It's truly a day to celebrate - a wonderful conference packed full of captivating content and Library Lovers' Day as well.
The 14th of February is the day that the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) asks library lovers to celebrate with their library.
ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher said: ‘Did I mention it’s Valentine’s Day as well? But in this week filled with passion – it’s a great time to share the library love. Our libraries will be having events to celebrate and this is a day when a lot of library staff get a hug from their customers!’
ALIA President Tricia Genat and Sage's Lian Todd shared a Library Lovers' Day moment!
Notice the red theme? (from left to right) ALIA President Tricia Genat, the next Director-General of the National Library of Australia (NLA) Dr Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Chair of the ALIA Information Online 2017 Conference Vicki McDonald and the current Director-General of the National Library of Australia (NLA) Anne-Marie Schwirtlich.
Anne-Marie accepted the Redmond Barry Award from the ALIA President for her outstanding contribution to the library and information sector. Read media release
The delegates were pretty keen to get started on the action-packed day.
The keynote address was given by James Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University. His address: The 21st century information professional: chaos breeds life! He served as the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University during 2001-2014, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of 22 libraries. His responsibilities included the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Copyright Advisory Office, and the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York. Neal is President-Elect of the American Library Association. He has also participated on numerous international, national, and state professional committees, and is an active member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).
Delegates enjoyed wandering through the exhibition to take in all the new products and services on offer from suppliers.
Stay tuned delegates because the day isn't over yet and don't forget the welcome reception, sponsored by Fairfax Media.