ALIA National 2014 Conference — Highlights of the last day

It’s always a bit bitter sweet on the last day of conference. Although you’d like to stay learning and networking each day, there’s another part of you which wants to start putting all you’ve absorbed into practice. But just before you do, take a look at some highlights of the last day.

Many managed to rouse themselves early following the conference dinner to participate in a 3D printing workshop. Andrew Kelly from the Town of Victoria Park Library took us through his experience of managing a 3D printer program at his library. He brought along some 3D printed pieces including a goddess and a heart that fitted together in a puzzle. During the presentation, the 3D printer was running and creating a bracelet made of the same kind of plastic which LEGO® uses for its products.

It was a great demonstration of this technology and interesting to hear about his maker space.

Delegates then headed off to see a famous former librarian, Dr Marianne Broadbent, who is now a managing partner in NGS Global. She took the stage to discuss leadership capabilities and noted that a pivotal part of her career was joining ALIA!

She advised delegates to take risks in their careers, follow their passions and never to stop learning.

She talked about the four ‘As’ of being a leader:

  • Who — being accountable
  • What — dealing with ambiguity
  • How —creating ambience
  • When — knowing when to take professional and personal action

She noted it's interesting that many successful leaders are curious and she advises us to make sure we all include in our CVs or interviews major achievements products and achievements for which we have been responsible.

Another highlight of the day was the launch of a new report the ALIA LIS Education and Employment Trend Report 2014.

At the Education, Skills and Employability Summit, ALIA President Damian Lodge and ALIA CEO Sue McKerracher noted to delegates there is a positive outlook on employment prospects for library and information professionals over the next five years, but the job market will remain tight.

This report provides a valuable overview of what has been happening in LIS education over the last five years and will contribute to our understanding of how best to direct our efforts.

Students can use this report to inform their decisions about the level of study they wish to pursue. Employers will find it useful in identifying the available pool of library and information professionals, and, as the Association, we will use the key findings to support our approach to professional education and qualifications.

ALIA analysis of the data indicates that the job market will remain tight over the next five years but there will be openings as baby boomer workers retire and these existing positions are filled.

Stream sessions continued in the afternoon for health libraries and academic libraries, while the exhibitors were happy to receive inquiries and feedback from delegates.

The fun stuff continued with ALIA members making a huge effort to complete the LEGO® Sidney Nolan masterpiece. It was a huge hit.

The day ended with an address from ALIA President Damian Lodge and many members took out awards. So the day ended on a high note and we’re all looking forward to the next National Conference in Adelaide in 2016. See you there!

Friday 19 September 2014 9:15am