Monthly Archives: July 2015

Registrations extended until 7th August!

We have extended the registration period until Friday 7th August inclusive. You can find out more information and the registration page here.



Do you select a Library Tour at registration?

We still have room in some tours, spaces are available on the following tours:

  • Hobart Cultural Corner
  • School & Beyond
  • CBD Tour

if you didn’t select a tour when registering, you can update your registration details via your confirmation email, or if you have any problems please contact us and we can add you to the selected available tour.



There are only 10 days remaining to get your registration in for the 2015, registrations close on 3rd August. Don’t miss out on joining us for a Devil of a time.

We have been advised that accommodation is filling fast at our venue Wrest Point.  Make sure you don’t miss out, make your booking now using our special code 684679 to ensure your accommodation is reserved and ready for you.

Delegates must book direct with the Customer Contact Centre at Wrest Point. Bookings can be made by telephone or email:

Telephone: 1800 139 760   Email:

Q&A Forum Panel Members

Announcing our Q&A Panel members for the session on Friday 4th September at 11:45am.

The session will be facilitated by Graeme Rayner, and it will give delegates the opportunity to hear the views of four leading industry identities speaking on our theme ‘Right here, right now : it’s a devil of a time in libraries’.

Following the panel presentations delegates will be invited to ask questions of the speakers. If you prefer, you can also send questions prior to the Symposium commencing, these will be asked on your behalf. Please email questions to with the subject line: Q&A panel question, also include the panel members name you are directing your question to if applicable.


 John Shipp

John is the current President of ALIA   His initial career was as a primary teacher.  He retrained as an archivist and has been part of the library and information profession for almost 40 years.  During that time he has been an archivist and university librarian at the Universities of Wollongong and Sydney.  John was president of the Council of Australian University Librarians from 1992-1996 and president of ALIA in 1998.  John volunteers as manager of the Illawarra Museum in Wollongong.

Throughout his career, John has focused on improving the quality of, and equity of access to, information particularly within the education sector. He has promoted the role and importance of information professionals in the online environment and advocated investment in the national information infrastructure.

 Juliet Webster

 Juliet Webster is the Parliamentary Librarian, Tasmanian Parliament  since January 2001. She has worked since the late 1960s in a variety of special libraries and also at the State Library of Tasmania at different times.  The experience Juliet has had over that time has given her a good insight into changing work processes, client needs and appropriate services and service delivery standards.  The specialist information needs of Members of Parliament has provided a challenge for us to deliver a service that meets their needs and timeframes.

Dr Jill Abell

Jill Abell is the Director of Information Services & ICT at The Hutchins School, Hobart.  Jill has a background in teaching, teacher librarianship, systems and software project management. She has worked in government schools, colleges and curriculum and ICT consultancies prior to the current appointment at The Hutchins School, a K-12 Anglican Independent boys’ school.  She is a member of the peak national educational and library associations and takes an equally active role in the professional learning communities of international schools, libraries, archives and IT educators for information governance.

Helen Ebsworth

Helen has been an educator and librarian for over 30 years and has worked in a range of settings and sectors including schools, Vocational Education and Training and community education. She is interested in exploring how collaboration between libraries, other institutions, community groups and individuals can encourage people to engage, bringing social and cultural benefits to the entire community.  She currently manages regional services in LINC Tasmania.

Do you require car hire whilst you are in Hobart?

Are you in the need of a car while you are here attending the Symposium or pre-post Symposium? AVIS Hobart City Car Hire have the following special offer for delegates.

If you mention our event when collecting a vehicle  from AVIS Hobart office, you will receive a complimentary upgrade to the next class of vehicle ( subject to availability).

 Plus you can earn Qanta Points on eligible rentals*

 To make a booking or to discuss your requirements please contact AVIS Hobart reservations team on 136 333 or online at

(The link will automatically add the discount code if booking online)

Gold Sponsor Announcement

The Symposium Committee would like to thank Charles Sturt University for their generous support by sponsoring our Welcome Drinks on Wednesday 2nd Sept.

Full Registrations are now open

All registration types are now open for the upcoming Symposium, including the option to pay via invoice.

You will find all the registration information here. Registrations close 3rd August.