 15 November 2019 - Sessions, Farewell drinks.


Mary Carroll

Mary Carroll (Senior Lecturer) is a Course Director in the Faculty of Arts and Education  at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Her responsibilities include meeting the needs of students in the school and taking a lead role in the Bachelor of Information Studies (BIS) and Master of Information Studies (MIS) degrees. Prior to employment at CSU she was an Early Career Development Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, worked for many years in LIS Vocational Education having started her career as a teacher-librarian in secondary schools in Victoria, firstly as a teacher-librarian and later as a special assistance and literacy programme co-ordinator. She has published in the area of the history of librarianship, vocational education and library education and LIS pedagogy. Her research has included the provision of information infrastructure by private training organisations in Australia, a project funded by a National Centre for Vocational Education Research(NCVER) Early Career Grant, the history of LIS education and the intersections between libraries and education. She is currently vice-president of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) and an Associate of ALIA.

Venue information

The event is being held in Melbourne at Victoria University City Campus and Box Hill Institute City Campus.


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Registrations have not yet opened.

Registration prices are as per the below and inclusive of GST:

Early bird registrations

  • ALIA Member - $385
  • ALIA Non-Member - $500
  • ALIA Student/Retiree - $270

Standard registrations

  • ALIA Member - $500
  • ALIA Non-Member - $650
  • ALIA Student/Retiree - $350
  • ALIA Non-Member Student/Retiree - $455
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Victoria University City Campus
300 Flinders Street
ALIA Event
Wednesday 13 November 2019 (All day) to Friday 15 November 2019 (All day)
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