Day 4 Wrap - ALIA National 2016 Conference

The breakfast workshop yesterday was all about social media and how it can be used in our sector. Facilitated by Michelle Prak from Prakky Public Relations the topics covered in the workshop included:

  • what might social media look like in 2017?;
  • how social media is evolving, with more savvy users and a generation of digital natives;
  • what social media means to the library sector; and
  • what social media means to professionals for their individual development and networking.

There's still time to make your mark on social media or just follow the conversation at the ALIA National 2016 Conference with #national16

The first keynote address of the day was from Dr Neil Carrington, CEO Act for Kids. Dr Carrington spoke about performance culture and how a leader can develop the performance culture they would prefer. 

Dr Vicki Williamson, University of Saskatchewan, gave us an employer perspective on accreditation.

Karen Siegman, Bayside City Council, spoke about the future of Victorian public libaries in 2030.

ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher, launched the ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report 2016.


The report said there will be a modest increase in the number of qualified positions over the next five years, but a decrease in the number of positions for staff without a library and information science qualification. The library and information sector remains an attractive proposition, with a below average unemployment rate and the option for part-time working. However, the workforce tends to be fairly static, with a relatively small number of vacancies occurring through staff turnover, people leaving the sector and the creation of new positions.

This report follows on from the ALIA Health Libraries Australian Census, published in July 2016, which found there are job opportunities in this specialisation. With a 7:4 ratio of retirees to new entrants, job vacancies in health libraries were found to be running at almost 10 per cent, compared with a national job vacancy rate of 1.2 per cent.


Our final keynote address for ALIA National 2016 Conference was from Kate Torney, Chief Executive Officer, State Libary of Victoria. Kate spoke about how libaries are vital community enablers and what we can do to support this vital matrix.


Catch up on all the instagram fun as everyone takes great shots of the conference and wonderful Adelaide.



Friday 02 September 2016 9:15am