Six pre-conference workshops

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Library stars forum 2016
Monday 29 August 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Riverbank room 5, lower level
$300 ($225 concession)
The Library Stars 2016 forum showcases public libraries, recognises their successes, achievements and inspires library practitioners to greater heights.
Library Stars 2016: Best of the best case studies will reflect the conference streams of Create, Engage and Lead with the focus on: understanding and connecting with the broader environment in which we operate; adding value to our libraries and communities through creative initiatives and maintaining and drowing our place and relevance through change and leadership.
Facilitated by Geoff Strempel and Bernie McSwain


Research in information practice
Monday 29 August 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Riverbank room, lower level
$300 ($225 concession)

Morning session:
Whether you are involved in a project at work or want to know how to do research into an aspect of library and information studies, this workshop will give you somewhere to start. Members of the ALIA Research Advisory Committee, and experienced researchers, Dr. Bhuva Narayan, Senior Lecturer, Information and Knowledge Management Program, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Dr Katherine Howard, Lecturer, Information Management, School of Business IT & Logistics, RMIT University, Fiona Salisbury, Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching, Library, La Trobe University and Dr Ying-Hsang Liu, Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University will take you through important steps in the research process and facilitate hands-on activities in designing, conducting and writing up a project

This session is suitable for novice researchers and those with some experience. It will cover the following:

  • The importance of research to the profession
  • Creating an evidence base
  • The research process in the workplace
  • Navigating red tape and ethics approvals
  • Getting decision makers on side
  • The proposal
  • Discussion of completed research projects including examples of action research, case studies, surveys and comparative studies.

Afternoon session:
From a basic user satisfaction survey to more complex studies, research provides direction and evaluates practice. Whether conducting your own workplace research or using the research of others to develop new services or make decisions, it is important to understand how research is done, and the differences in research approaches and methods in order to determine its value.

This session is suitable for those with some experience. It will build on the morning session and will cover the following:

  • Basic understanding of research methods (covering qualitative and quantitative techniques)
  • Research Design
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Preparing and Publishing
  • Analysis of findings
  • Strategies for communicating the results.

Facilitated by Terri Pamment and Liz Walkley-Hall


Grey voices: why should we listen?
Monday 29 August 2016 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Riverbank room 7, lower level
$180 ($135 concession)

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the variety and value of grey literature and participants will learn how to build their own tailored knowledge bank of grey resources.

Grey literature is produced by organisations and individuals in such a multiplicity of formats in ever-increasing volumes that an unofficial definition could be “everything other than commercially produced literature”. It often reflects the voice from the field: that of the policy-maker, the teacher, the scholar, the advocate or the practitioner: the lay or public voice (you or me).

As the majority of this literature is found outside traditional databases it can be challenging to find, requiring both right brain logic and left brain creativity.

Come along and find out what grey literature is, why it’s important, how it’s useful, where and how it can be found and how can it be documented, managed and appraised.

Facilitated by Jess Tyndall


Readers' advisory
Monday 29 August 2016 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Riverbank room 8, lower level
$180 ($135 concession)
The readers’ advisory workshop will help you learn more about young adult and adult RA tools and programming.  It will be an interactive workshop where we will try outour RA interviewing skills on each other, work on RA tools, learn how to set up a one-time or long term book group, and find out what’s the difference between a YA and adult book. Genreblending is the new buzz word in RA and everyone is talking about it – are you?  Join Diane Velasquez and Diana Hodge for an interesting workshop on all things readers’ advisory.
Facilitated by Diane Velasquez and Diana Hodge


Search filters and smart searching techniques  
Monday 29 August 2016 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverbank room, lower level
$180 ($135 concession)

This workshop will cover the areas of:

(1) Search filters: what are they, where can you find them and when and how should you use them? How are they developed?

(2) What we can learn from this methodology to apply in general searching – a look at the Smart Searching resource for some tips and tricks for building expert topic searches.

The workshop will be of particular interest to health librarians, with examples shown being from the health area; however, the methods and principles are applicable across all online searching and would be transferable to other fields.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices (laptops or tablets) for some interactive exercises that will be included in the workshop.

Facilitated by Sarah Hayman and Raechel Damarell


Marketing workshop
Monday 29 August 2016 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverbank room, lower level
$180 ($135 concession)
Marketing has a bad reputation in library and information centre circles.  This workshop is an opportunity to work on your marketing skills and to improve on getting your library’s message out to your internal and external stakeholders.  What is marketing and how can it help your library to compete in the marketplace either face to face or digitally?  What are some simple assessment and evaluation tools that can determine what can be done to improve your voice in the community?  What will a SWOT analysis do for your marketing? What is a marketing strategic plan? Is your marketing aligned to the vision and mission of your organisation? All of these need to be considered and there are exercises that can be done to help improve the marketing of your library.
Facilitated by Diane Velasquez and Jennifer Campbell-Meier

Three breakfast workshops

First timers' breakfast
Tuesday 30 August 2016 - 7:30am - 8:55am
Riverbank foyer, lower level
For first timers to the conference, the breakfast will start your day with fantastic networking opportunities and tips on how to make the most of your conference experience.


NAO - the humanoid robot
Wednesday 31 August 2016 - 7:30am - 9:15am
Riverbank foyer, lower level
He is friendly, small, cute and measures 58-cm tall. NAO assists with the development and progress of science and technology education. Which is being utilised in libraries to teach coding, humanoid robotics and in some cases provide Autism support. NAO will be making a guest appearance at conference, during the appearance delegates will be able to see how easy it is to write code and see NAO come alive.
Facilited by Hugh Kingsley - The Brainary, educational resources


What does your digital 2017 look like?
Thursday 1 September 2016 - 7:30am - 9:15am
Riverbank foyer, lower level
ALIA National 2016 Conference this year aims to provide a forum to “collaborate, network and build partnerships amongst our colleagues, peers, industry leaders and corporate partners”. These objectives can be strongly supported by social media platforms. Indeed, social media tools can support many facets of our personal and professional lives.
Topics to be covered during the presentation: 
- 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.
- W
hat social media means to professionals for their individual development and networking.
Facilited by Michelle Prak (aka Prakky /


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