We had another action packed day at the ALIA National 2014 Conference which started with the announcement of ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime book The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey. Penguin Australia, Storybox Library and SBS are our partners in this important initiative which encourages a love of reading. The book will be translated into community languages meaning it can be ready by many more families. ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime is at 11am on 27 May 2015 when the book is read around Australia at many locations at the same time. We are trying top a participation rate of half a million children…..we’re sure our Members can do it!
Keynote speaker Susan Benton, President and CEO of Urban Libraries Council (ULC) was well received by delegates. She explained how the civil rights and women’s movements taught her some essential lessons in collaboration which she applied in her career. She also spoke of the ULC libraries which regularly receive accolades at international, national and local levels. While ULC libraries are primarily in urban and suburban settings, lessons from their work are widely adopted by libraries of all sizes, including those in rural areas.
A 3D printer made an appearance in the afternoon copyright session — it was standing room only for the panel discussion on this important issue.
The exhibition halls were packed with delegates who could chat to businesses which supply products and services to libraries.
We ended the day with the conference dinner — a chance for delegates to hit the dancefloor.
Today we start with an early workshop on 3D design, printing and application. Make sure you head to the Grand Ballroom to hear Marianne Broadbent, Managing Director of NGS Global, talking about building professional and personal leadership capabilities.
So many streamed sessions to attend in the afternoon and there will be awards presented by ALIA President, Damian Lodge. Don’t forget to follow everyone’s thoughts on Twitter: @aliaconference #national14.