Lorcan Dempsey
  Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist, OCLC

  Proudly sponsored by University of Adelaide

  Tuesday 30 August 2016 - 9:30am - 10:25am
  Main Plenary (Hall L), Ground level



Lorcan coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership and Community Relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognized.

In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services' (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award. He is an honorary Doctor of the University of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. Lorcan began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee. Lorcan has a BA and MLIS from University College Dublin.



  Barbara Schack
  Director of Development, Libraries Without Borders

  Wednesday 31 August - 9:30am - 10:25am
  Main Plenary (Hall L), Ground level




Barbara has been leading Libraries Without Borders’ strategic development and international growth since 2012, driving the creation of overseas branches and the global coordination of LWB’s Ideas Box. With previous experience in profit, non-profit and international organisations, Barbara strives to identify cross cutting and creative approaches to addressing educational challenges globally.

She will present the Ideas Box, a comprehensive portable media centre, with an in-built power source, powerful, standardized, customizable and easy to use. The Ideas Box is a major innovation for improving access to information and culture for all, even in the most remote contexts. The first Australian Ideas Box was inaugurated in Queensland in July 2015. One year later, Barbara analyses the impacts and perspectives.




  Dr Neil Carrington
  Chief Executive Officer, Act for Kids

  Thursday 1 September - 9:30am - 10:25am
  Main Plenary (Hall L), Ground level





Dr Carrington was the Harvard Club of Australia Fellow for 2012/2013 and is currently the CEO of a national charity ‘ACT For Kids,’ an organisation dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children. He most recently was the Foundation National Director of the Leadership Centre for the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). He was the Foundation Director of Learning and Organizational Development for Mater Health Services in Brisbane Australia (a group of seven hospitals). This role was responsible for all organisational and professional development, education, and training for over 7000 medical, nursing, allied health and executive staff.  His featured presentation in the business strand of the ‘World Conference on Thinking’ in Malaysia sold out. His Keynote at the Eighth International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference in 2015 was very highly rated.

Dr Carrington spent over 3 years as Queensland University of Technology’s Director of Teaching and Learning with university wide responsibility for teaching quality, staff development and online learning services for over 40 000 students. He has held academic and leadership positions at a number of universities including QUT, University of New England and the University of Western Sydney. He was the Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee for the Australian Technology Network of Universities.  He currently serves on the Board of Business South Bank and the BGW Group. Dr Carrington has a postgraduate qualification in Special Education, a Masters degree in Education as well as a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. His PhD into perceptions of intelligence was judged one of the largest and most rigorous studies of its type ever undertaken in Australia.




  Kate Torney
  Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Victoria

  Thursday 1 September - 4:00pm - 4:55pm
  Main Plenary (Hall L), Ground level


Kate Torney was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015.  State Library Victoria is Victoria’s oldest cultural institution and Australia’s busiest public library with around 1.8 million visitors each year and 3.3 million visits online.

Kate joins the Library as it embarks on an exciting period of transformation, overseeing its evolution into an innovative contemporary centre for knowledge, learning and culture.  This includes a five-year, $83 million redevelopment projecting building new facilities and function spaces, including a centre for digital media, an e-Town Hall featuring emerging communication technologies, a centre for entrepreneurship and new education, learning and exhibition spaces.

From April 2009 Kate was Director of News at the ABC, leading 1400 journalists and production staff around Australia and in 11 international bureaus. Kate was a member of the ABC’s executive leadership team and reported to the Managing Director. She managed a $200 million divisional budget. 

ABC News produces scheduled radio and television news bulletins as well as continuous news coverage through ABC News Digital, News Radio and ABC News 24. Its stable of television and radio current affairs programs includes Four Corners, 7.30, AM and PM, Australian Story, and Foreign Correspondent. Kate was also responsible for the Asia Pacific News Centre, which produces news bulletins and specialist programs for the ABC’s international services.   

Kate led the News Division through a period of transformational change in the global news industry, expanding the national broadcaster’s news services with the launch and growth of News 24 and the rapid expansion of the ABC’s online and mobile news services. As a result, ABC News is now at the forefront of innovation in digital news delivery, with cross-platform news teams including ABC Fact Check and an interactive digital storytelling unit. Under Kate’s leadership, ABC News climbed from 15th to third place in the digital news marketplace.

Before taking up the position of Director of News Kate was head of the Asia Pacific News Centre. She previously worked as a reporter, producer, executive producer and editor.

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