Special Libraries in Challenging Times: Staying relevant, staying alive

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Following on from the government library event in Canberra, the VicSpecials invite you to join the conversation for special libraries to discuss and address strategies for relevance.  Come and learn from the experiences of others!    

Event details: 
When: 5.30pm-7.30pm  
Where: RMIT Swanston Library, Seminar Room 1
Contact: Alison Foster

Speakers include:

Kerrie Ludekens-- Senior Knowledge Management Coordinator, Digital Communications & Publishing, Content Communications & Publishing, CPA Australia

Kerrie has worked at the CPA Library for close to 20 years as a reference librarian, systems librarian & is now responsible for the archives of CPA Australia. Prior to this she was a Teacher Librarian & worked at a number of secondary schools. She has been a member of ALIA for close to 20 years & was involved in the group mentoring scheme in the late 1990’s. The ALIA new graduates group in Melbourne evolved out of the mentoring scheme.

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with more than 144,000 members working in 111 countries.  In 2011 CPA Australia celebrated its 125th anniversary and has a wealth of information across that period in the CPA Australia Archives.

Deborah Schrader— Deputy Librarian (Collections), Melbourne Cricket Club

Deborah has worked at the Melbourne Cricket Club Library for 9 years, initially as a cataloguer, now as  deputy librarian (collections).  Before entering the library profession, she worked as a systems programmer for Centrelink, then Coles Myer.

The Melbourne Cricket Club Library was founded in 1873 and holds historical and biographical material on more than 100 sports including major collections on cricket, Australian rules football, Olympics, tennis and soccer.

Vesna Vukasin-- Library Manager at Dairy Australia

The Dairy Australia library provides stakeholders with access to:

·         Its collection of dairy industry reports, books, journals and online research resources.

·         Industry information produced by Dairy Australia’s network of local and international dairy industry bodies.

·         A central repository for current and past research projects.

·         Online scientific, technical, medical, business, news and patents databases.

·         Free information services to more than 45 per cent of the enquiries received each year from farmers, dairy industry organisations and manufacturers.

This core business function answers over 8,000 enquiries each year for the dairy industry.


The library program seeks to:

·         improve the communication of completed Dairy Australia projects to stakeholders;

·         improve access to related research conducted by other bodies; and

·         provide a service to other research bodies in the dairy industry.

Edda Williams -- Resources Manager for DesignInc Melbourne

With responsibility for the Trades and Reference libraries, project document filing and document life-cycle administration, database management, Quality Assurance in document content and several other Resource and Information management tasks. Edda also sits on a couple of committees at DesignInc.  Prior to joining DesignInc she worked in the education sector as a classroom practitioner holding  Team Leader(Departmental)  roles, teacher-librarian positions and other positions of leadership and responsibility.  Scattered through a career in education were hiatuses that led her to being an Employee Share Plan administrative assistant for BHP, an Administrative Project leader for Wilson HTM – a stockbroking firm. More in the line of library – she was the librarian for Coffey Environments and Geotechnics in Abbotsford, for Ratio – Urban Planners in Richmond and Library assistant at Sustainability Vic.  A Diploma of Education (Primary) was converted into a Bachelor of Education through two-years of part-time study . Most recently, in 2011,  she achieved a Graduate Diploma in Information Management from RMIT, leading her to a new formal career in Special Libraries.

Presentation: 5 easy steps to integrate library services into the business – what’s worked for her. A look at how libraries can become a part of the business and not just a separate entity that people visit when they’ve lost something important or want you to source information.

Representatives from other libraries will also be encouraged to share their experiences during the discussion and question time afterwards.

RMIT Swanston Library, Building 8, Melbourne CBD
ALIA Group Event
Tuesday 30 September 2014 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Contact details
Aliston Foster